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Ulster Bank Takes the Lead on Sustainability in Ireland

Ulster Bank is the only bank in Ireland to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark – the highest level of Corporate Social Responsibility accreditation in the Republic of Ireland.

Jim Brown was one of five company CEOs to be presented with the award by Tanaiste Joan Burton at an event in Dublin Castle on 10 November. Receiving the award, Jim commented”

“This Mark is a real tribute to our people, our passion for serving our customers and the strong community spirit that has stayed alive in our culture through tough times.

I’m extremely proud that we join the top tier of responsible businesses in Ireland, and are the only bank to receive this accreditation. It’s the result of a lot of hard work undertaken across the bank, and while we can’t be complacent about the challenges ahead, it tells us we’re on the right path to building a sustainable business for the future.”

Responsible Business Forum

Attended by 150 Chief Executives of Ireland’s largest companies, the event in Dublin Castle kicked off the Responsible Business Forum – a sustainability conference organised by Business in the Community Ireland.

One of the keynote speakers at the Forum is RBS non-executive director and chair of the RBS Sustainable Banking Committee, Penny Hughes, who will be speaking on the topic of how RBS is responding to the challenges of rebuilding reputation and trust and indeed scored top in the UK 2014 Transparency in Corporate Reporting study.

Ulster Bank has also received another accreditation for its sustainability practices, achieving the Business In The Community Northern Ireland CORE certification earlier this year.

To help us talk to customers about this, we’ve recently produced a Sustainability at Ulster Bank leaflet which provides a snapshot of our activities and progress in 2013, how we’re addressing stakeholder issues and serving our customers and communities.

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