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Leading in Wellbeing Top 100 Companies 2021 – Business & Finance, in partnership with Ibec, launches Index – Part 3

By Business & Finance
22 April 2021

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

Hilton Foods 

Hilton Food Group’s strategy is to support our customers’ brands and their development in local markets, leading to sustainable growth. This clear and straightforward approach has generated great success and built us a strong reputation for transparency, honesty and agile thinking, backed up with modern and well-invested facilities. 

What we deliver for our partner is determined by their commercial agenda and their competitive pressures. We dedicate ourselves to fully understanding both. 

We then design an entire operation and supply chain around their needs and priorities. 

Through our service model (the people and the processes we set up), we aim to meet the needs of our partners’ culture, structure and operational requirements. In other words, what we do and what we deliver is designed around them. 

We focus on their specific consumers and on the trends that impact their needs and preferences. 

IE Domain Registry CLG, t/a .IE

.IE operates Ireland’s national registry for all Internet addresses ending in .ie. Our purpose is to engage and empower people, communities and businesses across Ireland to thrive online. Good governance is evidenced in our policy development process for the .ie namespace, which follows a bottom-up, consensus-driven approach through a multi-stakeholder Policy Advisory Committee. We work with and support SME organisations to improve their members online presence and e-commerce capabilities so they can unlock the power of the Internet to boost sales to local consumers.  

The ccTLD registry is managed by .IE in the interests of the Local Internet Community. There are almost 320,000 registered .ie domains, which are securely managed by the company’s accredited registrars. For more information about .IE, visit us here at  

We celebrate diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunities workplace.  We are committed to fostering a culture with a strong emphasis on life/work balance, with health & well-being at the heart of our employee agenda, and at the core of the foundational principles of our business. We encourage teams and leaders to bring their best each day, embracing a growth mind-set, inspiring excellence and innovation. Ours is a people centred culture in a digital age. 


Indaver leads the field in sustainable waste management in Europe. Our trademark is delivering high quality, cost effective services in the municipal, industrial and specialist hazardous waste markets. We offer Total Waste Management and Waste-to-Energy solutions. Our Waste-to-energy facility in Meath produces electricity to power more than 22,000 homes annually. A new waste-to-energy (WtE) facility is currently under construction in Aberdeen, while work continues to develop other WtE facilities in Ireland and the UK. Our Total waste management is a critical service to the BioPharmChem industry in the region, where we work in partnership with the main players in this field. We take a long-term view, which is why sustainability is at the core of our business and most importantly our company culture. This sustainability culture applies to the care taken with our employees in order to provide them with a more sustainable future.    

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same. 


Integra LifeSciences, a world leader in medical technology with more than 4,500 people worldwide, is dedicated to limiting uncertainty for surgeons so they can concentrate on providing the best patient care. Integra offers innovative solutions in orthopaedic extremity surgery, neurosurgery, reconstructive and general surgery. Our manufacturing plant in Tullamore opened in 2006 and currently employs approx. 100 people and is engaged in the manufacture of equipment used in neurosurgery. Integra’s key neurosurgery products, the market leading range of CUSA Ultrasonic Tissue Ablation consoles and handpieces, are manufactured in Tullamore and distributed to customers worldwide. 

Irish Aviation Authority

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi-state company employing over 700 people at six locations around Ireland. The IAA has two main functions: the regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland and the provision of air traffic management and related services in Irish controlled airspace.  

The IAA is currently undergoing a process of structural change. Air navigation service provision (including air traffic control) will be separated out as a stand-alone entity, and the Commission for Aviation Regulation will be merged with the IAA. Peter Kearney will continue as CEO of the Air Navigation Service Provider, and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile has been appointed Aviation Regulator / CEO of the reconstituted IAA, which will be the overall sectoral regulator with responsibility for safety and security, as well as the economic regulation (incl. Dublin Airport charges), consumer protection and licensing / supervision of the travel trade.  

Irish Country Meats

Irish Country Meats is Europe’s leading lamb processor with a reputation for product quality and innovation in all the markets we serve. With modern production facilities in Camolin, Co. Wexford, Navan, Co. Meath and Liège, Belgium we have a market reach covering Europe and further afield.   Currently servicing over 30 markets worldwide, the company works in close partnership with our customer base to deliver unrivalled expertise in direct livestock procurement, quality lamb production, cold chain management, processing efficiency and after-sales service.  

