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Launch of Leading in Wellbeing Top 100 Companies 2022 – Business & Finance, in partnership with Ibec – Part 1

By Business & Finance
27 April 2022

Business & Finance, in partnership with Ibec, launches ‘top 100 companies leading in wellbeing’ Index.

Today, Business & Finance media group in partnership with Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has launched an index of the top 100 companies leading in wellbeing.

In recent years, employee wellbeing has continued to rise further up the agenda for employers. Public awareness of the importance of good workplace mental health and wellbeing is also growing. To move beyond good intention and to realise a true culture of wellbeing, employers must make positive health and wellbeing a core business priority.

This index, the first of its kind in Ireland, is timely and significant as it recognises the top businesses of all sizes who are leading the way and have improved their performance in supporting employee mental health and wellbeing. We hope this will encourage others to follow.

Speaking about the launch, Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy commented: “It is encouraging to note the diversity of industries spanning the full breadth and scope of the Irish economy that are represented in this index. These 100 companies that we are celebrating today are leading the way in workplace wellbeing and their commitment to instilling a best practice approach to wellbeing has made a lasting impact on their employee

Ian Hyland, Publisher of Business & Finance and President of Catalyst Media Group, commented on the launch: “As the world opens up and we start to return to the office, the importance of wellbeing in the workplace takes on an extra dimension. Working with our partners Ibec, we are delighted to support this very worthwhile initiative. As we navigate these new opportunities, it is critical that companies continue to place employee wellbeing at the heart of their strategy and priorities. Employees are, after all, our greatest asset.” 

Sophie Moran, Programme Manager of Ibec’s KeepWell Mark added: “Workplace wellbeing has risen to the top of the agenda for companies, and more frequently being called out as a core component of their business strategies. This is reflected in an increased focus by businesses on their workplace culture and ensuring it is conducive to staff attraction and retention.

“We’ve seen an increase in businesses seeking support in adapting their approach to new ways of working and getting strategic when it comes to embedding employee wellbeing. Our KeepWell programme and broader wellbeing supports are designed to support employers in implementing best in class wellbeing strategies. This is done through the accredited KeepWell framework, research insights, member forums, and specific training supports.” 

The index is comprised exclusively of companies in Ibec’s KeepWell community. The list focuses primarily on those companies who hold an active KeepWell Mark accreditation with exception being made to include a limited few companies, who upon entering the programme had already demonstrated a high standard of wellbeing performance and have put the appropriate measures in place to meet the standards of the KeepWell Mark and are scheduled for formal assessment.

By making the index an annual occurrence, Ibec expects to drive even greater public awareness of the importance of wellbeing in every workplace across the country.

The index is comprised exclusively of companies in Ibec’s KeepWell community. The list focuses primarily on those companies who hold an active KeepWell Mark accreditation with exception being made to include a limited few companies, who upon entering the programme had already demonstrated a high standard of wellbeing performance and have put the appropriate measures in place to meet the standards of the KeepWell Mark and are scheduled for formal assessment.

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The full list is available to download here

Alcon Laboratories

Alcon is the global leader in eye care, dedicated to helping people see brilliantly. With an over 75- year heritage, we are the largest eye care device company in the world, with complementary businesses in Surgical and Vision Care. Being a truly global company, we work in 60 countries and serve patients in more than 140 countries. We have a long history of industry firsts, and each year we commit a substantial amount in Research and Development to meet customer needs and patient demands.


A Story of Success: With roots dating back to 1913, Aldi (short for Albrecht Discount) entered the Irish market in 1999. Aldi employs over 4,500 people in Ireland and one of the world’s most successful retailers. We have a vast network of 150 stores across the country with ambitious plans to open many more. There are currently more than 6,200 stores across our international business including stores in the UK, Germany, Italy, Australia and the USA .


