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Pictured: Dan McCartney of the Kane McCartney group, which includes SuperValu stores at Killester, Raheny, Donabate and Talbot Street Dublin, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and John Curran, Head of Sustainability at Musgrave.

Ireland’s Second National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2017-2020, “Towards Responsible Business” was launched today by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D.

The Plan articulates a vision for Ireland to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practices. It also supports the Government’s objective of building a strong economy and delivering a fair society, so that businesses and communities thrive, throughout Ireland.

At the launch event the Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald said: “Today, more than ever, the Irish Government needs to deliver a clear message of encouragement and support to businesses and organisations around Ireland to embed responsible business practices at the core of their business strategies.

“Businesses who communicate openly and transparently about their practices, who tell their story and recognise their impacts on society, foster a culture of trust with their workforce and their customers. CSR is no longer an optional ‘add-on’, but is becoming a necessary part of mainstream operations.”

At Musgrave, we believe that sustainability goes hand-in-hand with the overall health of the community. Recognising that within business, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to shape and influence positive change, we have aligned nine of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals relevant to our business to our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. This action ensures that we minimise any negative impacts of our business and inspire our stakeholders to follow our lead.

Attending the event, and sharing the stage with other sustainability leaders from the Irish Business Community, John Curran, Head of Sustainability at Musgrave added ’The unique nature of our community based retailers, enables Musgrave to influence the development of sustainable business practices across a wide spectrum of activity. This includes, responsible, local sourcing, exemplified by our Food Academy, working for the development of local producers since its inception in 2014. We are very proud of our continuing contribution to the development of CSR practices in the Irish business landscape’

You can find the full National Plan here

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