CORE – The Standard for Responsible Business

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Business in the Community

In recent years there have been increasing calls for a recognised system for measuring, assessing and reporting on corporate responsibility activity that works for the size and type of companies that make up the Northern Ireland economy.


As a result, Business in the Community Northern Ireland has developed ‘CORE – The Standard for Responsible Business’ in consultation with its member companies. CORE provides a framework for identifying corporate responsibility activity and measuring performance across an organisation.


Twelve companies are piloting CORE at the moment.  Those who complete and achieve the Standard will be recognised as leaders in corporate responsibility.  Niamh Rooney, Environment, Health & Safety Manager at B/E Aerospace, one of twelve companies piloting CORE, explains why B/E Aerospace decided to participate.

Why did B/E decide to go for CORE?

As a global leader in our industry, we strive to embed corporate responsibility into our mainstream practices and CORE helps us to demonstrate this integration. CORE has also helped us to recognise the areas where our performance is strong and also highlight where we can develop.

The process

CORE involved completing a comprehensive questionnaire on our activity across the whole business and while it took some time to gather the information from different departments it was a valuable process and has allowed us to share what we are doing with internal and external stakeholders.

The benefits

Participating in CORE allows us to demonstrate to our other sites, our staff and the community in Kilkeel that we are committed to sustainability. In terms of recruitment, CORE should also help us to attract people into our business.

For more information or to register your interest, visit our website here.