Business is giving back: Funds and time set aside for Irish charities
SOME 60 companies in Ireland contributed more than €30m and 264,700 hours to charities last year.
This is according to research from Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a business network that advises Irish companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
Over €13m was given in cash donations, while €11.7m was contributed through in-kind donations.
Just over €5.5m was raised through employee fundraising.
"Employees want to work for companies that encourage volunteering as part of everyday business and, crucially, want to work where their values align with their employer," said Tomás Sercovich, BITCI chief executive.
The areas of health, social inclusion, education, and children were those most supported by the charity work and fundraising.
Pictured above are Tony Cummins, an ESB volunteer on Business in the Community Ireland's 'Time to Read' literacy volunteering programme, partnered with Amber and Rhianna Skerritt from St. Mary's school in Fairview, Co Dublin.