From farm to fork, we invest in the standards, processes, training, product development and delivery methods necessary to meet our objective – to be the best at what we do.  Our partnership approach coupled with our specialisation, promotes the sharing of information in an open and constructive manner resulting in a more customer focused, cost effective delivery of product in a dynamic and competitive marketplace. We produce and market a full range of sheepmeat products from traditional carcase to innovative ready to cook and formulated lamb products.  Ongoing capital investment in our production facilities has underpinned the company commitment to the highest standards of production and the evolution of our business model.  

We are an industry leader in Ireland in driving the sustainability agenda with our company being among the founding verified members of the Bord Bia Origin Green programme in 2013. 

Our most valuable asset is our people and continuous investment in our talent pool ensures we have the skillset to match our ambitions. 

Irish Music Rights Organisation

IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music in on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers, and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it.  IMRO´s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. With a global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work. 

Irish Wheelchair Association  

Irish Wheelchair Association has a vision of an Ireland where people with disabilities enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities in how they live their lives, and where our country is a model worldwide for a truly inclusive society. Irish Wheelchair Association works with, and on behalf of, people with physical disabilities to drive positive change in Ireland through the influencing of public policy, the provision of quality services and enabling accessibility to all aspects of society. People are at the heart of everything that we do and this is enshrined in all of our values: Integrity, Excellence, Leadership, Respect, Equality, Positivity. 

John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd

John Sisk & Son (Sisk) is an innovative, international, construction and engineering business with long term vision, celebrating over 160 years in operation. Sisk employs approx. 1,700 people and is Ireland’s leading provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.    

Our values are Care, Integrity and Excellence. We take the time to talk to our people, to develop their skills and to find out what is important to them and the clients they partner with. We don’t just listen; we also incorporate what our people tell us into our strategic plans and objectives. One of our long-standing fundamental principles is to nurture the talent that we have and to attract the next generation of future leaders. Our people are our strength and so we invest heavily in their Career, their Wellbeing and their Workspaces to ensure that we harness their capabilities to design, build and sustain world class buildings & infrastructure that we can all be proud of. 

Kildare Village 

Kildare Village is home to a unique edit of 100 fashion and lifestyle boutiques offering savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round. Set in the beating heart of horse-racing country, the Village is located just an hour south-west of central Dublin and perfectly situated for routes to important tourist destinations in the region including Cork, Limerick, and Galway. A bastion of Irish talent, Kildare Village strikes an astute balance between gentle regional charm and an artful spread of homegrown and international brands. Services include Virtual Shopping, Personal Shopping, Tourist Information, a luxurious VIP Lounge, Hands-free Shopping, and Valet Parking. With a range of restaurants and cafés in the Village, guests can unwind and discover with the celebrated Irish hospitality. Learn more about Kildare Village, a member of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, at 

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd. is a global business that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes specialty pharmaceutical products and therapies. Areas of focus include autoimmune and rare diseases in specialty areas like neurology, rheumatology, nephrology, pulmonology and ophthalmology; immunotherapy and neonatal respiratory critical care therapies; analgesics and gastrointestinal products; and regenerative medicine.    

Mallinckrodt is focused on improving outcomes for underserved patients with severe and critical conditions. We have a long history of operations in Ireland, having had a presence here for over 25 years. Since 2016, we have opened new offices, a manufacturing facility and a Global Device Engineering laboratory at the College Business and Technology Park, in Blanchardstown, Dublin15.” 

Manpower Group

ManpowerGroup Global is the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organisations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for thousands of organisations every year, providing them with skilled talent while finding meaningful, sustainable employment for people across a wide range of industries and skills. 

ManpowerGroup Ireland is a subsidiary of ManpowerGroup Global, one of the worlds leading recruitment and HR services organisations. In Ireland we operate three distinct brands – Manpower (recruitment), Experis (IT,) and Right Management (Talent Development, Coaching & Outplacement). ManpowerGroup Ireland has a presence across the country, working with a wide range of organisations from smaller enterprises to multinational firms, in enhancing their workforce talent in Ireland. We put people first and make personal engagements the essence of our business.  


Since 1977, we’ve been proud to serve the Irish people with some of their favourite food. And along the way, we’ve managed not just to live history, but create it:  from the first drive-thru restaurant in Europe, to the first McCafé in Europe to our ongoing food innovation, McDonald’s has been at the forefront of serving our customers. It’s been quite the journey, and we promise this is just the beginning-we’ve got our hearts set on making more history.   

The first McDonald’s opened in Ireland on Grafton Street in May 1977 – since then, we’ve grown our business and are one of Ireland’s largest employers.     

We take seriously the responsibilities that come with being a leader. We help our customers build better communities, support Ronald McDonald House Charities, and leverage our size, scope and resources to help make the world a better place.   

