Supporting Partners

We, as supporting partners and experts in the given areas, undertake to provide expertise and guidance to the named companies who have taken this pledge, to guide them in providing a path to employment for marginalised groups with whom we work.

We will work with the companies to ensure that they meet the terms of their pledge and help them grow this initiative by sharing our learnings and knowledge with more companies and supporting partners.

We will advise them on the correct ways and mean to create an environment conducive to all workers, regardless of their background. We will work together to help reduce barriers to employment be they economic, cultural, physical, sensory, educational or others to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to find good work.

We will link in prospective employees and those seeking training and other opportunities to the Open Doors Initiative so that they may work together to secure better prospects for the individual and retain qualified staff for the companies.

We are seeking an initial commitment to reduce unemployment across three marginalised groups:

  • Refugee, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers
  • Young people under 25 with educational barriers
  • People with a disability

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Amnesty International is an independent worldwide movement working impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, an end to torture, executions, disappearances, and extrajudicial executions.
Amnesty International's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC) is a nonprofit social enterprise education initiative to scale the work of An Cosán in Tallaght West. An Cosán VCC is at the forefront of educational technology in Ireland, working in partnership with the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow), we empower people to learn using the latest virtual, online and mobile technologies.

We have developed an innovative entry level model of higher education aimed at isolated and underserved communities by offering a personalized blended model of online learning which combines live lectures with offline activities, assignments and face-to-face workshops, mentoring, and online resources, all at a pace that suits the learner.

Most of the learners who engage with An Cosán VCC are taking their first steps into higher education, and for some it is their first step back to education at any level. An Cosán VCC’s holistic, learner-centered model puts the learner at the heart of the project.

AsIAm is Ireland’s national charity for the autism community. Our vision is to create a more inclusive Ireland for autistic people, where every autistic person can live, work and succeed ‘as they are.’ Founded in 2014, AsIAm has extensive experience in training and accrediting businesses, professionals, organisations, schools, universities and communities nationwide on supporting autistic people, based on best practices in accessibility and inclusion. We also partner with other organisations to develop pathways to vocational training and employment for autistic people. AsIAm also advocates, conducts policy research and lobbies for a more inclusive Ireland on the autism community’s behalf.

BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland. Since 2003, we have worked with LGBTI+ young people, between 14 and 23 years, to create a world where they are equal, safe, and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences. We also advocate and campaign on behalf of young LGBTI+ people, and offer a specialised LGBTI+ youth service with a focus on mental and sexual health, alongside drug and alcohol support. We respond to the needs of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland and we help them thrive.

Business in the Community Ireland is the country's only network for responsible business; we work with over 90 of Ireland’s top companies to measure, manage and report on their sustainability and corporate responsibility. In addition, we run the Business Working Responsibly mark, Ireland’s only certified standard for sustainability and CSR. Audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000, the Mark is the premier business standard in Ireland. We also work with hundreds of companies on leveraging the power of business to tackle education and unemployment in Ireland through our Business Action Programmes: Ready for Work, EPIC, and Refugees Integration, Skills and Employability (RISE).

In Adult Service in the CRC, we have a large Training and Development centre which caters for over 100 adults. We have many different programmes available in our T&D centre including Rehabilitative Training, Lifeskills programme and CDETB. The adults will have a key worker as part of the programme and they will help the adult develop a Person-Centred Plan. This will enable the adult to set goals for themselves and develop new skills.

A major focus of the Training and Development centre is being apart of the community and in particular, becoming visible as a valued member of society. In order to achieve this, there is a focus primarily on courses in the community e.g. literacy, drama, horticulture, as well as work experience with the focus of eventually getting paid employment.

We believe that everyone needs a set of skills to succeed in life. We offer a range of training and educational courses as well as support to help learn those skills.

Chambers Ireland is Ireland's largest organisation with a network of 40 Chambers of Commerce in every major town and region in the country. We are independent and rooted in communities and because of this, our broad geographical reach means that we are uniquely positioned to understand the needs and concerns of almost 8,000 Irish businesses and to represent their views.

