Leading in Wellbeing Top 100 Companies 2021 – Business & Finance, in partnership with Ibec, launches Index – Part 2

Business | Thu 22 Apr | Author – Business & Finance

Business & Finance have released the annual Top 100 Index recognising the top companies operating in Ireland in 2020.

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The full list is available to download here

Clarochem Ireland Ltd

Clarochem Ireland Ltd is an APIs manufacturing plant, located in Damastown, near Dublin, with more than 43m3 of production capacity and vessels ranging from 30 to 8000 liters, acquired by the group in 2009. Further to a large portfolio of chemical reactions, Clarochem brings a dowry of crystallization and powder technology capability, enabling to set the best physical characteristics for our customers formulations.
Historically involved in custom manufacturing, since joining the group Clarochem Ireland has expanded its activity to the generic field.


The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation incorporated under Delaware’s General Corporation Law and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Coca-Cola Company has interests in the manufacturing, retailing, and marketing of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. 

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. 

Our company’s purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. Our portfolio of brands includes Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and other sparkling soft drinks. Our hydration, sports, coffee and tea brands include Dasani, smartwatervitaminwater, Topo Chico, Powerade, Costa, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest and Ayataka. Our nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage brands include Minute Maid, Simply, innocent, Del Valle, fairlife and AdeS. 

We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We seek to positively impact people’s lives, communities and the planet through water replenishment, packaging recycling, sustainable sourcing practices and carbon emissions reductions across our value chain. Together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide

Coras Iompair Eireann (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. 

Cork County Council

Cork County Council, the largest local authority in the country in geographical area and with a population of 332,255, is the second largest Local Authority nationally, and the largest outside Dublin. The Council has a revenue budget for 2021 of €348m and current staff numbers of approximately 2,000 WTE. 

The Council delivers a broad and diverse range of services, including Roads, Motor Taxation, Housing, Planning, Environmental Services, Economic Development, Tourism, Community Development, Arts & Heritage, Fire Services and Library Services. 

Cork County Council received a Higher Distinction award and a Consistent High Achiever award at the 2020 National Irish Safety Organisation Awards. The Council’s Safety Management System earned OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Management Assessment Series) 18001 certification in 2017 becoming the first Local Authority to do so. The accreditation lasted 3 years, during which time OHSAS 18001 was replaced with ISO 45001. Following its transition to the new Occupational Health and Safety requirements of the ISO standard, Cork County Council became a first-time achiever in its field once again, achieving ISO 45001 accreditation, while the organisation supported the County Cork community in its response to Covid 19. 

Achieving yet another first for a local authority, Cork County Council was also accredited with the IBEC “Keep Well Mark” in November of 2020, due to dedicated efforts to promote health and wellbeing as part of the Safety Management System. The IBEC “Keep Well Mark” standard reflects success in the eight target areas of leadership, health and safety, absence management, physical activity, mental health, smoke free, intoxicants and healthy eating. 

The Convention Centre Dublin

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, located 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and situated in the heart of Dublin’s docklands.  

After celebrating its ten-year anniversary last year, The CCD has hosted over 1,950 events and welcomed over 1.3m visitors. It is the second venue in the world to be awarded a silver status by the World Obesity Federation’s Healthy Venues Award programme. 

To date, The CCD has won 50 industry awards including, the Green Tourism and Entertainment Award 2020 and Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2020. The CCD continues to position Ireland on the world stage for international conferences, congresses and events, while maintaining a customer satisfaction rate ranking constantly above 98%. 

The health and wellbeing of staff, contractors, clients, and delegates at The CCD is crucial to the venue’s success, and several initiatives are in place to ensure positive health and wellbeing.  

Crowleys DFK 

Crowleys DFK is one of Ireland’s leading firms of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.  With offices in Dublin and Cork, we have been providing client-focused audit, accountancy, taxation and advisory services for 46 years. 

We are proud of the reputation and long-term relationships we have built with our clients over the years. They represent a diverse range of today’s most innovative and high-performing industries in the indigenous SME and Foreign Direct Investment sectors. We are also widely regarded as one of the leading advisors to the Public Sector.   

We never lose focus on clients’ objectives.  We guarantee each client receives the same quality expert advice and value-added service to make their organisation more efficient, effective and compliant. 

Innovation is key to all services we provide at Crowleys DFK. It is a core value of the firm. A key example of this is our commitment to cloud accounting – the next generation of accounting. We are one of Ireland’s leading cloud accounting service providers and are a Xero Platinum accredited partner.  

