Thursday 14 December 2017

Wexford companies gave back to the local community last year

Esther Hayden

A number of Wexford companies made a massive contribution to community groups and organisations in Wexford last year.

Sixteen across the county contributed €375,116 to support community groups and organisations addressing key social issues and causes.

In total 141 community partnerships were established with employees volunteering 2,534 hours to local groups and projects.

The companies who made an impact in Wexford: BAM Contractors Ltd, Bank of Ireland, Boots Retail (Irl) Ltd., Bord na Mona, BT Ireland, Dawn Meats Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ESB, Gas Networks Ireland, IBM Ireland Ltd., Musgrave, RTÉ, SSE Ireland, Symantec, Tesco Ireland, Zurich Insurance plc.

The Business Impact Map which can be viewed online at captures statistics from 56 of Ireland's largest companies that are members of Business in the Community Ireland, Ireland's leading organisation on corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Statistics for Wexford show that over €193,273 was given in cash donations; €127,249 was contributed through in-kind donations and €54,594 was raised through employee fundraising. Employees also volunteered over 2534 hours to local groups and projects during the year.

Nationally, the figures for 2016 represent an increase on 2015 with employee volunteering rising 5 per cent and a 15 per cent increase in combined cash donations, in-kind and employee fundraising provided by companies to local groups.

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