Cork Chamber's Policy Department develops and promotes policy recommendations that create an enabling and facilitative business environment for our members. Our aim is to influence policy at both a regional and national level to ensure a business environment and economic landscape that is conducive to the operations and needs of our members.
The Policy & Research team engage in an extensive range of activities to ensure that our members’ interests are communicated to Government and key decision makers and that we deliver on key policy priorities for the Cork region.
Our policy structures provide a key mechanism through which our members can engage in the public policy process. The expertise of our business and economic representatives who participate on our policy committees strengthen our capacity to influence policy developments that benefit our members and Cork's economy.
For a full breakdown of Cork Chamber's Policy Committee activity in 2015, click here to view the Chamber's 2015 Annual Report.
The Chamber engages in a range of policy areas and represents member’s interests to government and key decision makers both locally, regionally and nationally. The Chamber’s strategy is centred on four pillars:
1. Research and Analysis
"To analyse policy areas of critical concern to the Cork region and shape the policy agenda by developing policy positions on key issues." Key policy influencing tools to support this work includes Chamber surveys and research.
2. Stakeholder Engagement
"To engage with a range of key stakeholders including businesses, national and regional government, academia and NGO's." Key policy influencing tools used by the Chamber to support this work includes Chamber participation on external committees, representation meetings with decision makers and work with the Chamber policy committees.
"To communicate research findings and Chamber policy positions to the Chamber membership, policy makers and a diverse range of stakeholders in order to generate an increased awareness of the membership's position in relation to key policy issues." Key policy influencing tools used by the Chamber to support this work includes Publications & Surveys, Formal Letters & Submissions and Press Releases & Media Campaigns.
4. Lobbying and Representation
"To actively lobby key opinion leaders and bodies who influence/advise local and national government." Key policy influencing tools used by the Chamber to support this pillar includes Government Lobbying and representation with decision makers.
In 2015, the Chamber used a variety of policy influencing tools to deliver the message on behalf of our members, including:
The Chamber takes a strategic interest in regional economic development and policy formulation across a range of areas and is supported in progressing these interests through its policy committee structures.