Alexion, the rare disease business unit of AstraZeneca, is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for 30 years, Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders, cardiology, ophthalmology and acute care. The work we do is guided by people living with rare and devastating diseases. We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives. We know that to become the most rewarding company to work for we need to cultivate an environment in which every team member is encouraged and equipped to perform at their personal best. This is why we continually strive to foster a culture that reflects values that are core to our unique work, and illustrates our daily commitment to people living with rare and devastating diseases, our Guiding Star. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries and has a strong presence in Ireland with commercial sites in College Park in Dublin and in Athlone. This press release and further information about Alexion can be found at:


Alkermes is focused on developing innovative medicines that seek to address unmet needs of people living with serious mental illness, addiction and cancer. A fully-integrated, global biopharmaceutical company with locations in the U.S. and Ireland, we are committed to designing medicines that make a meaningful difference in the way people manage their disease.

An Post

Delivering successfully in a digital world The rapid growth of technology has created challenges but also opportunities for our business as communication moves online and we rapidly head towards a cashless society. As the digital world closes one door on our mail business with e-substitution, it opens another with the world of eCommerce. We’re changing from one world to another, requiring us to make bold strategic moves to become a sustainable, profitable business. One company, two businesses We have restructured our company into two world-class businesses, An Post Mails & Parcels and An Post Retail, each with its own talented team and agreed long-term strategy. Mails & Parcels Our Mails & Parcels business is rapidly growing our eCommerce and mail marketing businesses, offsetting declining mail volumes, while still delivering the highest quality postal service to every home and business in Ireland. We want to play a full role in Irish economic life as the backbone of eCommerce, making sure that communities across Ireland have the same access to goods as in major world cities. Retail We already manage more cash than any other organisation in Ireland and will seek to diversify and grow our financial and retail services while providing a trusted gateway to government services for our customers, both online and in person. We aim to re-invent the post office network so every town and major village in Ireland has a modern post office, providing the financial technology services our customers need in a cashless society. We are committed to digital transformation and brand rejuvenation so we can offer customer-centred competitive services.

Arthur Mallon Foods

Arthur Mallon Foods Is the leading producer of sausages in Ireland, creating award winning sausages in County Monaghan since 1940. The company originated from Arthur Mallon’s Butchers shop in Monaghan Town, which was famous for its tasty and creative sausages recipes. We have won over 160 awards both nationally and internationally, which makes us the most awarded sausage maker in Ireland!

ASL Aviation Holdings

ASL Aviation Holdings DAC is a global aviation services group based in Swords, Ireland, just 10 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport. The group consists of multiple companies including 6 airlines (7 airline operations) maintenance facilities and a number of leasing entities.  ASL’s airlines operate under their own brands and they also operate passenger and cargo networks on behalf of major international customers including express freight integrators and passenger airlines.   The group has a fleet of circa 130 aircraft made up of 12 aircraft types from the ‘jumbo’, Boeing 747- 400 freighters, to the smaller ATR 42 turbo props.   In 2018 ASL’s airlines operated 85,713 flights or 235 flights per day, 365 days of the year. The airlines carried 4,043, 021 passengers and 357,135 tonnes of freight on flights that totalled 186,130 hours. Overall reliability across the Group fleet was 97.6%.  While some of the group airlines were founded more than 40 and 50 years ago, ASL Aviation Holdings’ foundation essentially began in 1998 and the company has been profitable every year since its incorporation. In 2017 group revenue exceeded U$1 billion.  ASL employs 3,000 people globally from 51 different nationalities.

Avant Money

Avant Money is Ireland’s newest mortgage lender and a leading provider of personal loans and credit cards for over 20 years.  Avant Money currently offers some of the lowest interest rates available in the market for mortgages and personal loans, allowing customers to make substantial savings across the lifetime of its products.    Headquartered in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, with a second office in Dublin, it employs over 250 staff. Avant Money was the first financial services company in Ireland to receive Ibec’s KeepWell Mark in 2018 and became the first company in Ireland to be reaccredited in 2020.  The challenges faced by companies right across the globe since March 2020 have strengthened the importance Avant Money places on the health and wellbeing of its colleagues in the office as well as homeworking across the country.  Avant Money HR Director, Helen Richardson, said, “It is a testament to our team that Avant Money has continued to flourish despite the pandemic.  For me, a programme focused on the wellbeing of staff is vital, and so being reaccredited by Ibec with the KeepWell Mark last year was warmly welcomed. Wellness is at the core of everything we do at Avant Money and that is why we are pleased to hold ourselves to the highest standards and are thrilled to have our success as a good employer recognised by Ibec.

