We’re Shortlisted for a CSR Award!
DHR Executive Director Martina Quinn (second from the right), pictured with her fellow board members from D8CEC and then Education Minister Ruairi Quinn TD at the recent opening of the new D8CEC premises on Synge Street, Dublin 8
DHR is delighted to be shortlisted for an award in the Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards 2014. This marks the second year in a row that we’ve been shortlisted for one of these prestigious awards.
DHR is shortlisted under the ‘Excellence in Community – Community Programme’ category of the awards, for our work in The Liberties, the community in Dublin 8 in which we’ve been based since our establishment 10 years ago.
Our location is a key part of our corporate identity, and we’re strongly committed to this area. In recognition of this, we’ve built up a CSR project – ‘DHR Working with and for The Liberties’ – aimed at using our employees’ skills to enhance the local community. It’s centred on the following outputs:
- Providing pro bono PR support to a number of local community groups. Beneficiaries have included local schools, D8CEC (Dublin 8 Community Education Centre), Thomas Street Business Association and the South-West Inner City Local Employment Centre (SWIC-LEC).
- Facilitating employees to participate on the boards of local groups, and to provide strategic counsel to community organisations. Our MD is the Chair of the Liberties Business Forum, and our Executive Director is the Vice-Chair of D8CEC. In the past, senior managers also served on the Board of SWIC-LEC.
- Working to promote a positive perception of The Liberties and, by so doing, to increase investment and visitor numbers in the local area.
The Liberties has suffered from social and economic disadvantage, but has a rich heritage and a strong community spirit. Our CSR initiative takes into account these various factors. It draws on DHR’s expertise in media relations, political communications and stakeholder engagement – and the knowledge of Dublin 8 we have developed over 10 years – to promote a better image of The Liberties and to work with local people to ensure this community achieves its full potential.
Last year, DHR was shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in CSR by an SME’ category of the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards, for our company-wide CSR programme.
The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards ceremony is on 18th September, and we face some stiff competition in our category this year, including from Bord Gáis Networks, Lidl Ireland, Dublin Airport Authority and EirGrid. Fingers crossed for a good result on the night; we look forward to a nice evening out at any rate!