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 Plants 9,000 trees around Ireland at part of our 150 years celebrations
BAM Ireland marked its international 150-year anniversary this weekend. Staff and their families were joined by ‘Trees on the Land’ as they volunteered to help plant, 9,000 trees at four locations across the island of Ireland.
By the end of 2019 Royal BAM Group will have planted 150,000 trees in locations around the world to highlight its sustainability agenda and commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, including 50,000 across Europe in countries where BAM has operations.
The tree planting, that included a mix of native Irish species, took place in Ballineen, County Cork, Newcastle in County Wicklow, Brookeborough in County Fermanagh and Ballymoney, County Antrim. CEO of BAM Ireland, Theo Cullinane, described the project as part of BAM’s “dedication to preserve the planet for future generations”.
Around 100 BAM volunteers were involved in the all-island project helping to plant 2,500 trees in Wicklow, 3,000 in Antrim and 3,000 in Fermanagh. Mr Cullinane attended the Cork event where 500 trees were planted. All events were carried out with Irish charity the Green Economy Foundation and their ‘Trees on the Land’ project - a cross-border initiative to establish young native trees in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. BAM is also working with Netherlands-based charity ‘Trees for All’ on the planting of 100,000 trees in afforestation projects in South America and Africa.
BAM Sponsorship of CSR Awards
This is the eight year that BAM have been headline sponsor of Chambers Ireland CSR Awards. These 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 all employees; that engage with and help to improve the communities in which business operate and that are environmentally responsible.
BAM celebrates International Womens Day 2019
On March 8th BAM celebrated #IWD19 around the globe. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter.
BAM colleagues attended the CIF #BuildingEqualityinConstruction Breakfast Briefing to celebrate #IWD19. the event is part of #BuildingEquality the Construction Industry Federation’s ongoing campaign to increase female participation and encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.
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.