Corporate Social Responsibility is an essential part of our business. Showing a level of care for our employees, our community and the environment are key factors in how we measure our success. We have long recognised the importance of making the wellbeing of our employees a strategic priority and strive to provide the highest standard of workplace health, wellbeing, and safety. 

Our national presence in Ireland is supported by our international reach through DFK International. DFK is an international association of independent accounting and business advisory firms. DFK are passionate about ideas, innovation and new technologies. As of 2021, DFK International has 229 member firms, with 441 offices across 93 countries and a turnover of $1.486 billion.

DeCare Dental 

DeCare is Ireland’s only specialist dental, vision and wellness benefits provider.  For over twenty one years, DeCare has provided dental insurance products, services and wellbeing programmes to our global customer base in Ireland and the United States. Our specialist products and services are delivered by our talented team and have enabled over 400 companies in Ireland to help their staff to look after their oral and general health by lessening costs and increasing health awareness. 

Globally, DeCare Dental is a trusted brand, administering dental benefits for over 40 years and supporting over 10 million dental members worldwide. DeCare is a subsidiary of Anthem, the largest health benefits provider in the U.S and a brand that is recognised for innovation and service. In Ireland, this global strength and experience backs our local team, products, service and oral health expertise. 

TeamCare and EyeCare by DeCare is a dedicated corporate benefit, which combines a comprehensive range of dental and vision insurance products. DeCare offers a range of dental and vision insurance plans to suit every company budget with options for fully-corporate paid, flex and employee-self-pay schemes. Our comprehensive dental insurance products encourage regular dental visits and provide financial protection for minor and major treatment. An eye exam does more than to alert you to whether you need glasses. It’s essential for detecting eye health problems early such as glaucoma and high blood pressure. Most importantly, employees who see well, perform better and make fewer errors. 

Wellness from DeCare offers a range of general health clinics including dental wellness programs. We offer expert advice on wellness services to suit your company and deliver them in a cost effective and timely manner. 


The DEPFA Group including DEPFA Bank plc operates in Ireland and provides a range of banking, financial and related services. It is headquartered in Dublin and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. The bank’s main strategy and business model is to manage and rundown its public sector finance asset base, which primarily consists of the cover pool of its subsidiary DEPFA ACS Bank. In February 2021 BAWAG Group was announced as the successful bidder in a tender process to acquire DEPFA BANK plc, and its subsidiary DEPFA ACS Bank DAC. DEPFA Group’s business strategy remains exclusively focused on wind down and reducing the statement of financial position in a value preserving manner 

The success of the bank in meeting its strategic objectives has only been possible due to the capabilities, motivation and professionalism of its employees. The sudden shift in the work environment and the current health crisis have highlighted further how critical it is to develop and maintain a healthy workforce. DEPFA will continue to invest in its work practices, training and wellness programmes which it considers necessary to support better employee health, higher employee engagement and productivity. With DEPFA’s strategy, the implementation and activities of these programmes have had value enhancing benefits for both employer and employees. 

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus is Ireland’s largest public transport provider operating an extensive network of 117 radial, cross-city and peripheral routes and three 24 hour routes in the city of Dublin and the Greater Dublin Area. With a fleet of almost 1,000 fully accessible buses, including 83 hybrids, Dublin Bus carries 142 million customers a year (pre-Covid restrictions). Employing over 3,570 people, Dublin Bus is considered a pioneer in the development of policies and support initiatives around workplace issues. 

Element Six (E6) 

Element Six (E6) is a global leader in the design, development and production of synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide advanced material solutions. Part of the De Beers Group, E6’s primary manufacturing sites are located in the UK, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, and the US.  

Since 1959, Element Six’s focus has been on engineering the diamond synthesis process to leverage the material’s extreme and diverse properties, including hardness, high tensile strength, chemical inertness, broad optical transmission and very high thermal conductivity. 

Element Six advanced material solutions are used in applications such as cutting, grinding, drilling, shearing and polishing, while the extreme properties of synthetic diamond beyond hardness are opening up new applications in a wide array of industries such as optics, power transmission, water treatment, semiconductors and sensors. 


ENERCON Windfarm Services Ireland ltd and ENERCON GmbH Irish branch are an established renewable energy company in Ireland and are one of the largest providers of wind turbines and services on the island of Ireland.     

Health and Safety and employee wellbeing are at the forefront of what we do. We instil an attitude of good Health and Safety practices in all employees. In 2018, we began to look at the ‘Health’ aspect of Health and Safety and began to invest in employee wellbeing practices. In 2019, we applied for the KeepWell Mark as it linked our employee wellbeing aims to a structured programme. We were delighted to be the first company to receive the award in Co. Kerry in November 2019 and look forward to continuing employee wellbeing in 2020/2021 and beyond. 

The Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland. We are committed to protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation and pollution. 

Likewise, we are committed to improving our workplace wellbeing practices for all our employees and for this reason the EPA applied for and were awarded the ‘The KeepWell Mark’ accreditation.  This evidence-based accreditation, with health and wellbeing standards, allows the EPA to benchmark against other organisations and maintain the standards, through the promotion of health and wellbeing in our workplace, which will ultimately help our employees realise their full potential. 


Ervia is the commercial semi-state multi-utility company responsible for the delivery of Ireland’s national gas and water infrastructure and services. 

Through our regulated business, Gas Networks Ireland, we build and operate one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world. We are responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ireland’s water and wastewater assets through our other regulated business Irish Water. We also provide dark fibre broadband infrastructure through our business Aurora Telecom. 


Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927. With a holding of 95%, ESB is majority owned by the Irish Government with the remaining 5% held by the trustees of an Employee Share Ownership Plan.  

As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, ESB extracts further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and more. 

ESB is a leading Irish utility focused on providing excellent customer service and maintaining our financial strength. We have a regulated asset base of approximately €9 billion with 43% of electricity generation capacity in the all-island market. We currently supply electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers throughout the island of Ireland. ESB Group employs approximately 8,000 people. 

Our mission is to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers and our vision is to be Ireland’s foremost energy company competing successfully in the all-island market. 


Expleo is Ireland’s leading quality partner for end-to-end digital transformation. We help businesses to harness unrelenting technological change to successfully deliver innovations that will help them gain a competitive advantage. From concept to delivery, our personable people combine the agility, creativity, and proactivity you need to transform your business, with the reliability of experience, knowledge, and best practices specific to your industry. 


Since inception in 1981, Fexco has invested in technology to develop and deliver the best solutions to meet customer needs.  Fexco processes upwards of €14bn in transactions per annum across FX, treasury, digital tax and government-backed financing sectors. Fexco has developed deep expertise in governance and risk management, as well as lasting relationships with international financial institutions and banks. 

Fexco has developed an unmatched capability in building, operating and supporting the delivery of complex mission critical technology platforms for both our own Fexco products and those of our partners.  We bring the same rigorous methodology and management focus to all of our projects leveraging our in-house architecture, design, software development and IT infrastructure. 


Fidelity International offers investment solutions and services and retirement expertise to more than 2.5 million customers globally. As a privately held, purpose-driven company with a 50-year heritage, we think generationally and invest for the long term. Operating in more than 25 countries and with $706.3 billion in total assets, our clients range from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals.  

Our Workplace & Personal Financial Health business provides individuals, advisers and employers with access to world-class investment choices, third-party solutions, administration services and pension guidance. Together with our Investment Solutions & Services business, we invest $471billion on behalf of our clients. By combining our asset management expertise with our solutions for workplace and personal investing, we work together to build better financial futures. Data as at 31 December 2020. Read more at fidelityinternational.com 


With 30 years’ industry experience and today’s market leader, we know a thing or two about the oil business. But while we know our products and their quality inside out, that’s not what drives our success. 

Today more than 7,000 food industry businesses across Ireland, from local independents to multi-national brands, trust us to deliver quality and service, week in, week out. 

With 30 years industry experience and todays market leader, we know a thing or two about the oil business. But while we know our products and their quality inside out, that’s not what drives our success. Building the business around our customers, Eamon went further to develop and deliver a ground breaking complete supply and waste collection service that is now the first choice for more than 60% of the food industry in the island of Ireland. 

Frylite: Making Sure Freshness, Quality and Value are all on the Menu. 

Before 1988, the vegetable oil supply industry can only be described as poor, products were inferior and customers were indifferent. Eamon McCay saw all of those challenges as opportunities to create a brand new, complete oil management system that was ground-braking in its simplicity. Putting the customer at the heart of the business, Frylite set out to challenge accepted practice and improve service with new ideas and innovative technology. Today, that commitment to and investment in innovating for our customers continues and Frylite is well-known as the industry leader across the island of Ireland. 

Galway & Roscommon ETB

Galway and Roscommon ETB provides a wide range of education services across Galway and Roscommon. We cater for a diverse population with different educational, social and cultural needs. We provide educational services to a population of over 324,000 (CSO 2016). These services include community national schools, post-primary schools, further education and training, and community based education programmes and training. GRETB runs and manages Petersburg Outdoor Education & Training Centre, an Education Unit in Castlerea Prison and an Education Centre for refugees in Ballaghaderreen. Galway and Roscommon ETB is the lead partner for three Music Generation projects (County Galway, Galway City and Roscommon) which are being rolled out in the region. In accordance with the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, we are also responsible for supporting the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in counties Galway and Roscommon.  

