An economics research institute headquartered in Germany and with an Irish branch in Galway has now been awarded the ‘Guaranteed Irish’ symbol.
The WifOR Institute, which is an independent economics research institute and think-tank, has been operating in Ireland since 2018, providing businesses, and government bodies with data and research on topics such as digitalisation, education, health, innovation and R&D, labour markets, value, and sustainability.
Led by a board of global research experts, the institute has now received the national mark as a result of its commitment to supporting local jobs, showcasing Irish provenance, and contributing to the community.
Since launching its Irish branch in Galway, WifOR has become an active member of the Galway Chamber, and has a planned partnership with NUIG which will see students of the MSc in Global Environmental Economics take up internships with WifOR’s impact analysis team.
Katrin Ostwald, of WifOR Institute, says it is an honour to receive the Guaranteed Irish symbol.
"It is our goal to support the competitiveness and sustainable growth of businesses in Ireland with actionable, meaningful research and analytics.
"By combining business and macroeconomic data, we improve the collaboration between companies, government bodies and NGOs. We also help businesses retain and attract talent through analyses that compare the external labour market, based on macroeconomic data, with a business internal HR strategy and planning requirements.”
Brid O’Connell, CEO Guaranteed Irish, says the Guaranteed Irish symbol helps consumers and businesses to identify products and services that are better choices for communities across Ireland.
"We only award the symbol to companies which provide quality jobs, support local communities and are committed to Irish provenance.”
Guaranteed Irish has a network of 600+ members nationwide across various sectors, supporting over 71,390 jobs with an annual combined turnover of €11.2 billion to the Irish economy.