CSR Directory 2011
Corporate Social Responsibility Directory 2011 by Clearpoint Media Ltd.
In Association With CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 1 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 INTRODUCTION Corporate Social Responsibility Directory 2011 I am delighted to welcome the publication of this 2011 Directory which is a constructive and positive guide for companies and organisations who are exploring the possibilities and benefits that may emerge from involvement in a corporate social responsibility programme. The contact details within this practical and time-saving directory will be useful for Irish businesses who wish to voluntarily work with worthy causes on the ground, and build relationships that fulfil a long-term policy interest. Similarly the convenient listing of hundreds of Irish companies currently engaging in corporate social responsibility progammes will be of great assistance to charities themselves. There is also, within the Directory, an informative selection of topics on areas such as taxation and working with donors. The partnerships that may arise from corporate social responsibility programmes can be beneficial to all. Company staff engaging with a charity, perhaps within their own locality, will enjoy both an enhanced work-life balance and a rewarding experience. In turn that volunteer's time, commitment and transferable skills will add enormously to the work of the chosen charity. I trust the information in this 2011 Directory will assist in matching the corporate social responsibility objectives of companies with the aspirations and hopes of the many wonderful voluntary and charitable organisations throughout the country. Pat Carey TD Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs "Company staff engaging with a charity, perhaps within their own locality, will enjoy both an enhanced work-life balance and a rewarding experience. In turn that volunteer's time, commitment and transferable skills will add enormously to the work of the chosen charity." CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 3 Any one of us - at any time - could become a Family Carer. Any one of us - at any time - could find ourselves in need of care. "Family carers" are people who care at home for a loved-one who is elderly or seriously ill, someone with a disability or a child with special needs. There are over 160,000 Family Carers in Ireland. Help to support this unseen army of everyday heroes. Please get involved. To find out more visit www.carersireland.com Or contact Emma Murphy, National Fundraising Manager at 086-040-3652 or firstname.lastname@example.org WELCOME A very warm welcome to the 2011 issue of the Corporate Social Responsibility Directory. When looking back on the last year, my first thoughts were that 2010 continued on with the trends that defined 2009 � tough economic circumstances, high unemployment and a tumultuous business climate. `Challenging' has been the byword for nigh on impossible but having been privy via this Directory to the stellar work and the absolute commitment of Irish charities and, despite the odds, the support Irish businesses are continuously providing, it has been heartening to see the reaction of everyone pulling together. What we have tried to do in this Directory is reflect the current climate, but also the sea change that is happening in the Irish business world. There is a sense of a different way of doing business, that while profit and loss will always be the bottom line, businesses are starting to fully understand the benefit a proactive CSR policy can bring to their business, their reputation and their employees, and how charities can ultimately help businesses to help themselves. The Directory was initially designed with a two-fold purpose � on the one hand to have a straightforward directory to allow businesses and charities to synch up and work together on a mutually beneficial basis, but also to explore the issues and challenges facing both parties in the current climate and hopefully helping answer some of the big questions on areas like taxation, leaving a legacy or touch on more pragmatic areas like event organisation and fundraising. We wouldn't be able to do this without the continued support of Irish businesses and charities. Our commercial partners mean the Directory can get printed and published and we can't thank them enough for their support. We are also grateful to the many bodies, businesses and organisations that have taken the time to answer our questions or contribute editorial, and a very special thank you is also due to Ronan Foley from Ecclesiastical Insurance for his support in our distribution efforts, helping us get our message about the importance of CSR to as wide an audience as possible. And of course, a big thank you to the design, editorial, production and sales team who have worked tirelessly to make this a quality and worthwhile publication. On the back of this issue, we're already excited for our 2012 issue and we would encourage our readers to take the time out and vote for their Top CSR Company which we will announce in next year's Directory. You can find further details on page 79. We always want to hear feedback, and if you have any you'd like to share, or indeed ideas for next year's issue, feel free to get in touch on email@example.com. On behalf of all of the team at Clearpoint, I wish you a successful and rejuvenated approach to 2011. Very best wishes, Trisha Trisha Doyle ". . . having been privy via this Directory to the stellar work and the absolute commitment of Irish charities and, despite the odds, the support Irish businesses are continuously providing, it has been heartening to see the reaction of everyone pulling together" CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 5 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CONTENTS Going fORWARD: your business and your CSR policy Pg 9 THE GOOD PR GUIDE Pg 68 the main event Pg 69 TAX MATTERS Pg 14 FUture funding Pg 74 tRUST IN ME: Choosing a trustee Pg 20 CSR COMPANY OF THE YEAR Pg 79 Lasting impression: leaving a legacy Pg 23 making a difference: VOLUNTEERING Pg 81 A-Z listings of Irish charities Pg 24 The perfect partnership: business and charity profile Pg 85 & 87 THINKING BUSINESS Pg 41 business impact Pg 88 making good business sense Charity categories Pg 44 Pg 90 TOP 1,000 IRISH COMPANIES PG 92 the fourth way Pg 52 eVENTS CALENDAR 2011 Pg 55 Published by: Clearpoint Media Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction by any means in whole or in part without permission of the publisher is prohibited. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this directory is correct at the time of print, the publishers accept no responsibility whatsoever for any inaccuracies that may occur. �Clearpoint Media 2011 Clearpoint Media Ltd. 1st Floor 24a Newtown Park Blackrock Co. Dublin Tel: 01-2056700 firstname.lastname@example.org www.clearpointmedia.ie CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 7 www.cuanmhuire.ie Cuan Mhuire is Irelands largest voluntary provider of Rehabilitation Treatment for individuals suffering from Addiction and other related problems. Cuan Mhuire has treated in excess of 75,000 persons since it was founded in 1966 by Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald. Its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from Alcohol, Drug (Illegal and Prescription), Poly-Drug and Gambling Addictions. Cuan Mhuire has approximately 500 treatment beds nationwide through their centers in Bruree, Co. Limerick; Farnanes, Co.Cork; Athy, Co. Kildare; Coolarne, Co. Galway and Newry, Co. Down. When you include its Homeless programme, Cuan Mhuire has approximately 600 people in its care at any one time admitting approximately 3000 persons annually. Cuan Mhuire is a Registered Charity (CHY6648) open 24/7, 365 days a year with full ISO 9001:2008 Certification, providing approximately 50% of the residential care for addicts in this country. In 2010 Cuan Mhuire received the prestigious CHKS International Quality Improvement award. It was the 1st time the award was given to a rehabilitation centre. The award recognizes improvement in residential care and resident experience. Almost every family in Ireland has been affected by alcohol/drug addiction. If you would like further information or would like to make a donation please go to www.cuanmhuire.ie Cuan Mhuire "I shall pass through this world once, Any good thing therefore that i can do, or any kindness that i can show to any fellow creature,let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, For I shall not pass this way again" CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 corporate social responsibility GOING FORWARD Sustainability and ultimately growth are the big issues for business in 2011, which is why corporate social responsibility should be at the top of your company's agenda. Words: Trisha Doyle 2010 has not been an easy year for Irish business. Depending on who you ask and what media you are privy to, trading conditions have been marginally better than in 2009 and things seem to be holding reasonably steady. In market conditions like these, it's understandable for businesses to have sustainability and the more lofty ambition of growth at the forefront of their agenda. Having a conversation about the importance of a proactive corporate social responsibility policy may not have as big an audience as it had a few years ago, but it is a dialogue some would deem to be fundamental to sustaining these companies and ultimately, encouraging growth. to reputation managing and sustainability, with CSR being the base for these policies: "In the past 10 years we have seen a real sea change in the attitudes of Irish companies towards corporate responsibility. Nowadays, it is about long-term sustainability and in essence, responsible business practice. Many companies are using corporate responsibility as the corner stone of longterm strategic and sustainable planning for the future." Sercovich believes that a CSR agenda has helped companies through adverse conditions, in ways such as helping maintain employee satisfaction despite downsizing or working with tight or restricted budgets. He points out that "these are new challenges for many companies but the ethics of corporate responsibility can have a major impact on how successfully a company deals with these issues and transforms the business to be more sustainable moving forward." � � � POLICY CHANGES For businesses making a first-time commitment, a CSR policy may seem a waste of time and of much-needed resources. But having a CSR policy tends to be consistent with businesses that can attest cohesive public policies, have excellent public relation skills and a keen understanding of their audience. And crucially, it is these companies that have weathered the current financial storm better than others. As Tomas Sercovich, Membership Services Manager from Business in the Community Ireland points out, for businesses the goalposts have now shifted from rapid growth and investment, � BENFITTING BUSINESS A CSR policy can benefit a particular business in a number of ways, but the main points that run through most policies are: through most policies are: � Company culture � having a clear understanding of what a company is ethically about, what tenets are important to it can allow a business to gain a clear but unique identity. Staff code � educating staff to understand what is expected of them will allow them to fulfil the business's expectations, encourage growth and potentially long-term retention and relationship building. Customer code � having a written code