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Top 100 Companies Leading In Wellbeing 2024|Business & Finance in partnership with Ibec — Part 2

By Business & Finance
25 April 2024

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 celebrate the work our partners Ibec are doing to place employee wellbeing at the top of a company’s priority list and Ibec’s Leading in Wellbeing 100 Index recognises the companies who are successfully doing that. Businesses know that the wellness of the entire team plays a core part of a business strategy to cultivate a healthy and rewarding working environment which is crucial for business and employee development”, said Ian Hyland, Publisher, Business & Finance.

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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 2023 of €403m and current staff numbers of approximately 2,650. 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, Civil Defence, Coastal Management, Flood Protection and Library Services.

In 2020, Cork County Council became a first-time achiever in its field, 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 KeepWell Mark in November of 2020 and reaccredited in 2022 due to the dedicated efforts to promote health and wellbeing as part of the Safety Management System. Our staff health promotion and wellbeing section has been expanded in our efforts to continually improve our wellbeing program and we recently launched our 3-year wellbeing strategy.

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, financial advisory, taxation, corporate finance and consulting services for almost 50 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.

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 International is one of the world’s leading associations of independent accounting, legal, tax and business advisory firms.  

Dalata Hotel Group

Dalata Hotel Group was founded in August 2007 and listed as a PLC in March 2014.

Delivering the kind of memorable hospitality we’re known for has made Dalata Ireland’s largest hotel operator, with a fast-growing presence in the UK and continental Europe.

We bring our special touch to 53 hotels, welcoming guests to over 11,000 rooms and with plans underway for another 1,548 in the coming months and years.Dalata’s commitment to being the heart of hospitality has created Ireland’s largest hotel brands, Clayton Hotels and Maldron Hotels.

Ours is a culture of integrity, fairness and inclusion. We’re a company where people can flourish and have the opportunity to develop their talents, be recognised and rewarded and pursue a fulfilling career.

We strive for success, are enthusiastic about what we do, and take responsibility for doing things right.


DeCare, Ireland’s sole specialist dental, vision, and wellness benefits provider, has been serving a global customer base in Ireland and the United States for over 25 years. Their talented team delivers specialised products and services that have enabled over 600 Irish companies to enhance employee oral and optical health by reducing costs and increasing awareness. Globally, DeCare Dental is a trusted brand, administering dental benefits for over 50 years and supporting 10 million dental members worldwide. As a subsidiary of Anthem, the largest U.S. health benefits provider, DeCare combines global strength with local expertise in Ireland. They offer dental and vision insurance plans to suit various budgets, emphasising regular dental visits and eye health detection. DeCare’s wellness programs further contribute to overall health and wellbeing.
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Dublin Bus (Bus Átha Cliath)

Bus Átha Cliath is the largest public transport provider in Ireland. In 2023 we delivered approximately 146.6 million customer journeys across Dublin’s bus network. We have a fleet of over 1,000 buses, including ten 24-hour routes and thirteen Nitelinks. We employed an average 3,940 people in 2023, 3,039 of which were bus drivers. Our employees represent 85 different countries. As Ireland’s largest public transport provider, our purpose is to deliver high quality public transport services which meet the needs of customers, support the economic growth of our city, and also meet our social and environmental aspirations which are representative of a progressive European capital city. We embrace and respect diversity among our employees and are committed to providing a fulfilling employment experience. We cherish our ability to connect communities and help people to fully participate in society. Our employees and customers are embedded in the community and our values reflect this.

Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon Community provides services to more than 6,000 people in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services range from outreach support for people who are rough sleeping, emergency accommodation, treatment, counselling & recovery services for people experiencing addiction issues, long-term supported accommodation, independent housing units, tenancy support & homelessness prevention services, resettlement services for people moving out of homelessness and into a home of their own and education & employability services.

With almost 500 full-time employees, volunteer programmes, student placements, and Community Employment projects the organisation strongly believes that their staff are their greatest strength and asset.

The organisation has the strategic aim of “ensuring the workplace supports staff wellbeing so that they can feel and perform at their best while doing life-changing work that brings the organisational mission, values, and strategic plan to life”.


EJ is the leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecoms and utility networks worldwide. Our technical expertise allows us to produce a range of innovative, high quality and durable products in fabricated steel, composite and ductile iron in compliance with the highest industry standards.


People come first at Elavon. Our payments experts deliver tailored and reliable solutions to power the payments of our customers, inspiring them to reach their goals and potential. Together we are stronger, overcoming challenges and connecting your business with a world of customers.

We’re a top five acquirer in both Europe and the USA, employing 4,000 people across United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Norway, with over 1.3 million customers worldwide. Our single international processing platform makes it easier for you to do business across the globe and it’s proven to be one of the industry’s most reliable, with typically 99.999% of continuous ‘up-time’.

At Elavon, we’re committed to supporting our employees and communities year-round through volunteering, mentoring, and being an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We focus on what matters most – our people – and dedicate ourselves to creating meaningful change while achieving our full potential as an organisation.

We’ve also been recognised as a Top 100 Company for wellbeing for instilling a best practice approach to wellbeing and creating a lasting impact on our employees and on the business community.

Electricity Supply Board (ESB)

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.

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.

