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Top 100 Companies Leading In Wellbeing 2023|Business & Finance in partnership with Ibec — Part 3

By Business & Finance
27 April 2023

Business & Finance, in partnership with Ibec, launches Top 100 Companies Leading In Wellbeing Index.

Business & Finance media group in partnership with Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has launched the Top 100 Companies Leading In Wellbeing Index.

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.

“We are honoured to be working with our partners Ibec to recognise the companies that place employee wellbeing at the top of their priority list. It is imperative for businesses that the wellness of the entire team plays a core part of their business strategy to cultivate a healthy and rewarding working environment which is crucial for business and employee development,” said Ian Hyland, Publisher, Business & Finance.

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.

Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec commented on the importance of the Index: 

“It’s important to recognise the efforts being made by businesses in supporting the wellbeing of their people. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria is now driving how investors evaluate companies. Mental health and overall wellbeing of employees is increasingly forming part of the measurable foundation of the ‘S’ within ESG.”

“A positive, proactive approach to the promotion of mental and physical wellbeing can lead to benefits for individuals and organisations, including improvements in productivity, employee engagement and reduced levels of absenteeism. We know that improved wellbeing has a far-reaching impact, not only for your employees, but for their families and communities too.”

KeepWell community

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.

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The full list is available to download here

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.

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 Wheelchair Association

The Irish Wheelchair Association is one of Ireland’s leading organisations for people with physical disabilities. We provide a nationwide assisted living service, community centres in every county, a fleet of accessible buses, a national parking permit and driving school service, wheelchair accessible social houses and help young people with disabilities to build employability skills and confidence.

Our flagship sports programme, IWA Sport, is the national governing body for wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and powerlifting and runs sports clubs for children and adults. Many of Ireland’s finest para-athletes started their careers with IWA Sport. 

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. 1,900 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.

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, Dublin 15.

ManpowerGroup Ireland

ManpowerGroup Global, 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 n(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.

Merit Medical

As a global employer, Merit Medical provides immense opportunities to improve the wellbeing 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, wellbeing, and satisfaction.” — Nicole Priest, MD, Merit Medical CWO.

At Merit Galway our employees are embracing physical and mental wellness by participating in onsite 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.

Milford Care Centre

Milford Care Centre is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. It was first established by the Little Company of Mary Sisters in 1928 and now provides Specialist Palliative Care Services and Older Persons Services in the Midwest.

The Board of Directors and Management Team oversee the service delivery and fundraising activities. As a voluntary organisation we work in partnership with the HSE and the Specialist Palliative Care services are currently 75% funded by the HSE. Fundraising provides an integral part of the funding required to support the delivery of vital Specialist Palliative Care services.

We rely heavily on and are extremely grateful for the generosity of the general public, who contribute to our services by donating money or running events to support the funds required to provide vital Specialist Palliative Care services. Throughout the calendar year we run key fundraising events such as the ‘Milford Care Centre 10k’, ‘Coffee Morning’, ‘Sunflower Day’ and the ‘Light Up A Memory’ events.

We pride ourselves on striving to deliver the highest quality of care across the Nursing Home, and the Specialist Palliative Care services which include Specialist Palliative Care In-Patient Unit, Specialist Palliative Out Patient Unit, Specialist Palliative Day Care and Hospice At Home (community teams working across Limerick, Clare and Tipperary).

In addition, we also deliver Older Persons Day Services. One of our greatest assets are our staff, and have over 385 staff working across the Midwest region. Every day our staff care for patients/residents and support their families during what is most likely a very vulnerable time in their lives. As an organisation we support our staff by keeping their wellbeing central.

Mitie Ireland

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.

The award of The KeepWell Mark by Ibec is formal acknowledgement of the work and commitment relating to employee wellbeing, mental health and culture development.

Munich Re Automation Solutions Limited

Munich Re Automation Solutions is the Irish subsidiary of Munich Re, Germany. We’ve been at the forefront of the digital revolution in the insurance industry for over 30 years and have grown to become one of the most successful providers of automated life insurance solutions globally and enjoys the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the market.

Today most of the world’s best-known life insurers use our digital underwriting suite of products, ALLFINANZ, to ensure underwriting consistency, improve the customer journey and accelerate the life insurance application process. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with regional offices in the USA, Australia, Singapore and Japan, we serve clients across the globe and make Munich Re Automation Solutions the natural choice technology partner for life insurers worldwide.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise the way life insurance is bought and sold, using next-generation technology to give insurers the power to grow their business profitably. Munich Re Automation Solutions actively invests in its employees and embraces the uniqueness of each individual.

We bring together expertise from different disciplines as well as cultures, nationalities, genders and different generations. Our people is our greatest asset and we understand that sometime self-care is not always easy. We are committed to supporting our employees’ health, wellbeing, and development. Augmenting quality of life and contributing to a healthier future begins today with safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our employees. 

