Corporate Responsibility (CR) is an important part of how Ervia delivers its business.
Social, environmental, ethical and consumer considerations are integrated into our business strategy. The pillars of marketplace, community, workplace and environment provide the context in which we determine our CR activity plan as follows:
Marketplace - Providing quality services to our customers, listening to their needs and striving to exceed their expectations.
Community- Putting the communities we work for and operate in at the heart of our business.
Workplace - Continuing to promote excellence and diversity through our people.
Environment - Safeguarding and protecting our environment.
To ensure our CR Programmes continue to reflect our values of Collaboration, Performance, Customer Service, Safety and Integrity while addressing social, community and environmental challenges, we will develop a group-wide strategic CR Plan in 2017 taking into account the established and emerging practices relating to responsibility and sustainability at Gas Networks Ireland which holds the Business Working Responsibly Mark and at Irish Water.
We have a CR Steering Group in place, chaired by a member of the Ervia Executive team. The Steering Group is supported by an Ervia CR Advisory Council made up of CR representatives from all parts of the organisation. A summary of our 2015 CR activity is available through our Annual Report 2015.
Ervia in Action is a company-wide programme, launched in late 2015 providing support to Ireland’s community and voluntary sector through a national community grant fund and through a national volunteering partnership. The Programme will run for 3 years (2016 – 2019) and will complement the community based initiatives in place in Gas Networks Ireland and Irish Water. Ervia aims to make a sustainable difference by collaborating with community partners supported by the Ervia in Action Programme.
Ervia in Action Community Fund
Launched in December 2015, the Ervia in Action Community Fund of 2016 received over 300 applications from the community sector seeking support for community based projects that develop and enhance local communities throughout Ireland. The fund was managed and administered by the Community Foundation of Ireland (CFI), on behalf of Ervia, who promoted the fund through Activelink and via CFI Communication channels.
The 2016 Fund awarded grants to the total value of €50,000 to local and regional organisations with projects supporting one or more of the following themes:
Find out more about the 2016 beneficiaries of the Ervia in Action Community Fund and the projects supported. Details on the 2017 Fund and how to apply for same will be available when they are finalised.
In 2016 Ervia sought applications from community and voluntary groups and other non-governmental organisations to be the company’s national volunteer partner. The recruitment and selection process was supported by Business in the Community and aimed at establishing a partnership that would deliver a positive impact programme on behalf of Ervia with volunteering opportunities for the company’s employees nationwide.
The potential partnership will last for up to 3 years (2016 – 2019) based on the success of a pilot programme in year one (2017). Ervia committed to invest €50,000 in the partnership on an annual basis (pilot dependent). Applications were evaluated against a suite of criteria including impact on the following social issues:
Once details on the partnership are finalised, we will make these available.
Community Support & Employee Volunteering
Across a range of programmes including Time to Read and Junior Achievement Ireland, our employees have an opportunity to support key educational and community based programmes promoting and supporting literacy, STEM, school completion, career planning etc.
Our employees also deliver a range of in-house fundraising initiatives across the year for a number of charitable organisations including St Vincent de Paul, The Irish Cancer Society, Merchants Quay, The Lesotho Project, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Focus Ireland, Walking in their Shoes and Team Hope.
As part of our Christmas Giving Programme, employees have an opportunity to nominate their favourite charity or voluntary group to receive a donation from Ervia through our 12 Days of Christmas initiative. Twelve organisations were nominated by employees for a donation of €1,000 each in the lead up to Christmas 2016.
For further information on Ervia’s approach and plans on corporate responsibility, contact Caroline O’Connor at Ervia.