Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
In Walls we recognise that our corporate social responsibility is an integral part of our Company’s reputation. We believe that a first priority is our local community, both in the environs of our head office building in Dublin and our Munster Region office based in Cork. Therefore, we commit time and resources and encourage our employees to become involved in local organizations and charitable initiatives, such as the North side Partnership agency, a local employment support group based in Dublin 17. In 2015, in partnership with the CIF and other member firms, we committed significant resources to refurbishing 12 apartments for the Peter McVerry Trust, ensuring some respite for the homeless in Dublin City Centre.
The Company also supports a number of fundraising initiatives throughout the year and matches contributions to support various causes, including an annual table quiz where we invite clients, design teams and other third parties to test their general knowledge with our employees, with the proceeds on the night and a generous Company contribution going to a worthwhile charitable cause. It goes without saying that our day to day business activities are discharged in a socially responsible manner, behaving ethically and responsibly in the localities where we work and in so doing complying with local authority best practice and guidelines, local and national legislation and any regulations that apply to the construction sector.
Recent Charitable Collaboration - The Peter McVerry Trust
Late last year Walls collaborated with the Peter McVerry trust where a project was launched on the 18th of December 2015. Ard-Mhéara BAC, Críona ni Dhálaigh, and Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys TD were the individuals present on the day. The development was located at Hogan Court in Dublin 2.
The project consisted of a vacant building comprising of 12 individual units. The properties were in need of complete refurbishment and upgrading to make them habitable along with some external works to the site. The units, which had been used predominantly to provide housing to older individuals, had fallen into a very poor state of repair. Vandalism and dereliction meant that many of the units required extensive renovation in order to make them habitable.
The project, which was run by our site manager Gary Elliot, saw extensive internal renovations with new windows, electrics, plumbing, dry lining and improvements made to fire safety standards and ventilation. External works focused on creating a more aesthetically appealing block of apartments and accessibility for people with disabilities to the ground floor units. Landscaping of the green areas also added to the construction improvements and helped achieve a significant improvement in the visual amenities of the community.
TASC Madagascar is an active and ambitious charity operating in South East Madagascar helping some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet. Pat O’Brien, formerly of Walls Construction, is a Trustee of this superb charity and Walls Construction is proud to assist financially in the work carried out by Pat and the TASC team. Pat assures us that by keeping their overheads as low as possible donations make a real impact
to the work TASC does, as a little money goes a very long way in Madagascar.
Click on the link to find out more about the amazing and life-changing work funded by TASC Madagascar http://www.tascmadagascar.org/ and keep an eye on our News Feed for further updates.
UCD Champions ‘Opening Doors’ Alumni Fund
Walls Construction are proud to sponsor the UCD Champions ‘Opening Doors’ Alumni Fund. This fund aims to provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds that have shown great determination and drive to succeed despite the barriers that were put in their way. Supporting these students is more important than ever before, as recent years have seen rental prices and cost of living in Dublin soar. The receiving students are often the first in their family to attend third level education and they are creating an important domino effect in their local communities by encouraging others to go to third level.
Click on the following link for more information on this valuable programme http://www.ucdfoundation.ie/alumni-fund/