Sustainability Report 2020

About us

Social

We focus our social sustainability activities around the communities we serve, our workplace and marketplace, and the environment we work hard to protect.

Building strong relationships in the communities where we live and work is fundamental to carrying out our business effectively. We work with local communities to ensure that our construction projects cause minimum disruption. When supporting local projects, we work together with our partners to supervise on site until completion. We also provide a 24-Hour Gas Emergency Service attending over 14,000 callouts a year within an hour of being reported.

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Local Communities

For us, being responsible in the community means investing in people, in their needs, in their interests and in their futures.

Our involvement in the community varies from assisting charitable and voluntary groups to supporting a wide range of educational initiatives. Our core programmes focus on environmental awareness and three key areas of social inclusion; education, employability and accessibility. We also support a number of impactful initiatives across Ireland promoting Science Technology Engineering and Maths, literacy, employment and the development of life skills.

In 2020 we supported 33 community projects and provided over €250,000 of financial support to local communities.

2020 Key Performance Indicators

Cash Donations

In Kind Donations

Social impact hours

Employee Fundraising

Employee Volunteer Hours

1 in 6

Employees volunteer on programmes

Supporting education and social inclusion during the pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit we provided much-needed assistance to vulnerable customers and communities through partnerships with DEIS (disadvantaged) schools and Age Action, Ireland’s leading charity supporting older people.

  • €20,000 donation to Mercy Hospital Cork
  • €20,000 food bank donation to partner schools
  • €13,000 donation to Age Action’s COVID-19 response and hardship fund
  • €10,000 donation to St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal
  • 24 employees volunteered on Age Action Getting Started Keep in Touch Tech tutoring programme
  • Ervia wide fitness fundraiser for Age Action
  • Company social fund split between four charities
  • Donated eight new laptops to local schools
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Jamie Gallagher, Corporate Affairs Manager, Gas Networks Ireland with representatives of Mercy Hospital Cork

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Tony Doherty, Deputy Principal, Beneavin College with Gas Networks Ireland supported food donation

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"These laptops will go into homes where there is more than one boy going to our school and so the impact will be heightened. The use of the laptops will go on and on. Thanks to Gas Networks Ireland, there are four families whose education will be transformed. Such a real and meaningful way of supporting education in your community and we thank you."

Dr Aideen Cassidy, Principal, Beneavin College

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“On behalf of the school community and particularly on behalf of our Leaving Certificate students I wish to thank Gas Networks Ireland most sincerely for the generous donation of four new laptops to our school. We have grappled with the disadvantage of so many students not having sufficient technology to embrace fully the remote/online teaching and learning that has been ongoing since the school closure on March 12th.”

Jim O'Sullivan, Principal, Nagle Community College

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Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

We are committed to responsible and sustainable business practices and are proud holders of the Business Working Responsibly Mark and five ISO certifications helping to ensure that the highest standards are maintained across all levels of our business. Based on the successful execution of all of these processes and ongoing monitoring of our community projects, we do not have operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.