At The Convention Centre Dublin we live our value, 'we care about making a difference', by making choices about how we operate to ensure that we make a positive impact on our local community and the world around us.
As members of the Dublin Docklands Business Forum, giving something back to the local community is particularly important to us, and we strive to support various local causes and initiatives where possible.
This includes using local companies to provide design, print, and digital marketing services and using a range of Irish producers to supply our food and beverage requirements. This not only supports indigenous business, but also has a positive impact on the environment.
Where we can, we also help third party organisations utilise the iconic profile of our building to help build awareness for their charity or campaign. In view of this we have joined other prolific buildings around the world by lighting up our signature ring beams for various awareness days including Daffodil Day, Ovarian Cancer Day, World Aid’s Day and the Dublin Pride Festival.
In 2010 The CCD reached out to local schools in the Docklands and East Wall area and invited them to participate in the Time Capsule project. The theme was based on life in the Docklands/Dublin in 2010. Submissions included stories, photos, drawings and craftwork. Many schools asked the pupils to predict what they will be doing or what life may be like in 2035. Students hoped for a job and a happy family and some of the younger students wanted to be professional sports players – soccer, rugby and boxing. Some predictions about life included innovative new technologies such as a transportation pod using mind control, flying shoes, magnetic cars and pilotless planes that fly using computer technology only. The final contents added to the Time Capsule included a photo of the group attending the event, the day's Irish Times and a special note from Minister Mary Hanafin.
During the construction phase of The CCD, a special Time Capsule chamber was constructed below the ground just outside the front of the building to the Westside. This chamber is sealed by a manhole cover, which includes a plaque to visibly mark the site. The capsule will be sealed until November 2035, to mark the 25 year Public Private Partnership agreement between The Irish Government and Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin DAC.
The participating schools were Marino College, Ringsend Technical Institute, Star of the Sea Boys National School, St. Brigid’s Primary School, St. Laurence O’Toole Junior Boys School, St. Mary’s Boys National School, St. Patrick’s Boys National School and St. Patrick’s Girls National School.