Digital Impact and Sustainability

We connect for good.

At BT, our ambition is to be the world’s most trusted connector of people, devices and machines.  by leading the way to a bright and sustainable future. Underpinning this ambition is our Digital Skills & Sustainability strategy which is our promise to lead the way in creating a bright and sustainable future for everyone we connect with.

We are delivering on this strategy by focusing on three main areas:

  • Improving lives through educational opportunities
  • Championing human and digital rights
  • Tackling climate change and environmental challenges
  • Supporting good causes through investment, fundraising and volunteering

We’re committed to doing business ethically and responsibly – in a way that respects our customers, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders.

We live in a digital society, so to build the skilled workforce of tomorrow, we believe that it’s vital for our young people to understand the importance of critical subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). At BT, our goal is to get every young person excited about these subjects by taking them out of the classroom and offering them a platform to create and explore their own ideas.

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

We are the proud organiser and sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Exhibition, Europe’s longest running and most esteemed science fair. For 22 years, we have grown this Exhibition into a national festival of science and technology, giving students the platform to explore the world of STEM in a practical and engaging way. Some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and academics credit the BTYSTE as the starting point of their exciting career journey in a STEM related profession.

In 2021, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we made the decision to turn the exhibition virtual for the first time in its 57-year history. Following the phenomenal success of this first online exhibition, we exceed all expectations in January 2022, which was viewed by over 7.5million visitors around the world. This year’s BT Young Scientists & Technologists of the Year are Aditya Joshi and Aditya Kumar of Synge Street School in Dublin.  To find out more about the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and the many ways to get involved click here.

Teen Turn

We’re a proud supporter of Teen Turn, a programme designed to encourage teenage girls from disadvantaged schools to continue studying the subjects of science and technology to Leaving Cert level. BT offers a two week work experience placement to students to help them learn about the many different careers that subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) offers and to encourage them to see the limitless possibilities available to them in the future, this face-to-face activity has been postponed due to COVID-19. We also offer free entry for the Teen Turn students to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition each year. 

A responsible business

For us, being responsible means doing all the things you’d expect from an ethical business.

Our customers know they can trust us to protect their privacy and data. And our people know that at every step along the supply chain, and in everything we do, they can trust us to look after them, and the environment.

We never forget to listen to each other and to experts outside our business, either and that’s why we work with Business in the Community to assess and measure the sustainability of our business practices. In 2018, we proudly achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark, IS0 26000, recognising BT Ireland as one of Ireland’s most responsible businesses.

DCU Access Programme 

We support the Dublin City University access programme, established in 1989 to create equality of access to university by students currently underrepresented in higher education. Since 2020, BT has supported the DCU Access Scholarship Programme and the DCU Access to the Workplace programme. Funding by BT has to date supported scholarships for at least 10 students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and we also provided work experience for one of the students to give them insight into the world of business following their studies. 

Give as you earn

When companies and its people join together, amazing things happen and BT’s payroll giving scheme ‘Give As You Earn’ is just one of the many examples of this. For every euro donated by a BT employee through their annual salary, BT will match that amount. Since 2015, BT has donated over €500,000 to community and charitable organisations through Give As You Earn, including Focus Ireland, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Blossom Ireland, DeterMND, Temple Street, the RNLI, Irish Cancer Society and much, much more.

At BT we know that it's crucial to reflect the diversity of our customers from around the world. And we know that having people from all walks of life makes us a more creative and innovative company.

That variety of experience, culture and background allows our teams to truly use the power of communication to make a better world, giving everyone products and services that actually make a difference in their lives.

We make sure we do whatever we can to support our people too: making them feel valued and included and unlocking their potential is essential. We're incredibly proud that we've featured again in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women, for the third year running.

You can hear more about BT Ireland’s commitment to gender equality and inclusion here, in this interview with Shay Walsh.

Employment for People in Migrant Communities (EPIC)

We work with Business in the Community to help with the delivery of their EPIC (Employment for People in Migrant Communities) programme,  which supports under-represented individuals from other countries to find employment in Ireland. Since we began supporting the programme in 2008, BT has provided IT training for over 2,000 EPIC participants. To find out more about EPIC click here.

By some estimates, gender equality in the workplace won't be achieved until 2095. That's not good enough.  We want to change the perception of our network and show you it is not just for women, and men are welcome. This network is about equal opportunities for all people in BT, regardless of their gender.

To learn more about how BT is achieving its goals to be a more responsible business click here.

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