Chambers Ireland is committed to making communities across Ireland sustainable and prosperous environments to live, work and do business, so that economies in all parts of the island can thrive.  Chambers across Ireland have signed a pledge, with a commitment to support the SDGs in all the work that we do.

At the Crann Centre we work with all age groups (new-borns, children, teens, adults) and their families living with a neuro physical disability.  Our services are focussed on, but not limited to, people who have Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood stroke and Spinal Cord Injury.

Our Model of Care delivers a holistic suite of services for the individual and their family supporting and empowering them to live their best lives.

We support  people to gain the skills and confidence to succeed in education and in their career. This includes  a Mobility Programme  to enable them to get there and get around safely,  Assistive Technology training and  psychological supports to gain confidence and build resilience.

Depaul is a cross-border homeless charity which supports people experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk of homelessness.

Depaul provides low threshold, specialist support to the most vulnerable in our society through the provision of accommodation and community based services. Last year Depaul helped over 4000 men women and children, including families, women leaving prison, people residing in direct provision, young people, people with entrenched addiction issues and people suffering from mental health difficulties.

Established in 2002, Depaul is now a leading voice within the homeless sector and currently provides 30 services across the island of Ireland.

To find out more about our work and to get involved, visit

Our vision is an Ireland where people with disabilities and disabling conditions are fully included and enabled to reach their full potential in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN CRPD. Our mission is to advocate for the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities and disabling conditions in all aspects of their lives.  Our four strategic priorities are to support the participation and empowerment of people with disabilities within society, to drive the implementation and monitoring of policy to positively affect the lives of people with disabilities, to engage organisations across the disability movement to develop and respond to change, and to strengthen our organisational capacity to deliver our strategic priorities.

Down Syndrome Ireland are a parent led organisation who are dedicated to being the primary source of information & support to people with Down syndrome, their families & the professional community, working towards an improved quality of life for our members along with a respect and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of society.  We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of everything we do. We recognise the value and uniqueness of every person with Down syndrome. The unique and diverse needs of people with Down syndrome and their families govern all of our activities.

Dress for Success Dublin is a charity that supports women to enter the workforce, succeed at work, and achieve economic independence.  We were founded in 2011 by stylist, designer and tech entrepreneur, Sonya Lennon.  Since then, we have supported over 2,000 women with the clothes, skills and development opportunities they needed to secure employment.  

57% of the women we’ve supported are now working (compared to the 18% success rate by the government agency Seetec); 75% are where they want to be (whether in employment or in further education and training).

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) works with and for people affected by dyslexia. We work to empower individuals. We do this by providing information, offering support services, engaging in advocacy and awareness raising for people with and affected by dyslexia. Our vision is a society that values and meets the needs of people with dyslexia, and where dyslexic individuals reach their full potential in all aspects of life. Services offered by DAI include information; assessment for dyslexia and dyscalculia; specialist tuition for children and adults; courses for parents; training for teachers and other education personnel; dyslexia awareness training; and lobbying and advocacy.

Dyspraxia/DCD is Ireland's national charity for adults and children with Dyspraxia/DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and their families. Formed in 1995 our Vision is for a society where people with Dyspraxia/DCD are recognised, understood and valued in the community. We work to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of Dyspraxia/DCD in Ireland
- Advocate to ensure adequate resources are available to support the needs of people with Dyspraxia/DCD
- Partner with education, training, and employment services to provide further education and employment opportunities
- Lobby for improved diagnostic and intervention services for children and adults
- Organise events and activities for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families

Employrefugees platform is always aspiring to celebrate diversity in the Irish workforces and include refugees and asylum seekers with skills to the Irish labour market.

Many refugees and asylum seekers have significant training and experience in their own home countries and they have qualifications that range between PhD, Masters, diploma, and vocational holders.

Refugees are keen to prove themselves in the Irish world of work and we facilitate and support the integration of refugees job seekers into paid employment to meet the labour requirements of employers.

We have access to a broad countrywide network of Refugee & Asylum-Seeker talent pool.

Empower is the local development company for Fingal. Empower is responsible for a range of Government funded programmes to meet the needs of individuals, families and community groups.

These include the Local Employment Service, TÚS in Dublin 15 and the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), which delivers services and programmes across Fingal.