Aviva Stadium

Aviva Stadium prides itself on being a unique world class international stadium, an outstanding venue for football, rugby, concerts and conferences, providing a top class experience for customers, players, coaches, media, commercial partners and staff.   The stadium is jointly owned by its two shareholders, the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland.  Aviva Stadium is an exceptional conference and banqueting venue and provides outstanding event space, with excellent views and facilities. Aviva Stadium works closely with its commercial partner, Compass Group Plc, to deliver superior conferences and events.  Aviva Stadium Wellness Committee  Aviva Stadium staff established a Wellness Committee in 2018 which promotes employee health and wellness initiatives throughout the organisation. The Wellness Committee gives staff control over what wellness programmes, events, and wellness challenges are offered and staff participation in wellbeing initiatives is high. The Wellness Committee is representative of our workforce.   Other duties of our Wellness Committee include:  – Communicating to employees the value of the wellness program and the benefits they can expect to receive by participating.  – Generating ideas and objectives and setting wellness program goals.  – Assisting with planning and promoting wellness initiatives.  – Encouraging participation and feedback in every way possible.


BioMarin is a global biopharmaceutical company and world leader in developing and commercialising first- or best-in-class therapies for rare genetic diseases. We take pride in going where the science leads us, pioneering breakthrough treatments for debilitating and life-threatening conditions where we can significantly improve upon the current standard of care. Our culture revolves around the ethos that no disease should go untreated, and our people are driven to discover, develop, and commercialise medicines that give patients, their families, and their caregivers hope where there was little or none. BioMarin employs over 470 people in Ireland with its EMEA headquarters in Dublin and one of the Company’s manufacturing facilities located in Cork. Both locations have active health and wellness programmes which are led by employees and supported by the Company’s leadership team, ensuring employees are encouraged and supported to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

Blackrock Clinic

Blackrock Clinic is Ireland’s leading and longest established private, high-tech hospital, focused on delivering the most advanced healthcare in Ireland. Since it opened in the mid 1980s, Blackrock Clinic has consistently built an unparalleled reputation in new high-tech surgical procedures, medical treatments and ground-breaking diagnostics. This reputation means that some of the best international and national consultants and healthcare professionals work at Blackrock Clinic. Blackrock Clinic is a progressive and pioneering hospital in which care for the patient is central to everything we do. Our vision to be the best place to receive care, to practice medicine and to work and we are committed to delivering the highest standards of patient care through our culture of ‘better together’ and our values. Blackrock Clinic puts great emphasis on staff health, safety and wellbeing and is determined to continue to increase the focus on this area to support the teams working in the hospital to deliver the best patient care.

Boliden Tara Mines

Guided by Care, Courage and Responsibility we set out towards our vision to be the most climate friendly and respected metal provider in the world. Our purpose is to provide the metals essential to improve society for generations to come. Our values describe how we work together in our daily operations. It brings many different competences and skills together and forms our corporate culture towards a common purpose. Our overall goal is to create profitability and growth in a responsible manner with consideration for people, the environment and society. We contribute to sustainable metal production and a reliable supply of metals for society through our strategy of owning our own mines and smelters

Bon Secours Health System

As Ireland’s largest independent hospital group, Bon Secours Health System is renowned for the quality of its service provision coupled with a rich tradition in healthcare. Bon Secours Health System is a not for profit organisation with its mission centered on providing compassionate, world class medical treatment to all those it serves. With nearly 4,000 staff, 450 leading consultants, Bon Secours treats in excess of 280,000 patients annually in its 5 modern acute hospitals in Cork Galway, Limerick, Tralee and Dublin as well as a Care Village in Cork. It is the largest provider of private healthcare in Ireland.

