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Bank of Ireland publishes responsible business report

Launching Bank of Ireland UK's Responsible Business Report are Peter Sheridan (Co-operation Ireland) and Sean Sheehan (BoI) with local students

BANK of Ireland has published a report highlighting the positive its community initiatives have has across Northern Ireland

Its second 'Responsible Business Report' provides a comprehensive picture of what it collectively achieved for all of its stakeholders in 2015, as well as highlighting the positive contribution the bank and its employees is having across Northern Ireland.

The bank's regional director and small businesses head Sean Sheehan said: “The publication of the report is an important staging post as we strive to continuously improve our business.

"We are proud to be an integral part of the communities we do business in from supporting good causes and developing skills, to promoting inclusivity, commerce and social interactions.”

The report contains a number of visual representations and in-depth articles on some of the banks key initiatives.

One of these is Co-operation Ireland's 'Fair Chance' initiative (www.cooperationireland.org), a good relations and employability programme designed for 14-to-24 year olds from Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Lurgan and Portadown which aims to build positive and lasting relationships between young people and the communities.

More than 240 young people have taken part in the programme in the past two years developing skills in a variety of work related areas such as CV drafting and employment training. A further 30 students are due to complete the programme later this year.

Mr Sheehan added: “We support Co-operation Ireland as one of our five flagship charities. We are passionate about the Fair Chance programme as it gives us the opportunity to work directly with young people in local communities who are eager to learn business acumen and work ethics as well as obtaining employability skills.”

Throughout the programme young people are encouraged to set goals, participate in workshops and challenge themselves. With the support of programme staff, Bank of Ireland UK staff and mentors, young people leaving the programme have demonstrated a deeper appreciation for diversity and increased capacity for securing employment opportunities.

Co-operation Ireland chief executive Peter Sheridan said: “The landscape of Northern Ireland is ever changing; we believe in teaching young people the importance of different cultures and traditions through workshops which are facilitated in the programme by local groups, including people from the Polish and Chinese communities as well as workshops on Irish culture and marching bands."

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