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Cornmarket wins Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Cornmarket has been awarded with one of Ireland’s most prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards.

The Chambers Ireland CSR awards were established in 2004 to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate.

These national awards took place in the Burlington Hotel on Thursday 12th September 2013 where Cornmarket were awarded with the title “Excellence in Community for Partnership with Charity” for their partnership with the Global Schoolroom charity. Cornmarket & Irish Life were also shortlisted for “Excellence in Marketplace” for their Pink Power Breast Cancer awareness initative for members if the INMO Income Protection Scheme.

Cornmarket has worked very closely with the Global Schoolroom charity over the past 7 years; encouraging Irish teachers to share their educational experience with their counterparts in Northeast India. Since 2006, 130 Irish teachers have travelled to India to deliver the Global Schoolroom project which has facilitated training for 1,129 Indian teachers. The results have been astounding with a 300% increase in children attending school in the region and over 250,000 Indian children and 292 schools benefiting from a better quality education.

Roddy Murphy, Managing Director of Cornmarket, said “Corporate Responsibility is about the contribution a business makes to its social and environmental concerns as well as its economic ones. At Cornmarket, these wider responsibilities have always been important to us, but never more so than in today’s environment. We are delighted to be recognised as a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility for our partnership with Global Schoolroom. As a socially responsible company, we are proud to continue to support worthy causes on a local, national and global basis.”

Along with Cornmarket being the main sponsors of the UCD accredited programme, Cornmarket staff members also fundraise to travel to India each year to help deliver the programme on a pro-bono basis. They provide vital administrative support to ensure the programme runs smoothly.

Dr. Garret Campbell, CEO of Global Schoolroom commented “this award validates the huge commitment Cornmarket has made over the past seven years to improving the standards of education in one of the most isolated and neglected parts of the world”.

The Chambers Ireland Awards were hosted in partnership with Business in the Community Ireland and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. Cornmarket was amongst other high profile companies shortlisted in this category including Eircom, Eversheds, Sun Life Ireland and Veolia Transdev Ireland.

For more information on the awards please click here

Photograph 1 - CSR award partnership with charity,  l-r: Minister Phil Hogan, Mary Jane Halpin, HR Manager, Cornmarket, Roddy Murphy, Managing Director, Cornmarket, Breda O’ Driscoll, Marketing Communications, Cornmarket and Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland.

Photograph 2 - Pink power shortlisted, l-r: Sinead Ryan, Marketing, Cornmarket, Ivan Ahern, Director, Cornmarket, Clare Mahon, President, INMO, Roisin Kelly, Executive Manager - Risk Operations, Irish Life Corporate.