National Cancer Registry Ireland

The National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) is a publicly appointed body, established in 1991, to  collect and classify information on all cancer cases which occur in Ireland. Our activities include — collecting information on all new cancer cases in Ireland, monitoring trends and outcomes in different cancer types, promoting the use of the information we collect in research and in the planning and management of services, and publishing an annual report on cancer statistics. Cancer registration in the Republic of Ireland by the NCRI is population-based, covering a population of 5.01 million in 2021. The NCRI is funded by the Department of Health.

The information the NCRI collects is used in research into the causes of cancer, in education and information campaigns, and in the planning of the national cancer strategy to deliver the best cancercare to the whole population. The NCRI regularly publishes reports on cancer incidence and survival and, more periodically, on prevalence and projections and has developed a diverse portfolio of research projects, many of which involve external collaboration.

The National Cancer Registry employs 46 people in its Cork based office and runs an employee wellbeing programme which is supported by the organization’s management team, ensuring employees are encouraged to embrace the concepts of wellbeing and are supported across all areas of wellness including mental health, physical activity, diet and nutrition.

National College Of Ireland


National College of Ireland is a not-for-profit, third-level institution, with 6,500 students across its key areas of human relations, business, computing, education and psychology. The College’s internationally recognised programmes are delivered full-time and part-time, and accredited through QQI. NCI also has strong relationships with many professional bodies, such as CIPD and ACCA. Responsive to the needs of employers, NCI has an award-winning Careers team and a consistently high graduate employment rate.

Taking a ‘whole-person’ approach to education, NCI nurtures a friendly and supportive atmosphere in its campus at the crossroads of the IFSC and Silicon Docklands. Cooperating closely with NCI Students’ Union and, with them, early contributors to the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP – a HEA-funded joint-initiative with QQI), the College was among the first to sign a Partnership Agreement setting out shared principles and structures to ensure students have the most successful and enjoyable time possible while at NCI.

The faculty, both full-time and associate, is drawn from academia and industry, from across the world, and combines the best of practical and theoretical expertise. There is strong collaboration between academic and non-academic staff, under the guidance of Executive Board and Governing Body, led by President Gina Quin and Vice President Jimmy Hill. The College has achieved an Athena Swan bronze award. NCI has a long tradition of social justice, which informs its mission ‘to change lives through education’. Home to the Early Learning Initiative (ELI), NCI has deep connections with Dublin’s inner-city communities.

Current Director of HR, Mary Connelly, with her team, has drawn on NCI’s core values to unroll 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. This effort to make wellbeing a strategic focus by prioritising staff welfare has won NCI The KeepWell Mark. It is deeply gratifying to NCI to be included in Ibec’s 2023 Top 100 index of companies Leading in Wellbeing.

Nestlé Development Centre, Nutrition, Askeaton

At Nestlé, we believe in the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone. Guided by this purpose, we constantly aim to push the boundaries of what’s possible with food, beverages, and nutritional health solutions.

Our people make this possible. They are behind the strength of our brands, the quality of our products and the future of our business. Their ideas and efforts push our boundaries, drive innovation and help us to continually improve, deliver and succeed.

Northern Trust

Northern Trust has serviced Irish clients since 1989, setting-up its Dublin office in 2000. Today, it is one of Ireland’s largest fund administrators and custodians, supporting sophisticated global investors across a full spectrum of asset classes and strategies.

Northern Trust in Ireland provides fund administration, global custody, depositary and middle office services to fund managers and institutional investors worldwide, including traditional and alternative asset managers, insurance companies and multinational pension funds.

Through our expertise and dedication, we transform the plans of the world’s most successful individuals, families and institutions into action so that we can help our clients reach their most ambitious goals.

Spanning decades and generations, our longevity comes from the recognition that we are more than a financial institution. We are active participants in our communities, global leaders in business and philanthropy and thoughtful architects of innovative employee benefit and support programs.

Oberstown Children Detention Campus

Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown) is Ireland’s national centre for the detention, care and education of young people aged up to 18 years referred by the courts on detention or remand orders. Established under the Children Act 2001, the Campus provides individualised care to young people through an integrated multi-professional approach that enables young people to address their offending behaviour and return successfully to society.

In line with legal requirements, Oberstown meets the needs of young people in relation to their Care, Education, Health, Offending behaviour and Preparation for leaving – the five elements of CEHOP®, the Oberstown model of care. Applying a rights-based model, set out in the Oberstown Children’s Rights Policy Framework, young people participate in decision making about their care, their lives and the Campus as a whole.

O’Connor Sutton Cronin (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 , as we transition to new ways of work.

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.

Oracle EMEA Limited

Oracle is a cloud technology company that provides organizations around the world with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies and become more effective. We also created the world’s first – and only – autonomous database to help organize and secure our customers’ data.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers higher performance, security, and cost savings. It is designed so businesses can move workloads easily from on-premises systems to the cloud, and between cloud and on-premises and other clouds. Oracle Cloud applications provide business leaders with modern applications that help them innovate, attain sustainable growth, and become more resilient.

