For BAM, we want local communities in the regions where we operate to benefit. We work closely with Enterprise Ireland, local Chambers of Commerce and Business in the Community (BITC) on ways to maximise business for local enterprises, particularly to local suppliers and subcontractors.Community has always been an important element of life throughout Ireland. Corporate Ireland’s role in CSR is not confined to one area. By involving stakeholders, supporting charitable organisations, driving societal change, implementing environmental initiatives and assisting local groups, Irish companies make a difference in multiple spheres of life.
The BAM CSR ‘Enhancing Lives’ initiative is about making a real and positive difference to the lives of people we come into contact with through our work. This is about adding real value (through activities that would not happen without our support/ intervention) and also supporting people through grass roots organisations as well as those with a wide reach. Activities largely focus around employment, training, education, community and charity engagement. Outcomes support one or more of social, economic and environmental sustainability – which involves direct support from BAM, but we also work with our supply chains to widen the opportunities to enhance lives. Through our work in enhancing lives we play our part in addressing social issues on a local and global basis.
BAM Sponsorship of CSR Awards
The CSR Awards offer the business community a chance to promote and highlight the best practice CSR activities taking place in companies of all sizes across Ireland. The Awards showcase projects that help to improve the workplace for the benefit of employees, that engage with and help to improve the communities in which business operate and that are environmentally responsible. 2017 Award categories include: Excellence in Environment, Community (divided into Charity, Volunteering and Community Programme), Workplace, Marketplace, Supporting Youth Employment, CSR Communication, Best SME and the overall Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award.
BAM & Engineers Week
BAM exhibited at the interactive careers day hosted by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board in the F2 Community Centre in Dublin 8. BAM demonstrated some of the innovations that we use in construction today. Hitech equipment showcased included 3D scanners, drones, robotics and SMART glasses.
Enhancing Lives Programme
Our “Enhancing lives” programme aims to add real value to communities through partnership and has been developed to deliver real change in the local community. It is about adding value through activities that would not happen without BAM’s support. It is also about empowering people through grass roots organisations, as well as those with a wide reach. The programme largely focuses around employment, training, education, community and charity engagement.
As part of this programme, BAM Ireland have taken part in a knowledge sharing and research collaboration with GMIT over the past three years. The two partners have recently collaborated for the STEM ‘Seeing is believing’ event, which was held on the BAM Acute Adults Mental Health Unit (AAMHU) site in Galway with attendees comprising secondary school construction studies teachers from the Galway and Clare areas.
Climate Disclosure Project
BAM has also had significant recognition for its work in the global community recently. This year the company was once again named on the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) A list, placing them in the top 9 per cent of companies in the world in combating climate change.
BAM’ s dedication to sustainability was acknowledged at this year’s Green Awards where it won the Green Construction Category. It was also awarded the overall “Engineering Project of the Year” for the Corrib onshore gas pipeline from Engineers Ireland.
Staff Fundraising Events
Throughout the year BAM staff host various events to raise funds for charity such as: Coffee Mornings in support of St Brigid’s Hospice & Temple Street; Christmas Jumper Day in Support of Laura Lynn Foundation and Charity Cyles in support of Pieta House Penny Dinners & Rett Syndrom Ireland