Our vision is to ensure that all who live in Fingal are valued equally. To live and work within a culture of raised expectations and equal opportunities for all. Where social inclusion and financial security is a lived experience for all children, families, individuals and communities in Fingal.

Exchange House Ireland National Travellers Service is an organisation of Traveller and non-Travellers and a leading provider of front line and support services to some of the most marginalised Travellers in Ireland.  We are a multi-disciplinary front-line service provider offering Education and Training Services, Children and Young People Services, Family Support and Crisis Intervention Services, Addiction Services and the National Traveller Mental Health Service. Our aim is to break down barriers and discrimination in order to facilitate Travellers accessing the services they need. Exchange House Ireland has been providing a professional standard of practice for nearly 40 years.

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 14-25. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential.

Gaisce is non-competitive and self-directed: participants progress along each award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) choosing personal, physical and community activities they wish to undertake and taking part in an adventure journey also. A trained adult mentor, their President’s Award Leader (PAL), supports them throughout the process. The more time and energy participants give, the greater the reward.

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation is an independent nonprofit founded in 2014 by McKinsey & Company to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale. Generation Ireland is currently in the process of incorporating as a private company limited by guarantee, with the intention of applying for charitable status after launch.

In partnership with a number of State agencies, IASIO provides a wide range of social inclusion supports to marginalised groups, including access to employment, training, education, social welfare and housing. These services are informed by years of working with some of the hardest-to-reach people, both in the community and in prison.

IASIO employment services work with people in custody and under Probation Service supervision, as well as those attached to the Central Mental Hospital, to develop with the person an alternative life course through guidance counselling and subsequent placement in training, education and/or employment.

Established in 1951, IOM is the United Nations Migration Agency and the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search of for practical solutions to migration challenges and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees, those seeking asylum and victims of trafficking. In doing this, IOM Ireland works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners and most importantly migrants themselves in provision of services and consultation.

Ibec is Ireland's largest lobby group representing Irish business both domestically and internationally. Its diverse membership spans every sector of the economy, employing over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland. Ibec and its trade associations lobby government, policy makers and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally to shape business conditions and drive economic growth. Ibec is a market leader in forecasts and surveys. Through its press office, Ibec sets out the views of business on key issues, regularly leading the national print and broadcast media. Ibec executives regularly speak at major national and international conferences and debates, and are members of key government expert groups and committees. Ibec provides a wide range of professional direct services to members including employer advice and representation on HR and industrial relations issues.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland, which houses an immigration helpline and Independent Law Centre, has been working to provide assistance to people from a migrant background, improving and protecting their rights since our establishment in 2001. Our vision in the Immigrant Council of Ireland is of a society that is fair, respects human rights and diversity and is committed to everyone, including people from a migrant background having the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We support and advocate for the rights of immigrants and their families and act as a catalyst for public debate, legal and policy change. With 17 years’ experience we can provide expert knowledge for those looking for our help. We want to ensure Ireland remains a place which promotes equality and provides justice and protection for those that need it.

Established in 1961, Inclusion Ireland is a national, rights based advocacy organisation that works to promote the rights of people with an intellectual disability. The vision of Inclusion Ireland is that of people with an intellectual disability living and participating in the community with equal rights.  Inclusion Ireland’s work is underpinned by the values of dignity, inclusion, social justice, democracy and autonomy and we use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to guide our work. Our four pillars of work include Living in the Community, Education, Employment, and State Supports.

Congress is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 800,000 working people. Congress seeks to achieve a just society - one which recognises the rights of all workers and citizens to enjoy the prosperity and fulfilment which leads to a good quality of life.  Congress will strive to achieve economic development, social cohesion and justice by upholding the values of solidarity, fairness and equality. Congress will also construct and advocate for a platform of policies capable of delivering our vision of a just society. We will engage with Government, employers, civil society organisations, voluntary groups and international bodies to promote its attainment.

