Skillnet Ireland and Enterprise Ireland partner on sustainability targets

Pictured are Paul Healy (Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland), Joanne Sheahan (Senior Executive for Sustainability and Climate Action, Enterprise Ireland), Michelle Thompson (Strategic Partnerships Manager, Skillnet Ireland), and Leo Clancy (Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland). Pic: Orla Murray, Coalesce

Skillnet Ireland and Enterprise Ireland have partnered to roll out a Sustainability Leaders Programme, delivered by the Skillnet Climate Ready Academy, for Irish businesses.

As a result of this partnership, by the end of June almost 100 Irish businesses will have benefitted from this fully subsidised, industry-led programme, which aims to support Irish companies to build capability within their organisations around ESG and sustainability performance. Embedding sustainability in business strategy is essential for Irish businesses to meet increasing expectations from staff, investors, customers and consumers, as well as evolving European regulatory requirements.

This micro-credential programme, which runs for twelve weeks, incorporates six workshops, and aims to drive and assist both firms and sustainability professionals to embrace sustainable business practices towards a net zero economy.

Commenting on the impact of the Sustainability Leaders Programme, Paul Healy (Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland) said, “Ensuring a comprehensive sustainability strategy is in place is crucial for businesses to maintain competitiveness and to meet corporate environmental regulations and responsibilities. Beyond regulatory compliance, sustainability upskilling fosters innovation, enhances brand reputation whilst also attracting and retaining talent”.

Leo Clancy (CEO, Enterprise Ireland) said: “The journey to a more sustainable future is one that all businesses are working to navigate, and this important collaboration with Skillnet Ireland provides Irish businesses with a best-in-class Sustainable Leaders Programme, which can be transformational for companies in how they do business”.