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

Should you wish to become a supporting partner, please contact

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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).

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.

The purpose of the Employer Disability Information service is to provide employers with an expert peer source of advice and information on employing staff with disabilities, with a view to enhancing the confidence and competence of individual employers to employ, manage and retain staff with disabilities. The ultimate aim is to promote increased employment of people with disabilities. The service is a centrally-based national resource of peer advice and information for employers on employment of people with disabilities. The service is managed by a consortium of employer organisations - Chambers Ireland, IBEC and ISME and is funded through the NDA, as part of the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.