Bord Gáis Energy

Bord Gáis Energy is a utility that supplies gas and electricity and boiler services to customers in the Republic of Ireland. Bord Gáis Energy has been in operation in some form since 1976 and supplies over 750,000 customers with energy in Ireland. Since mid-2014 Bord Gáis Energy is also part of the global Centrica plc Group. Bord Gáis Energy has offices in Dublin and Cork as well as having boiler service technicians nationwide. Bord Gáis translates as “Gas Board”, although is now a private company limited by shares and part of Centrica Global plc which also owns British Gas.

Bord na Móna

Bord na Móna is a climate solutions company. We are an Irish, semi-state climate solutions company helping lead Ireland towards a climate neutral future. Bord na Móna provides employment for approximately 1500 people and manages a land holding of over 80,000 hectares. We measure our work on this landbank over long-term timescales. Our ambition is to create the right conditions to store carbon and protect biodiversity, while helping to deliver ongoing sustainable energy security for Ireland. Our solutions cover renewable energy, recycling, waste management, carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation. We want to help create a brighter future where Ireland has reached net zero. Bord na Móna has transitioned from a traditional peat harvesting organisation into a climate solutions company routed in renewable power operating with a mix of wind, biogas and biomass facilities. Our solutions cover renewable energy, recycling, waste management, carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation. We want to help create a brighter future where Ireland has reached net zero.

Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for 40 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. Established in Ireland since 1994, today Boston Scientific employs around 6,000 people across three facilities, located in Galway, Clonmel and Cork.   - For more information, and connect on Twitter andFacebook’’.

Breedon Group

Breedon Group plc is a leading construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland. It operates two cement plants and an extensive network of quarries, asphalt plants and ready-mixed concrete plants, together with slate production, concrete and clay products manufacturing, contract surfacing and highway maintenance operations.  The Group employs approximately 3,500 people and has over 1 billion tonnes of mineral reserves and resources. The Group’s strategy is to continue growing through organic improvement and the acquisition of businesses in the heavyside construction materials market.

Bristol Myers Squibb Cruiserath Biologics

Bristol Myers Squibb is a leading global biopharma company focused on discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious diseases in areas including oncology, haematology, immunology, cardiovascular and neuroscience. Our employees work every day to transform patients’ lives through science. Bristol Myers Squibb has been in operation in Ireland since 1964, employing over 650 people across a range of activities and business units. Located in Dublin, Cruiserath Biologics Campus, the one billion Multi-Product Cell Culture Biologics Manufacturing facility plays a central role in the Global Product Development and Supply (GPS) network as the company’s first European biologics manufacturing facility.  This state of the art facility will produce multiple therapies for the company’s growing biologics portfolio. Global Biologics Laboratory (GBL) responsible for the release testing of Biologics Drug product for the network, is also based on the Cruiserath Biologics Campus. Cruiserath Biologics has been awarded Biopharma Company of the Year in 2019 and 2020 in the Irish Pharma Industry Awards and is certified as a Great Place to Work consecutively  since 2017, including as a Great Place to Work for Women this year.  For more information about Bristol Myers Squibb, visit us at

Brown Thomas Arnotts

Brown Thomas Arnotts are immensely proud of our unique heritage, yet never stop evolving with the times. We place tremendous importance on fostering a spirit of innovation and creativity, setting ourselves apart through continuous investment and by driving ideas sourced from all areas of our business. Brown Thomas Arnotts are part of the Selfridges Group, which provides leading luxury shopping experiences for millions of customers around the world through iconic, innovative and inspiring retail destinations.    In addition to Brown Thomas and Arnotts, the Group consists of Holt Renfrew in Canada, Selfridges in the UK and de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands.


Bulmers has been manufacturing cider in Clonmel since 1935, when local man William Magner established a cider mill in Dowd’s Land Clonmel. Today, our manufacturing plant at Annerville, Clonmel is a multi-beverage site, directly employing over 200 people. The Bulmers manufacturing site is part of the C & C Group, which is a leading, vertically integrated premium drinks company which manufactures, markets and distributes branded beer, cider, wine, spirits, and soft drinks across the UK and Ireland. C&C Group’s portfolio of owned/exclusive brands include, Bulmers, the leading Irish cider brand, Tennent’s, the leading Scottish beer brand, Magners the premium international cider brand, as well as a range of fast-growing, super-premium and craft ciders and beers, such as Heverlee, Menabrea, Five Lamps and Orchard Pig. C&C exports its Magners and Tennent’s brands to over 40 countries worldwide. The main priority of Bulmers and the C and C Group continues to be the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees; recognising the key importance of delivering better safety standards and improving the wellbeing of our colleagues.