The Irish Refugee Council is Ireland’s only NGO focussing solely on refugee issues. With over 25 years’ experience working directly with people in need of international protection the organisation has a number of key works areas including: Informational and referral services; Legal advice and representation; Integration Programmes: resettlement, housing, employment & education; and Youth Work. The Irish Refugee Council also advocates for improvements in the asylum procedure, reception conditions and in relation to Ireland’s engagement with EU refugee policy through their media, research and policy work. Their Drop-In Centre is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm) and provides free and confidential advice and information relating to all aspects of the asylum process.

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is Ireland’s leading representative organisation and service provider for people with physical disabilities.

IWA has a vision of an Ireland where people with disabilities have equal rights , choices and opportunities in how they live their lives and where our country is a model worldwide for a truly inclusive society.

The IWA mission is to work with, and on behalf of people with physical disabilities to drive positive change in Ireland through the influencing of public policy, the provision of quality services and enabling accessibility to all aspects of society.

People are at the heart of what we do and this is enshrined in all our values : Integrity, Positivity, Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Equality.

The Irish Youth Foundation believes that achievement starts with opportunity for young people living in disadvantaged circumstances. We are a privately funded organisation that funds and develops projects and programmes for young people across the island of Ireland. We provide financial support in the form of grants to local community and voluntary youth groups working with at-risk and disadvantaged young people. Secondly we partner with corporates to develop bespoke programmes around our three key pillars Education, Skills For Life and Health & Wellbeing.

LIFT – Leading Ireland’s Future Together - is a platform to improve the quality of leadership in Ireland - from the kitchen table to the classroom, clubhouse and board room, through a focus on leadership attributes, character & values.  

Each of us is a potential leader; whether that is within our family, community, sports team, or an organisation. LIFT believes that by developing personal leadership qualities and abilities within each individual, we can develop a nation of stronger better leaders.

Our vision is to make Ireland a better place to live by creating better leaders across society. Our aim is to that by 2028 (LIFT’s 10th anniversary), more than 10% of the Irish population will have engaged with LIFT.

NCBI is Ireland’s national sight loss organisation, supporting, empowering and training people who are blind or vision impaired. NCBI transforms lives by providing practical and emotional support, rehabilitation services, employment advice, technology support and training as well as NCBI library with books in accessible formats. NCBI works with anyone across the country, whether young or old. All our services are designed to help people with sight loss to live independently and confidently.

Peter McVerry Trust is a national homeless and housing charity, supporting those impacted by homelessness and social disadvantage. The charity’s mission is to support people out of homelessness, offering a comprehensive package of support to ensure they can leave homelessness behind, permanently, and to assist each person to re-establish himself or herself in the community and move towards greater independence.

The national housing and homeless charity is rolling out a series of new initiatives in 2019 to assist people through activation programmes in relation to training and employment. Currently, the charity supports participants in areas such as carpentry training with Moyross Youth Academy in Limerick, the Peter McVerry Trust Carline project supporting youth education in Dublin, in addition to a range of prevention and educational supports. Peter McVerry Trust will double spending in this area this year, with a budget of €1 million in 2019, with a particular emphasis on growing young people’s digital skills and offering enhanced supports to secure employment after training.

The Positive2Work Skillnet is made up of small, medium and large companies from all sectors of the Irish Economy. Positive2Work Skillnet member companies have come together to explore how the intervention of effective strategies, supported by training solutions and people development, can positively impact on the quality of employees working lives and the competitive environment within which network member companies operate. The aim is to create a Positive2Work environment for all employees within the member companies of the Skillnet. To date the Skillnet has delivered IT training, soft skills, management development and health and safety.

Purpl Unicorn is redefining integration and Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees through industry-led education. We work closely with businesses to help them identify opportunities to help migrants and refugees through up-skilling training programs. We develop and implement tangible training plans to support migrants to enter employment and we believe that companies have the greatest impact when they embrace migrants as economically-productive professionals. We empower Migrant entrepreneurs and small businesses by supporting them secure funding, incubation, and/or facilitating access to market in collaboration with our partners.  The Open Doors Initiative and Purpl Unicorn will collaborate with trained volunteers from both the Open Doors employee pool and that of Purpl Unicorn, to help all participants in using the offerings with the goal of gaining employment. This would enable us to offer highly skilled employees to employers in our pool and outside, in terms of participants in further training, internships, and jobs. Together we will help entrepreneurs on their journey to self-employment/starting a business and creating opportunities for others within the community.

