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Businesses collaborate towards sustainability

Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 8:54am

By John Barry

Network Cork and AIB teamed up to provide Cork businesspersons with an evening focused on sustainability. The event aimed to provide Cork businesses with a holistic approach to sustainable practices in the workplace. Small Changes Make Big Differences took place at the South Mall branch of AIB on Wedneday night.

Head of Leadership Development at AIB, Pedro Angulo, was guest speaker on the evening. Mr Angulo spoke about guiding Cork businesses towards a one per cent sustainable change and how this can make a difference to their businesses.

With 10+ years’ leadership experience in Fortune 100 and 500 companies, Mr Angulo’s industry accolades include Programme Director of the Diploma in Strategic HRM at the IMI (Irish Management Institute), President of the Irish EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) and a member of the HRD UK advisory board.

Speaking about the event, President of Network Cork Gillian Hennessy said: “Cork has the potential to become a national leader for sustainable business practices. If every Cork businessperson makes just one change, we can shape a sustainable future and develop great practices that will filter from the workplace to peoples’ personal lives which will have a profound and positive impact on our wellbeing and the environment.”

Founders of Change by Degrees and Plastic Free Kinsale, Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray, also spoke at the event. The duo work with Irish companies to help them develop their sustainability story and create conditions enabling systemic change. On the evening, they discussed how businesspeople at all levels, in any company, can be empowered to make small changes at home and work to contribute to a thriving economy, happy society and healthy environment.

The event also featured a 10 minute chair yoga session with founder of Alchemy School of Yoga Cork, Jean Noonan. Chair yoga is an ideal practice for individuals as well as team leaders and members of workplace wellbeing committees.

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