of how customers should expect to be treated will manage your customers expectations, and in the same way as with your staff, build a relationship and again, encourage loyalty to your brand. Impact on local community � despite the size of a business, at some level there is an impact on the local community. Late night deliveries, renovation work or customer parking can all inevitably become an issue or a hindrance, but taking an active interest in your local community can allow the local community to view your enterprise more favourably. Impact on the world � this covers two aspects: your public perception and also the environment. Your impact on the world directly relates to the public's perception of your business, so managing this is fundamental to your growth. Your impact on the environment is also linked to this, as green business practices are becoming increasingly important to the public. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 9 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 corporate social responsibility . . . your employees may get to experience or work with organisations or groups they haven't had the opportunity to engage with before, something which can genuinely make a difference to a charity but also upskill your employees' managerial attributes, in terms of crisis management, team playing abilites and project management. For a smart business, a CSR policy, in terms of working with a charity, does not simply mean making a charitable bequest at the end of the year, but instead incorporating a fundraising drive into their business structure, offering their staff as volunteers or any number of innovative, cost-effective ways to help in their communities or in their target markets; thereby making their customers and clients aware of their actions, but also potentially increasing awareness of their product or service. get to donate funds to a breast cancer charity, but also to give themselves the gift of health and fitness." BUILDING FOUNDATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY Nationwide ladies health club, Curves, are just one instance of this in action. The Curves clubs are operated within local communities across the country, and being seen as a fundamental part of the community is pivotal to their success. As Gill Brady, Curves' European Marketing Manager highlights, "it not only helps to integrate a Curves franchise club into its local neighbourhood, but also ensures that the club helps not just its members to better their lives, but also people who are in need." Curves have an effective CSR policy for a number of reasons: it's not just the local community that benefits from their fundraising but the clubs also have a keen awareness of who their target market is - women, which is why the clubs are so heavily involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For two weeks of October, the clubs waive their joining fee to any member who donates to a breast cancer charity � securing new members but also benefitting a charity which directly affects its target market. Brady notes that "this initiative has been really successful and is supported by our breast cancer charity partner. So often people can intend to make a donation, but not get around to it until they're given a good reason to do so. By taking advantage of this offer not only do women Another company that has secured a fairly profilic position on the charitable giving scale is the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. The Foundation was set up in 2003 and focusses fundamentally on five areas: reducing the impact on the environement, influencing others to reduce their carbon emissions, offering products and services that contribute toward a sustainable society, conducting business with customers in a responsible and transparent way, and investing in community projects through the Foundation. For Laura Turkington, Vodafone Foundation Ireland Manager, CSR is a natural part of the business process: "The importance of CSR cannot be undermined as the benefits are widespread. Implementing a CSR strategy should not be for competitive advantage, but rather it provides an opportunity for Irish businesses to share best practice and make the most difference. As a leading brand, we believe Vodafone has a responsibility to give back to the community in which we operate, to limit our impact on the environment and to help facilitate positive change for society. We want our employees to feel proud of the organisation in which they work." CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 11 Make-A-Wish� grants the wishes of children living with a life-threatening medical condition to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy Your company can help make a difference to a child's life in many ways such as: � Charity of the Year �Staff-volunteering � Payroll Giving � Product In-Kind Donations � Sponsoring an event Make-A-Wish Foundation� Ltd 2 Leopardstown Business Centre Ballyogan Avenue Leopardstown, Dublin 18 Tel: +353 1 205 2012 Fax: +353 1 205 2023 Web: www.makeawish.ie Email : email@example.com "you have opened a door to a world of possibilities sealed shut for so long, that we had given up trying to pick the lock. We have started to plan again, you have no idea what that means to a family who for six years, have been locked away in their own high tech world of hospital visits and sleepless nights. Our wish was for a normal life you gave us the world" Anne mother of Rory Age 6 The treatment approach is based on peer support, with participants expected to contribute to the general running of the community and to their own recovery. This is by actively participating in educational activities, group and individual therapy. Therapeutic communities (TC's) are designed to foster change and positive growth in their clients with an emphasis on taking personal responsibility within a safe and structured environment. Coolmine provides drop in, stabilization, drug free day programme, female residential including a mother and children service, male residential , education, training and community employment, family support and client /graduate support programmes. The focus is on offering a holistic approach to dealing with Coolmine Therapeutic addiction which means that in addition to dealing with Community, Ashleigh House, the person in recovery, support is also provided for their friends and family thereby creating a strong social network Damastown,Dublin 15. Tel: 353 1 640 4087 to help them succeed. Coolmine is the oldest therapeutic www.coolminetc.ie community in Ireland with over 35 years providing services for drug and alcohol addiction throughout Ireland. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 corporate social responsibility EMPLOYEE BENEFITS For many organisations, who in the current climate aren't in a position to offer salary increases or benefits, and working conditions are more adversarial for their employees, a CSR policy can be integral to creating a culture, and the benefits to employees can be numerous. In the first instance, there's a personal issue: if the employees feel vested in giving to a charity which they have chosen or voted for � or been personally affected by � it can add a respect and trust for their company which, simply, money cannot buy. Talent retention can become a much easier process if there is a respectful and progressive working environment. In terms of other benefits, there is the aspect of new skills which your employees can learn. Not every benefit you can offer a charity is monetary, and it may simply be offering a certain number of employee hours through company volunteer programmes or access to your services for an agreed amount of time. In this instance, your employees may get to experience or work with organisations or groups they haven't had the opportunity to engage with before, something which can genuinely make a difference to a charity but also upskill your employees' managerial attributes, in terms of crisis management, team playing abilites and project management. THE FUTURE FOR CSR In current conditions, for charities, the market is a competitive one. Increasinly businesses are responding to charities who are clear about what their input would be, what areas need assistance in and what projects they can be involved in. Fundraising Ireland Chair, Mary O'Kennedy, feels businesses are now taking into account the benefits that a CSR policy can bring, particularly when so many institutions are repairing damaged reputations: "Companies are now looking at the bigger picture rather than just charitable giving so a partnership whether it be financial or otherwise, that is sustainable, encourages staff engagement and gives the company positive exposure in the community will be most attractive � even better if the partnership promotes a positive effect on the environment which is becoming ever more important to companies in terms of their CSR policies." Despite the fact it's not a typical business partnership, the same rules should still apply. Both parties should benefit, through sustainability and ideally, ultimately, through growth. He points out that "these are new challenges for many companies but the ethics of corporate responsibility can have a major impact on how successfully a company deals with these issues and transforms the business to be more sustainable moving forward." CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 13 TAX MATTERS Understanding the taxation system for charitable donations is vital for charities � and their corporate sponsors � to maximise on any donations received. Words: Teresa McColgan, tax partner in PwC's not-for-profit group T ax relief is available for charitable donations, but there are conditions to be met in order for the donation to qualify for the relief, and in some cases there can be quite a lot of administration associated with securing the relief. The question may be asked � how best to take advantage of the relief, from the perspectives of business donors, including employees, and the charity sector?1 QUALIFYING DONATIONS For tax relief to be secured, the charity must be on the list of eligible charities published by the Revenue Commissioners, so it is in the interest of both donors and charities to ensure that this information is readily accessible. Possession of a CHY number does not guarantee that a charity is an eligible charity for the purposes of tax relief on donations. There are conditions attaching to the donation itself: � � � � The donation should not be repayable; No benefit (direct or indirect) should be received by the donor or a person connected with the donor; It must not be connected with the acquisition of property from the donor (otherwise than by way of gift); It shouldn't otherwise be tax deductible2. than five donations of 100 each to five different charities (assuming the payments don't otherwise qualify for relief). If a donor wishes to support a number of charities, it may make sense to rotate payments in different years to take advantage of the 250 threshold. There is no upper limit on the amount of donations that may be made, other than a limit of 10 per cent of total income for individuals associated3 with charities, but high income earners should note that donations are included in the list of restricted tax reliefs4. DONATIONS BY INDIVIDUALS ASSESSED TO TAX UNDER SELF ASSESSMENT RULES If donations are made by individuals assessed to tax under self assessment rules (mainly self employed (including partnerships) and company directors), the individual claims tax deductions for the relief when filing their personal tax returns. They should ensure