Business in the Community Ireland yesterday launched its latest Business Impact Map, showing the major contribution that its member companies had on the community in 2017. The map revealed that BT employees across the island of Ireland have contributed over 10,000 hours in volunteering (2,000 more than 2016) and raised €676,159 (versus €220,000 in 2016) for 497 local charities and organisations over the last year.
BT completed the top five list of companies for employee fundraising, with Bank of Ireland leading and grocery chains Tesco, Lidl and Musgrave all featuring in the top five. As well as that, the companies that recorded the highest number of volunteering hours in Ireland were BT, Intel, IBM, KPMG and Bank of Ireland.
The figures on the map were calculated from all our partnerships in 2017 including BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, BT Shop for Change, Give As You Earn (GAYE), Christmas appeals and initiatives like IT training we provide for employment programmes.
The money raised and hours put in to help others is a testament to the incredibly generous and caring staff we have in BT. Our volunteering and fundraising is growing from strength to strength. Since January 2017, we have donated nearly €80,000 to a number charities through our GAYE scheme, nearly double the amount donated by the company last year. Another significant highlight was BT Shop for Change, which raised an astounding €220,688 for Irish Cancer Society and Marie Curie.
To view the full BITC Business Impact Map and see all the BT data click here.