Cambus Medical

Cambus Medical is a medical technology company focused on developing, designing and manufacturing both sophisticated and niche critical components for minimally invasive medical devices used in diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. We were established in 2006 and since then, have grown steadily with regular expansions to our manufacturing facilities. The Cambus Medical team have extensive experience in providing precision solutions to the medical device industry. From prototyping your next program, through to full scale volume production, all processes are carried out in our highly integrated, state of the art facility. In working with Cambus Medical, you will receive excellent customer service along with access to innovative solutions, experienced staff and top quality advice which is tailor made to your specific requirements. This is why some of the top medical device companies are counted among our many valued customers.

Circle K Ireland

Circle K Ireland, part of the global fuel and convenience store brand Circle K, is the leading forecourt and convenience retailer in Ireland. With over 2,400 employees, its retail network is made up of 420 stores across the island of Ireland. Of these locations, 160 are owned by Circle K, 7 are owned by franchise partners and 243 are owned by independent retail partners. With an ambition to grow its offering in Ireland, Circle K recently added 10 high street convenience and food stores in Dublin to its network. Circle K also operates a large commercial fuels business, with over 20 depots and two owned terminals across the country. Circle K’s mission is to make customers’ lives a little easier every day by delivering the very best products and quality of service at every one of its locations across Ireland. To achieve this, Circle K fosters an environment where colleagues can grow personally and professionally, with a focus on the safety and wellbeing of colleagues, training and development, staff engagement and encouraging career progression both locally and internationally within the Circle K network. With 420 service stations and convenience retail locations, Circle K is firmly established across the island of Ireland, providing support to both rural and urban communities. Circle K makes a difference in every community it operates in, offering employment opportunities, the provision of essential services and social engagement. Circle K is committed to implementing environmentally and economically sustainable practices across its product range and operations.

Coca Cola Hellenic

Coca-Cola HBC is one of the world’s largest bottlers and partner of The Coca-Cola Company. With over 36,000 employees across 29 countries and operating on 3 continents, our mission is to delight the over 715 million consumers in our territories, by offering a choice of over 190 iconic global and favourite local brands in the moments that matter, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our business has a strong heritage on the island of Ireland and has been refreshing local consumers for over 80 years. Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland produces, distributes, markets and sells a wide range of beverages which includes soft drinks, premium spirits and coffee. Our portfolio includes international and local brands such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, Schweppes, Monster Energy, Deep RiverRock, Glendalough, Campari, Macallan, Topo Chico, Costa and Fruice.

Compass Group Ireland

Compass Group Ireland are the people behind the most dynamic and rewarding food experiences in the country, with contract catering solutions built on much more than just food. They’re powerful partnerships, rooted in trust, and delivered by people who care. Our mission is to make great-tasting food work for Ireland’s greatest businesses, and that’s exactly what we achieve for every client, every day. Social media handles: LinkedIn: Instagram:

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE)

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) acts as Holding Company for the CIÉ Group of Companies which incorporates Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and CIÉ Tours. While not involved directly in the provision of services to the public, we employ approximately 170 officed based staff across five Dublin city locations. Since the onset of Covid-19 all staff are working remotely. As well as reporting to Government and liaising with the National Transport Authority (NTA), we provide a wide range of professional services to the wider CIÉ Group. Services include: – Legal advice and guidance – Information Technology – Insurance and Risk – Internal Audit – Finance and Reporting – Property Services With an average employee age of 48 and a near 50:50 gender balance CIÉ represents a dynamic and forward-looking environment in which to work. Backed up by our policies and procedures we strive to ensure employee wellbeing is a high priority. We are very proud to display our Keepwell Award in our Boardroom at Heuston Station and look forward to continuing our employee wellbeing journey.

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