Translink chief calls for politicians to work with businesses to tackle major issues

Kieran Harding, managing director, Business in the Community NI with and Translink boss Chris Conway, the new chair of the organisation

THE new chair of Business in the Community has called on politicians to work with firms to tackle significant societal and environmental issues in the north.

Translink group chief executive Chris Conway was named the new chair the community focused business network last week.

Speaking as the Executive returned for the first time in three years, Mr Conway said: “As we enter this new decade, it has never been more incumbent on business and government to work together to tackle some of our biggest societal and environmental issues.

“Businesses in Northern Ireland are in a position to take action that makes a real difference to their people, the planet and the places where they operate, and I'm a firm believer that they have an obligation to do so.

“As chair, I aim to drive forward the great work of Business in the Community and challenge organisations to identify areas where they can make improvements and take action that's vital for a sustainable and prosperous future for Northern Ireland.”

The new chair said the restoration of the Executive would brings opportunities for responsible business.

“It's very encouraging to see the restored Executive in Northern Ireland focusing on many of the big issues that BITCNI addresses in its strategy. The New Decade, New Approach deal outlines commitments to tackle climate change, and prioritises growing the economy, health, education and housing – key priorities for BITCNI.

“Under this new approach, our network of responsible businesses has a real opportunity to work together and make a meaningful difference. It's a very exciting time for me to be taking on the role of chair.”

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