The work we do is not only transforming the world of business–it’s helping defend governments, and advance scientific and medical research. From nonprofits to companies of all sizes, millions of people use our tools to streamline supply chains, make HR more human, quickly pivot to a new financial plan, and connect data and people around the world.

At work, we embrace diversity, encourage personal and professional growth, and celebrate a global team of passionate people developing innovative technologies that help people and companies tackle real-world problems head-on.


Ornua is a dairy co-operative which markets and sells dairy products on behalf of its members; Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers. Ornua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.5 billion and a global team of 3,000 employees and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Kerrygold Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Forto and BEO milk powders. In 2019, Kerrygold became the first Irish food brand to exceed €1 billion annual retail value.

Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products, for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world, and for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies.

Our McDonald’s

Samben ltd T/A ‘Our McDonald’s’ is made up of seven restaurants from counties Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, and Cork. Our mission statement is “Growing Better Together”; better employee experiences, better customer experiences and making our communities better. At Our McDonald’s we operate based on five core values: Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Empathy and Diversity, or H.I.R.E.D., these values guide us in everything we do at Our McDonald’s. Our passion is our people.

We are proud of many things, none more so than our people and our commitment to their happiness and their wellbeing. We believe a happy team is a productive team, we embrace the uniqueness of each individual and actively encourage them to be themselves in work, and we look to build on the team ethic in everything we do. Without a doubt, a standout highlight for Our McDonald’s in recent years has been our accreditation with The KeepWell Mark by Ibec.

This acknowledgement of our commitment to employee wellbeing recognises the importance of wellbeing at Our McDonald’s. We have always contended that above all, we are a people business. We believe a path to success across all business drivers is through workplace wellbeing and we are so proud of our commitment to this and our achievements to date.

Pfizer GBS Dublin

In 2003, Pfizer established its EMEA GBS function, Pfizer GBS Dublin, which now employs approximately 500 colleagues. Today we are the largest Strategic Financial Shared Services centre and the largest industry-based employer of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Our colleague groups such as the Sports & Social and Health & Wellbeing teams have focused on employee wellbeing through sporting, leisure and welfare activities. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group has led many initiatives that ensures all colleagues can “bring their whole selves” to work each day.

We have also developed a strong learning and development culture; colleague accreditations and qualifications include Chartered Accountants Ireland, CIMA, ACCA, Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers, the Irish Tax Institute as well as qualifications in Global Business Services. As our colleagues are our greatest asset, we are committed to keeping employee wellbeing front and centre in everything we strive to achieve.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland.

Our work supports public confidence in the quality of education and training, promotes trust in the National Framework of Qualifications and drives a culture of continuous improvement by education and training providers. We are committed to working enthusiastically and purposefully towards a vision of Ireland that offers extensive high-quality education and training opportunities, enabling learners to fulfil their potential by achieving qualifications that are valued nationally and internationally.

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is a higher education institution and the professional training body for surgery in Ireland. Founded by Charter in 1784, RCSI continues to set and support professional standards for surgical & emergency medicine training and practice in Ireland with over 560 trainees on our register in 2022/23.

The RCSI School of Medicine, the second oldest in Ireland, was founded in 1886. Today, RCSI is an innovative, research intensive, leading international health sciences university with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Nursing & Midwifery, Population Health, Postgraduate Studies (PhD, MD, MSc in research) and Healthcare Management.

Employing over 1,300 academic, research and professional staff, RCSI is home to a number of leading clinical, translational and population health research centres driving pioneering breakthroughs in human health. During the period 2017-2021 RCSI researchers published over 5,900 publications and collaborated with over 3,900 institutions. The university also has four international campuses in Bahrain, Dubai and Malaysia, as well as being the academic partner of RCSI Hospitals Group.

RCSI’s key commitment to education, research and society on a global scale is at the heart of the organisation. Recognising this, we are currently ranked in the top 50 in the world UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing in The University Impact Rankings 2022 and top 250 in the world in THE World University Rankings 2023.

With over 4,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students, those who attend RCSI are a key part of our success. As a testament to this, we were recently awarded University of the Year 2022 for Student Engagement (The Sunday Times Good University Guide).

Roche Products (Ireland) Ltd

Roche is a healthcare solutions provider dedicated to doing now what patients need next. The Irish office is located in Dublin and with employees working across access, business strategy, commercial, finance and business operations, healthcare innovation, licence to operate, medical and people and culture.

The organisation is proud to have colleagues join the team from around the world and from varied backgrounds and proud of the work we do together. Employees are networked and collaborative and united in its focus of making Ireland a better place for patients.

Roche is dedicated to supporting patients and patient groups and has provided grants, sponsorships and donations to Irish groups and organisations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients. The organisation is committed to patient groups and has built strong and lasting partnerships with organisations such as the Irish Haemophilia Society, the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association, the Marie Keating Foundation and MS Ireland.

Looking to the future and its mission of doing now what patients need next, Roche is working hard to advance the concept of ‘personalised healthcare’ – transforming lives by delivering care tailored to each individual – helping to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses more effectively.

Business & Finance Leading in Wellbeing Index 2023 (alphabetical):

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