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Minister Murphy launches Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

27 October, 2009

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today pledged his Department's commitment to helping staff make a personal contribution to the community.

The Minister was speaking as he launched the policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which outlines initiatives in the areas of community engagement, environment sustainability, responsible procurement and the workplace.

The Minister said: “I am very keen to support Department for Regional Development (DRD) staff to make a personal contribution to the community. One of the ways we can achieve this is through involvement with Business in the Community, which allows us to participate in schemes such as Time to Read and Opportunity Now. DRD is also involved in other initiatives such as our engagement with graduates and undergraduates through my Bursaries scheme, internships and work placements. I also launched a Christmas card competition with two special needs schools to design the artwork for this years’ DRD cards.

"Sixteen members of staff have enrolled in Business in the Community’s Time to Read Initiative for the 2009-10 academic yea,r and each volunteer will dedicate one hour per week to read on a one-to one basis with two children from primary 5-7.

“I recently met two children from St Matthew’s primary school, Belfast, who are greatly enjoying participating in this initiative, which aims to help improve literacy skills in primary schools.

“We are committed to being a socially and environmentally responsible organisation and a good employer. The policy takes account of the wide spectrum of measures we will take now and in the future. I will be continuing to personally engage in my Department’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy going forward, to implement further new initiatives, and to drive through its implementation. CSR will have a very positive impact on our community.”

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