that they have receipts/acknowledgements from the charities confirming the amounts and dates of the donations. WHO GETS THE TAX RELIEF? The issue of who gets the tax relief � the donor or the charity � depends on the tax status of the donor. If the donor is not a taxpayer, no tax relief will be available. If the business donor is a company or an individual assessed to tax under the self assessment rules, the donor claims the tax relief. If the donor pays tax under PAYE and is not assessed under the self assessment system, the donation is treated as paid net of tax and the charity claims an appropriate amount of tax back from the Revenue Commissioners. DONATIONS BY TAXPAYERS TAXED ONLY UNDER PAYE The greatest amount of administration is associated with donations from taxpayers taxed only under PAYE. In this case, the donor must provide the relevant charity with a certificate confirming that the conditions listed above have been met, and providing details of the rate of tax paid by the donor and the donor's PPS number. If the charity does not have this certificate, it cannot claim the refund in relation to the donor. In practice this leads to a lot of unclaimed tax relief, as many PAYE donors do not provide the relevant information to allow charities to recover the tax associated with their donations. This can be quite frustrating for charities that are aware that a pool of tax relief is available, but need to consider the costs associated with pursuing the documentation required to claim the relief. CORPORATE DONATIONS The housekeeping associated with a donation is most straightforward for corporate donations. The donation made by the company is treated as a trade expense and is deductible in the corporation tax computation, subject to each qualifying donation amounting to at least 250 (on a cumulative basis for the year) and being made to an eligible charity. The minimum donation that qualifies for tax relief is 250 (cumulative) per charity per year. So, for example, if a donor decides to donate 500 to charity each year, it is more tax effective to make donations of 250 to two charities CSR 14 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 Director Charities Division CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 15 taxation The situation is compounded by the fact that, because of data protection rules, charities are not permitted to retain records of donors' PPS numbers. In the past, charities found it helpful to retain this information on file and to prepare forms for the donors completed with the relevant information, so that all that was required of the donor was to sign the form and return it to the charity. The most common reason for donors not returning the relevant paperwork is not having their PPS number readily available, so the provision of this partially completed paperwork by the charities was helpful in this regard. The data protection rules also mean that Revenue cannot provide charities with any details of the donors in relation to whom no tax refund is paid. So in some instances, a charity may waste resources each year corresponding with a donor who has advised the charity that he or she is not self assessed, unaware that Revenue are denying a tax refund on the basis that in fact the individual is self assessed. who are employees. There are also some professional agencies who act as intermediaries between employers and charities to provide, for a fee, administration services associated with payroll giving. There is less take up of such professional services in Ireland than in the UK, where the system of payroll giving allows the employer to remit the tax relief directly to the charity. It would be very beneficial to Irish charities if a similar system of paying tax relief directly from employer to charity could be introduced here. HOW CAN BUSINESSES AND THEIR OWNERS BEST HELP CHARITIES AND THEMSELVES WHEN MAKING PAYMENTS TO CHARITIES? Check if the payment is deductible as a business expense � just because it is payable to a charity does not mean that it is a philanthropic payment. � Ensure that the charity is an eligible charity. � Ensure that the relevant conditions are met. � Be conscious of the 250 (cumulative) threshold, particularly when making donations to several charities. � Consider whether significant donors could be regarded as associated with the charity, in which case their tax relief may be restricted. � Consider implementing payroll giving arrangements. � Clarify the tax status of the donor, and let the charity know. Charities cannot claim back tax for donations from donors who have PAYE income, if the donors are assessed to tax under the self assessment system. Furthermore, such donors may be omitting relief claims from their personal tax returns. � Provide the charity with the appropriate paperwork in good time, to facilitate an early claim for the tax rebate. � Consider whether donations can be structured to avail of VAT refund opportunities (medical equipment, research equipment etc). ON THE PAYROLL One system that seems to help a lot is payroll giving, where employers facilitate the deduction at source of employee donations. Where employers organise the paperwork � liaising with employees to have certificates completed -- and then pass it all over to the charity, the response rate tends to be much higher than that for donations received directly by a charity from individuals The donation made by the company is treated as a trade expense and is deductible in the corporation tax computation, subject to each qualifying donation amounting to at least 250 and being made to an eligible charity. This article is written by reference to the tax law in place in October 2010, and does not make reference to reforms suggested by the Commission on Taxation in its 2009 report. 