The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award The Best Contribution to the Community (CSR) of the Year Award to an organisation, trading at least 12 months based in the Mid-West Region, that demonstrates a significant positive impact on the community. This can be in a variety of areas such as those that have a social, economic, environmental or cultural impact. The Contribution to the Community (CSR) Award recognizes an organisation that has a significant positive impact in the community, CSR forms part of the key values/principles of the company and it is known to employees with a structure in place to enable continuous engagement with the community.
The DBEI publication ‘Good for Business, Good for the Community’ states that a key priority for a socially responsible business is to develop and maintain strong and mutually beneficial relationships with its community. It is at the local and community level that the impact of increased CSR activity will be felt in social, economic, or environmental terms. Using scarce resources efficiently, helping people to develop their potential, and building self-reliant communities are all part of the benefits that will be seen when businesses embed CSR practices into their mainstream operations. Respectful consultation, participation, and collaboration with local communities bring a host of benefits to the enterprise as well as to the community. An active interest in the community by a business can generate community support, goodwill, and loyalty. There are many ways in which enterprises are involved in communities in Ireland through proactive social inclusion projects, outreach programmes, staff volunteering initiatives, support for broader health and wellbeing programmes, fundraising, mentoring, etc.
Judges will be looking at:
- Innovation & Adaptability: Projects go beyond stereotypical actions and make an effort to think outside of the box when addressing the relevant issues. Projects are capable of adapting as they progress – important in the current environment.
- Engagement and Collaboration: Projects engage staff at all levels of the company and involve knowledge or skills sharing. There is a strong and mutually beneficial collaboration with any partner charities, communities, or other stakeholders.
- Strategy & Communications: Projects involve clear identification and prioritisation of goals and actions, and effective communications with all stakeholders.
- Social Impact: Projects have a demonstrable, positive impact on the relevant stakeholders and are sustainable.
- Business Impact: The company and staff benefit from engagement in the project. CSR projects support and complement core business strategy.
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To be eligible for the Best Contribution to the Community (CSR) Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months in the Mid-West Region. They can be an SME or Large company including a multinational. Not-for-profit organisations cannot apply for this award – see Best Not for Profit Award.