Merit Medical

As a global employer, Merit Medical provides immense  opportunities  to  improve  the  well-being  of  employees  around the  world.  In 2019,  the position of Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) was added to our C-Suite. As CWO, Nicole Priest, MD,   leads Merit Medical’s wellness programs and is making a big difference in the lives of employees not just in Merit Medical Galway but around the world.  

“Helping people make positive, impactful lifestyle changes is my passion, and it’s incredibly rewarding to assume a leadership role in an organization that shares that passion. As CWO, I will ensure that Merit continues and expands its commitment to investing in employee health, well-being, and satisfaction.” 

—Nicole Priest, MD, Merit Medical CWO 

At Merit Galway our employees are embracing physical and mental wellness by participating in on-site services, such as health coaching, yoga classes, and preventative screenings for high cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Employees can also attend periodic Lunch and Learn events that present topics on weight loss and exercise. Each year Merit Galway sponsor a mental health week to bring awareness to and combat the negative stigma surrounding mental health issues. In 2019 this program had great success with involvement of over 400 employees. Our people are at the heart of everything that we do here in Merit and this is preserved not only in our ways of working but also to how we try to always bring the employee voice to the fore and be innovative in our wellness programmes. Understand. Innovate. Deliver. 


Mitie Ireland is a total facilities management company which forms part of Mitie Group, established in Ireland in 2010. Mitie have an extensive self-perform capability with extremely talented and experienced people, across the island of Ireland. The core services provided by Mitie are electrical, mechanical and fabric maintenance and repair, asset management, cleaning, industrial cleaning, security, project management, 24/7/365 service desk and consultancy services relating to sustainability/energy and workplace technology deployment. We have been proud to keep some of Ireland’s essential businesses running safely during Covid-19 and proud of our frontline heroes who have made that possible.  

We are a people business and have worked hard to create an inclusive culture which encompasses employee engagement, commitment to our clients through customer experience and doing the basics brilliantly. We have moved the dial on engagement by actively listening to our people who took the time to provide honest feedback. Our engagement programme encompasses the entire company, not just senior or middle management or front-line staff. Appropriate interventions have been made at every level which have led to ongoing incremental improvements and culture has become a topic that everyone talks about – what it means to them, what they want it to be and how to achieve that. 

Without a doubt, the key standout highlights for Mitie in 2020 has been the award of The KeepWell Mark by Ibec. This is formal acknowledgement of the work and commitment relating to employee wellbeing, mental health and culture development. 

MSD Biologics Dunboyne  

MSD Ireland is one of the country’s leading healthcare companies, having first established here over 50 years ago. 

In order to understand MSD Ireland, it’s important to get a sense of the Irish pharmaceutical industry and the pivotal role it plays in Ireland’s economy as a whole. 

  • It’s a hugely significant sector, employing over 30,000 people directly, and approximately 28,000 indirectly. 
  • 10 of the world’s largest pharma companies are based here and there are approximately 75 pharmaceutical companies located in Ireland 
  • We are the 7th largest exporter of medicinal and pharmaceutical products in the world 
  • The sector is worth €39 billion annually in exports and accounts for 50% of all exports 

We currently employ approximately 2,700 employees, across six sites in Ballydine, Co Tipperary, Brinny, Co Cork, Carlow, Dunboyne and Dublin and, in addition, operate substantial Human Health and Animal Health businesses.   

In total to date, we have invested approximately $3 billion in our Irish operations and our annual turnover ranks us as one of Ireland’s top 20 companies. 

Significantly our Irish sites manufacture approximately half of MSD’s top twenty products, saving and enhancing lives in over sixty countries around the world. 

National College of Ireland

National College of Ireland is a leading, not -for- profit, third level institution. Located in the heart of the IFSC, NCI employs 350 academic and professional staff led by President Gina Quin and Vice President Jimmy Hill.  

Director of HR, Mary Connelly, with her team, has drawn on NCI’s core values to deliver a series of initiatives over the past two years, clarifying and extending the supports available to all staff, creating online and offline community spaces for communication and shared experience, and centring wellness at the heart of NCI’s working life. Now enrolled in The KeepWell MarkTM, NCI are working to make wellbeing a strategic focus by and placing staff welfare at the centre of what we do. 

National Treasury Management Agency

The NTMA is a State body which operates with a commercial remit to provide asset and liability management services to Government. It has evolved from a single function agency managing the National Debt to a manager of a complex portfolio of public assets and liabilities. 

Businesses managed by the NTMA include:

  • borrowing for the Exchequer and management of the National Debt; 
  • the State Claims Agency; 
  • NewERA; 
  • the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund; and 
  • the National Development Finance Agency. 