2. For example, relief may be available as an advertising or promotion expense, in which case the payment should not be described as a charitable donation 3. In broad terms, an employee or member of the charity 4. Legislation was introduced in 2006 to implement a minimum effective tax rate for high income earners (income >125K for 2010 et seq, > 250K for 2007 � 2009). It operates by restricting the amount of tax reliefs that may be claimed. 1. CSR 16 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 YOUR LOG HERE O Your ONE STOP SHOP for all your Uniforms, Promotional Clothing & Corporate Gifts . Promowear Ireland's No. 1 supplier of promotional clothing, uniforms, leisure wear, promotional items and giveaways. Flexible and efficient, we offer a total package from concept to finished product, to the corporate and public sectors business and sporting organisations. Promowear's promotional clothing and corporate gift products can help build a Company's image and branding by getting their name and logo seen by hundreds of people each day. Our range of products include: � Casual Promotional Clothing that puts your brand on show all day long � A range of Workwear and Corporate Uniforms that creates that vital first impression � Corporate Gifts & Promotional Items and giveaways that can be personalised with your logo and message � Our Bespoke Corporate & Sports Clothing services that create your unique corporate or team kit At Promowear we know that quality, value and style are all-important when choosing a corporate wardrobe and are confident that we can provide just that.The collections within these catalogue's are a fusion of traditional tailoring values and innovative product design delivering functional, comfortable clothing with a fashion focus. As a leading supplier of fashionable corporate clothing throughout Ireland, we are devoted to offering our customers outstanding garment quality, excellent value and service, with our experience being your guarantee of elegant fit and performance. YOUR LOG HERE O YOUR LOGO HERE YOUR LOGO HERE Cork Simon Community works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork Katie Browne, Cork Simon's Corporate Fundraiser, would be delighted to discuss how your company could work with Cork Simon. You can contact Katie on 021 4929407 or e-mail Katie@corksimoncommunity.ie YOUR LOGO HERE YOUR LOGO HERE Heart Children Ireland, is a support group for parents and families of children with a Congenital Heart Defect. CHD is the most common of all birth defects affecting one in ever one hundred children born. "At Heart Children Ireland, we truly understand the ups and downs of childhood heart disease. We are here to help from the time you find out your baby is a heart child, supporting you, your child and your family along your heart journey from childhood to adulthood" You can help us to continue to support all our heart children. � � � � Make us your Charity of the Year Sponsor one of our many projects Volunteer for our Annual Fundraising Event Organise fun events YOUR LOGO HERE YOUR LOGO HERE YOUR LOGO HERE Heart Children Ireland, The Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. Tel: 1850 217017 www.heartchildren.ie firstname.lastname@example.org Promowear, Unit 45, North Park Business park, Finglas, Dublin 11. Tel:+353 (0)1 8647350 Email: email@example.com Web: www.promowear.ie YO UR HE LOGO RE YOUR LOGO HERE GO LO UR RE YO HE YO U R H L ER O E GO YOUR LOGO HERE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 17 Caring for Carers Ireland promotes the health, well-being and quality of life of Family Carers and those for whom they care, by working in the areas of recognition, provision of information , respite, training, research and advocacy to further social inclusion . www.caringforcarers.org Call 065 68 66515 Mid West Simon .....The Homelessness Charity Believe in People Mid West Simon reach out to people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or experiencing housing difficulties in the Mid West. Our services, which cover the Mid West counties of Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, Include: � Supported housing for those people who have ongoing support needs. � Permanent housing and supported tenancies with Tenancy Sustainment and Housing Support Workers to help people remain in their homes. � Planned services across the region catering to the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We are dependent on community support to deliver these much needed services. To this end we would like to welcome the opportunity to be included in your company's social responsibility strategy. For more information on how your company can support Mid West Simon Community, Please contact our fundraising team on 061 608980 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Supporting Clare, Limerick & North Tipperary WWW.MIDWESTSIMON.IE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 SIMON COMMUNITY IRELAND BACKGROUND Originally founded in London in 1963 by probation officer Anton Wallich-Clifford, the Simon Community's original objective was to overcome homelessness by more than just the provision of a hostel bed. Spreading through England and Scotland, the first Simon Community in Ireland was set up by students from Trinity College and University College Dublin in 1969, after a talk by Wallich-Clifford on the Irish homeless in Britain. The first project by the Irish Simon Community was a soup run three nights a week, meeting people sleeping out in the streets of Dublin, with the first community house opening on Sarsfield Quay in Dublin in 1970. Operating now in eight communities across Ireland, Simon delivers a range of essential servies to people who are homeless in Ireland in a variety of ways. HOMELESSNESS TODAY While people from all walks of life have become homeless, generally the experiences that lead to