The Rehab Group is a charity that champions the value of diversity and inclusion for people with a disability or disadvantage in their community. Over 17,000 people with a range of disabilities use Rehab Group’s services at 170 centres in 26 counties of Ireland as well as in England, Scotland and Poland. The Rehab Group services helps people with disabilities to be more independent, contribute to their communities and empowers them with the skills and confidence to be more active in the workforce.  This is achieved through a range of services: care provided by RehabCare; education and training provided by the National Learning Network and work provided by Rehab Enterprises.  The Rehab Group has decades of experience focusing on finding work solutions for people with disabilities as well as helping thousands of employers nationwide to employ them.

SARI uses the power of sport to challenge discrimination, promote cultural integration and drive social inclusion throughout Ireland.  Working with schools, Direct Provision Centres, refugee and local communities SARI delivers anti-discrimination educational workshops, intercultural sporting events and a Young Leaders youth development and employability programme collectively creating opportunities for all. Our aim is to develop and deliver practical engagement opportunities for Ireland’s new and established migrant and diverse ethnic communities providing a pathway for personal development, participation in sport and sports organisations, while generating a culture of inclusiveness and respect for diversity.

Specialisterne Ireland is a specialist consultancy supported by the Ability Programme that recruits and supports talented people on the autism spectrum and those with dyspraxia, dyslexia and ADHD. Our experience helps employers recruit and retain talented people and grow diverse, effective teams. We are a national organisation, which partners with local service providers and businesses to develop the most sustainable programmes possible while developing a mentorship/management model to enable employers to expand their recruitment to include graduates on the autism spectrum and those with similar challenges.

The Valuable 500 is a global movement putting disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda and celebrating those who are already committed to inclusion.  

500 of the most influential business leaders around the world coming together to ignite systemic change and unlock the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities. These 500 leaders will drive the inclusion revolution by harnessing the power of business to enable everyone to participate in society with ease, ambition and autonomy.

The Valuable 500 will profile leaders and businesses who are championing disability inclusion. The movement will celebrate those leading the way and provide guidance and best practice for those starting out. So wherever you are on your disability inclusion journey, the aim is to enable more businesses than ever to drive enhanced commercial performance by removing barriers both internally and externally.

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) are an established not-for-profit organization, operating a pioneering education programme for students with intellectual disabilities. We are based within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. Our Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive applied Practice covers a wide range of modules over 2 years. The core mission of the TCPID is to address the significant educational and societal barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities Our goal is to equip our students with the requisite education and training for future employment or further education which will allow them to lead more independent lives.

We have established a very strong network of business partners who are working with us to provide student work placements, paid internships and in some cases permanent employment for our graduates. We are proud to now have a network of over 20 partners across a wide range of industries including law firms, financial institutions, global healthcare companies, recruitment companies and the aircraft leasing sector to name a few. We believe that together with our TCPID business partners we can make a real difference and build true inclusion within the workplace and within society.

Twitter: @IDTCD // Facebook: /InclusionTCD // Instagram: inclusiontcd // LinkedIn: /school/inclusiontcd

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and ensuring that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find refuge from violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. We work with the Government, NGOs and other partners in Ireland to promote and safeguard the rights of refugees and to raise awareness of refugee issues. UNHCR Ireland is also a member of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme taskforce and supports the Government in the implementation of its resettlement programme, which has given safety to over 2,000 refugees since its establishment in 1998.

WALK’s Supported Employment Programmes develop career ambitions of people with intellectual disabilities. Our vocational initiatives; WALKways Tallaght University Hospital programme, Oireachtas Work Learning Programme and WALK Real Ability Project focus on gaining industry experience in order to develop work readiness. WALK partner with employers who share our vision to provide career opportunities ranging from small local to large global companies such as Compass, Nandos and Autodesk. Through active partnership employers feel appropriately supported to confidently provide real careers. We assist with onsite training, disability awareness and use a team problem solving approach to overcome any challenges. WALK are committed to achieving success in each placement and will adjust its support levels to need.