The NTMA also provides staff and business support services to: 

  • the National Asset Management Agency; 
  • the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland; and 
  • Home Building Finance Ireland. 


Nestlé Ireland is a subsidiary of Nestlé SA, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Nestlé has over 70 brands across seven categories in the Irish market: beverage, confectionery, cereals, food, pet care, dairy and infant nutrition.  Its iconic brands include NESCAFÉ®, KIT KAT®, ROWNTREE’S®, CHEERIOS®, MAGGI®, SMA® as well as BAKERS® and FELIX® pet food. 

Employing over 700 people in Ireland, a fundamental part of Nestlé Ireland’s values and culture is supporting employee health and wellbeing. Enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future begins with safeguarding the safety and health of Nestlé’s employees.  

This commitment permeates all areas of the organisation creating policies and initiatives to inspire a healthy work environment through providing options to encourage employees on a path to wellness.  

At Nestlé Ireland we provide access to: 

– various forms of physical activity choices 

– health-related screenings 

– educational programming 

Together, these are the key ingredients of an engaging, happy, healthy and productive workforce at Nestlé. 

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Nua Healthcare

Nua Healthcare is one of Ireland’s leading Care Providers. They provide Residential, Supported Living, Day and Community Outreach Services to both Children and Adults with a range of complex support requirements and are proud to offer high standards of service and care. Renowned for offering some of the best facilities in the country; their residential accommodation combines modern state-of-the-art facilities with beautiful outdoor environments and their tailored day care programmes encompass a wide variety of stimulating and enjoyable activities. 

Nua Healthcare embrace the uniqueness of each individual, facilitating and supporting people to develop their own unique pace, in pursuit of a meaningful lifestyle. They work in partnership with the Service User, their family and all other relevant stakeholders, to facilitate and support optimal outcomes for the individual. Nua Healthcare facilitates and supports people who use their services to embrace and contribute to the communities in which they live. 

NUI Galway

NUI Galway (National University of Ireland Galway) has been inspiring minds since 1845 as a research-led university and is one of the oldest and largest universities in Ireland. We are an international university with global ambition, but with deep roots in Galway City and West of Ireland, which is renowned for its unique culture, creative industries, medical technologies, marine ecology and economy, and  innovation. From this unique location, we are passionate about leading the transition to a more sustainable future and we are committed to using our talents and skills to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals from multiple perspectives. 

Also, with over 19,000 students, 17% of which are international students from 122 countries, NUI Galway contributes greatly to the diversity and dynamism of Galway City and West of Ireland. We have an academic community of world-leading researchers working at the forefront of their fields and offers our students opportunities to collaborate internationally through its programmes. The University has a long-established reputation of teaching and research excellence in the Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies; Business, Public Policy and Law; Engineering and Science,  and Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences with over 2,770 staff, and 110,000 alumni network worldwide. NUI Galway is one of the largest employers in Galway and makes a significant contribution to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the city.  

NUI Galway is recognised in the top 1% Universities in the 2021 QS World University Rankings, which confirms its position among the world’s elite educational institutions in the world.  

Our vision is to be a driver of transformational change for our people, our region and our world, where our values-based culture of excellence, ambition and the wellbeing of our communities is at our core. Learn more at / 


Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown) is Ireland’s national facility for the detention of children remanded or sentenced by the courts. Located in Lusk, Co Dublin, Oberstown’s principal objective under the Children Act 2001 is to provide appropriate care, education, training and other programmes to young people between 12 and 18 years with a view to reintegrating them successfully back into their communities and society. The framework for providing these objectives is CEHOP, which focuses on providing Care, Education, Health and wellbeing interventions, Offending behaviour programmes and Preparation for leaving.

O’Connor Sutton Cornin (OCSC)

O’Connor Sutton Cronin (OCSC) is Ireland’s leading indigenous multidisciplinary Consulting Engineering Group, with  offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, London and Birmingham.  

Our success is founded on a reputation for providing award winning design creativity, excellence and cost effective solutions. Best international experience combines with local knowledge in a professional, friendly, ‘can do’ attitude.  

Increasingly, we understand that OCSC is a people business and we put people at the heart of our business.  Adopting best practice people management is therefore essential to continue the OCSC success story.   

Building on previous achievements as one of Irelands ‘Best Workplaces  2020 – Great Place to Work’ and as an a ‘Engineers Ireland CPD accredited Employer’ , OCSC recognises the importance that  Wellness will play in creating a modern progressive workplace that enables our people to be the best that they can be.    

OCSC are looking  forward to working with IBEC to achieve the Keepwell Mark.


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