homelessness are underpinned by poverty. Homelessness is usually caused by the experience of some form of personal crisis � such as a relationship breakdown or bereavement, or physical or sexual violence in the home combined with the experience of poverty. Wider systematic failures also play their part in reinforcing the cycle of homelessness. People are still released into homelessness from institutional care. When a person is homeless, there are insufficient specialist addiction treatment or mental health services that are needed to overcome the issues that affect that particular person. Official government figures are based on the last Housing Needs Assessment, undertaken in 2005. This shows that 2,399 households were categorised as homeless in 2005, with 1,725 households living in unfit accommodation, 4,112 in overcrowded accommodation and 3,375 involuntarily sharing. Simon worked with 3,346 people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in 2006, so the real figure may be more significant than that officially recorded. VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME There are opportunities for full and part-time volunteers within the Simon Community. For more information, talk to the Volunteer Coordinator about Full Time volunteering on (01) 671 1606 or email email@example.com with any questions. Part-time volunteers are recruited directly by the local Simon communities. Part time volunteers work in various roles, for example as soup runners, fundraisers, shop workers, committee members, visitors and friends to people who use our services. Part-time volunteers are particularly needed to assist the people who use Simon services to develop and enhance life skills, such as budgeting, shopping, basic cooking, basic computer skills and literacy. Part-time volunteers work from 3-7 hours, one day a week and give a commitment of one year. CORPORATE GIVING Simon has a vision of society where no one is homeless. All people who are homeless, or at risk of facing homelessness, are given every opportunity to realise "Operating now in eight communities across Ireland, Simon delivers a range of essential servies to people who are homeless in Ireland in a variety of ways." CONTACT: St. Andrews House, 28/30 Exchequer St. Dublin 2 T: 01 671 1606 F: 01 671 1098 www.simon.ie CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 CSR 19 TRUST IN ME A trustee is worth his or her weight in gold to a charity. But finding a suitable match can be tricky due to the high level of commitment, integrity and work involved in governing a trust. Words: Laura Bury The role of a trustee is challenging and carries a heavy burden of responsibility � they bear ultimate responsibility for the legal and financial side of the trust, so it is imperative you have confidence in whoever you choose. First and foremost, a trustee must carry out the terms of the trust, as outlined in the governing document, which usually encompasses: � Ensuring the trust is well-run. � Responsibility for the current performance of the trust. � Prudently investing assets. � Ensuring successful future direction and activities. � Responsible for the financial security and transparency of the charity. A trustee must be completely unbiased, with no conflict of interest whatsoever and he or she must also act with integrity and in the best interest of the trust at all times. There are many thought-intensive duties that a trustee must carry out if outlined in the governing document to ensure the successful running of the trust; this can include accounting, managing and distributing trust assets, tracking investments, keeping financial records for transparency and reviewing investment performance. And this may not be all. If a charity or trust has few staff, the trustee might be involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation. The role is extremely challenging, demanding and, other than in exceptional circumstances, unpaid, so it is imperative that you find a person who has a strong personal commitment to the work of the trust. Apart from commitment there are a number of other traits and skills of benefit to a trustee: WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TRUSTEE A trust is only as effective as the trustee who oversees it, so you must be confident that the person you choose will competently, and for the benefit of the trust, carry out all duties as outlined in your governing document/trust agreement. � � � � � � � � � Leadership skills Time and availability Loyalty Honesty Objectivity Someone who can be held legally liable Mental stability Strength of character Finance and investment knowledge. "A trustee must be completely unbiased, with no conflict of interest whatsoever and he or she must also act with integrity and in the best interest of the trust at all times." CSR 20 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTORY 2011 trust in me continued "Trustees have a laborious task, which requires a great commitment and passion to a trust, so make sure you research your potential trustees well and are confident that they can rise to the challenge with the integrity needed. " IN CELEBRITY WE TRUST You may feel that a celebrity may make a good trustee, as they could provide a great platform for a trust � and although many have celebrity support, few are trustees. They may be the face of a campaign, but because of the commitment � both time and legal � celebrity trustees are not as plentiful as it may seem, although there are a few, such as Ronan Keating, director of the Marie Keating Foundation. Trustees have a laborious task, which requires a great commitment and passion to a trust, so make sure you research your potential trustees well and are confident that they can rise to the challenge with the integrity needed. 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