Exyte Northern Europe Limited

Exyte is a global leader in design, engineering and delivery of facilities for high-tech industries. Exyte has operated in Ireland and Northern Ireland since 2000, applying global expertise, technology and engineering excellence to deliver some of the area’s most advanced manufacturing plants, life science and data centre projects. 


Fexco started as a Foreign Exchange business in 1981. Over the years, as regulations, customer needs and technologies changed, Fexco has continued to evolve and has expanded across the globe. New businesses and, in some cases, new industries have been created by Fexco, using technology to solve problems in the payments sector across cash, card and digital channels.

Today, Fexco uses proprietary technology and digital platforms to deliver better and faster solutions for partners and customers, particularly in payments, business services and sustainability related industries. Fexco processes over $34bn in transactions annually, employing more than 2,600 people over 29 countries, with the largest percentage employed in Killorglin, Co. Kerry.

Freudenberg Medical

Freudenberg Medical is a global partner for the design, development and manufacture of medical devices, components, and minimally invasive product solutions.

Our comprehensive technical capabilities range from the design and manufacture of minimally invasive, catheter, and handheld technology to the development and production of medical components utilizing advanced materials and processes. We are an industry leader in the manufacture of high precision silicone and thermoplastic components and tubing as well as metal hypotubes and coating technology.

Freudenberg Medical is part of the Freudenberg Group, a global technology group. As an organization, we ensure that every project is supported by our unmatched range of global resources, financial stability, and the flexibility to optimize for business performance.


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 multinational brands, trust us to deliver quality and service, week in, week out. 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.

Building the business around our customers, Eamon went further to develop and deliver a groundbreaking 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.

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

GE Healthcare Ireland Limited manufactures injectable diagnostic imaging agents (contrast media) used in Xray and Computed Tomography (CT) procedures around the world. Every second of every day, 365 days a year, our products are used to enhance visualization of organs, blood vessels and tissues across many disease pathways.

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 patientat the right time.

Here at our campus at Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, we employ 765 staff and are a 24/7 operation exporting to 93 markets worldwide. We are a modern, agile, cost competitive team delivering to the highest standards of safety, quality and compliance for patients around the world and are on a transformative journey to double our capacity over the next 5 years. We improve lives in the moments that matter.

Gilead Sciences

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. Since opening its first office in Ireland in 1999, Gilead’s footprint has grown to include four sites employing some 550 people – its biggest presence in the EU. To date, Gilead’s capital investment in Ireland has amounted to €250 million and at the heart of this presence is the global manufacturing facility in Carrigtwohill, County Cork, which is responsible for 25% of the company’s global solid oral drug production. Most recently, a new Dublin office is home to a Global Development organisation focussed specifically on the management of the company’s paediatric clinical programmes.


Glenveagh is a leading Irish homebuilder. Supported by innovation and supply chain integration, Glenveagh is committed to opening access to sustainable, high-quality homes to as many people as possible in flourishing communities across Ireland. We are focused on three core markets – suburban housing, urban apartments and partnerships with local authorities and state agencies. Supported by our values of Collaborative, Can Do, Safety First, Customer Focused and Innovative, we provide opportunities for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in a dynamic and rapidly expanding company.

Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

We are the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), and we regulate medicines and devices for the benefit of people and animals. We are committed to excellence in health product regulation through science, collaboration and innovation. Our remit and regulatory functions include human and veterinary medicines, clinical trials, medical devices, controlled drugs, blood and blood components, tissues and cells, and cosmetic products.

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.

HEAnet & EduCampus

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. HEAnet’s vision is enabling Ireland’s digital ambition and its mission is delivering common, repeatable, shareable solutions for all of education. EduCampus Services was set up in April 2015 by the Higher Education Authority as a subsidiary company of HEAnet CLG. EduCampus’ vision is to empower higher education through quality IT shared services. It is an education sector shared service that provides business critical ICT application services and Management Information Systems (MIS) systems to the Higher Education and Research sectors in Ireland. Together, HEAnet and EduCampus form the HEAnet Group.

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.


Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is the national authority for thoroughbred racing in Ireland, with responsibility for the governance, development and promotion of the industry under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001. At HRI, our vision is to ensure Ireland will be the global leader in Horse Racing and Breeding, sustaining a vibrant and rural industry. Our mission is to develop and promote Ireland’s Horse Racing and Breeding industries to administer and govern the sport of Horse Racing in Ireland, to cultivate and promote the highest standards of integrity and welfare. Success of our Mission, Vision and Purpose is heavily dependent on the success of our people and our teams at HRI.

In May 2021, Horse Racing Ireland launched the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAP is a confidential programme available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that provides all employees and their families with immediate help and support in managing whatever work or personal issues they are facing. It also offers a wellbeing series which delivers high-quality, expert-led health and wellbeing events throughout the year.

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail (IÉ)

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail (IÉ) is Ireland’s national railway company and is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), the publicly owned transport company of Ireland, along with sister companies Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus. IÉ’s role is to provide rail transport in the State of Ireland and to/from Belfast in partnership with Translink. The rail services provided are Intercity, Commuter, DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit), inter-regional and freight with the Company also operating Rosslare Europort. IÉ has an ambitious vision for ‘rail as the backbone of a sustainable transport system for Ireland’. A key objective of the strategy, Rail 2050, is cultivating a workforce that is not only diverse but also prioritises health, wellbeing, and inclusivity. Recently achieving the Keep Well Mark accreditation is moving us forward on this pathway.


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.

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