Galway and Roscommon ETB is the second largest ETB in the country, in terms of geographical area, and includes three islands. County Galway has the single largest and most populous Gaeltacht area in the country. Promoting Gaeilge is an essential element of GRETB’s core service. We have eight Coláistí lán-Ghaeilge and a number of our Further Education and Training centres in Connemara also operate through Irish. 

GE Healthcare Ireland Limited

GE Healthcare Ireland Limited manufactures and distributes X-ray and MRI Contrast Media for internal and external customers worldwide. As part of the Pharmaceutical Diagnostics (PDx) business of GE Healthcare, we support the PDx vision of being the best in class supply chain delivering the right dose to the right patient at the right time. Here at our campus at Carrigtohill, Co. Cork, we employ 610 staff and are a 24/7 operation exporting to 93 markets worldwide. Every second of every day, 365 days a year, a patient is diagnosed with the help of our products through procedures such as X-Ray and MRI. We are a modern, agile, cost competitive team delivering to the highest standards of safety, quality and compliance to patients around the world and are on a transformation journey to double our capacity over the next 5 years. We improve lives in the moments that matter… 

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California. 

Global Shares

Global Shares manages employee stock plans for some of the world’s biggest companies.  

With headquarters in Clonakilty, offices in Cork City and 14 international locations worldwide, its team of 460 employees and award-winning fintech solution helps companies harness the power of employee ownership. It exports to 100+ countries worldwide.  

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) 

We are the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and our role is to protect and enhance public and animal health by regulating medicines, medical devices and other health products. It is also our role to monitor the safety of cosmetics. 

We are a state agency that puts the health of people and animals at the core of everything we do. We use our scientific and clinical expertise to review and monitor health products available in Ireland or exported abroad. Our aim is to make sure that health products we regulate are as safe as possible and do what they are intended to do.  

Formerly known as Irish Medicines Board (IMB), we became the HPRA in July 2014. Our new name better reflects our broader remit and regulatory functions which have expanded over a number of years to include: 

  • Human medicines 
  • Veterinary medicines 
  • Clinical trials 
  • Medical devices 
  • Controlled drugs 
  • Blood and blood components 
  • Tissues and cells 
  • Cosmetic products 
  • The protection of animals used for scientific purposes 
  • Organs intended for transplantation 

The HPRA functions matrix outlines all of our key functions for each of the products / areas we regulate. Additionally, the video below provides an overview of our work.

HEAnet & EduCampus

HEAnet is Ireland’s National Education and Research Network (www.heanet.ie). 

HEAnet CLG, Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, was incorporated in November 1997 and provides Internet connectivity and associated ICT services to education and research organisations throughout Ireland, including all primary and post-primary schools. We deliver high-speed internet connectivity and IT shared services to all levels of the Irish education sector. 

EduCampus Services was set up in April 2015 by the Higher Education Authority as a subsidiary company of HEAnet CLG. EduCampus’ mission is to deliver top class IT shared services. Our objective is to deliver value for money through efficiencies at multiple levels, including economies of scale, aggregated demand, and synergies with our parent company, HEAnet CLG.

The Irish education sector, encompassing approximately 210,000 students and staff at third level and approximately 900,000 students and staff at first and second level. HEAnet connects these Irish learners and researchers to the Internet, online educational resources, and to peer educational and research networks in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.  Over one million students, researchers and staff relying on our national education network every day. 

Our vision is enabling Ireland’s digital ambition. Our mission is delivering common, repeatable, shareable solutions for all of education. Our core values are positive impact; future focused; empowered decision making; enjoy it; equality & fairness and we share. 

Henry J Lyons Architects 

Henry J Lyons is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading architectural practices. We design and deliver innovative, award-winning projects across multiple sectors. Over the past 100 years, the practice has gained an in-depth working knowledge of many building types and how to deliver them. Workplace, retail, cultural, hospitality, educational and residential buildings, often in mixed-use developments and complex urban contexts, form the cornerstones of our output. To achieve the best project outcomes possible, we encourage knowledge sharing between our specialist sector design teams and between our studios. We have over 300 dedicated and talented staff members located in Dublin and Cork. Our studios are defined by strong teams, an experienced network, versatile capabilities and proven process. 

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