CORE – the Standard for Responsible Business – is Northern Ireland’s only corporate responsibility accreditation.

CORE strategically supports companies to develop their approach to corporate responsibility. It has been designed to help businesses that are committed to integrating corporate responsibility into the way they do business. CORE is based on Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Model. This model details the main corporate responsibility issues under the themes of People, Planet and Place alongside an additional three essential requirements that businesses must consider in order to be truly responsible: Marketplace Responsibility, Stakeholder Engagement and Responsible Leadership.

The CORE framework and accreditation will enable you to map your entire corporate responsibility activity and benchmark it against other organisations, all verified by an external assessor. In addition to gaining an insight into your organisation’s CR performance, CORE will also help your business with:

  • Positive profile and recognition
  • Improvement and development of CR activity
  • Strong evidence of good practice for procurement
  • Improved staff engagement and attracting talented people

The certification process entails:

  • An internal self-assessment
  • An online submission
  • A staff engagement survey
  • An external site visit with verification interviews

Completing CORE can take anything from three – 15 months, depending on the organisation. Certification lasts for two years. It is open to all organisations, regardless of size, industry or sector. It is open to both members and non-members of Business in the Community.


First accreditation – £3,000 +VAT
Reaccreditation – £1,500 + VAT

“Diageo’s ambition is to be the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products company in the world. In Northern Ireland, we play our part in achieving this through our corporate social responsibility agenda which focuses on providing leadership in Alcohol in Society, helping to build thriving communities and reducing our environmental impact. We were delighted to achieve CORE accreditation for Diageo NI. It has provided us with formal recognition, both internally and externally, of our commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ while helping to focus our efforts on continuous improvement.” Claire Hutchinson, Diageo