Structure of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland
The American Chamber of Commerce is the representative body for US companies based in Ireland at both Government and industry level, and within the Irish and international media.
The American Chamber membership collectively is proactive in promoting the importance of US investment to the Irish economy throughout the year. It has excellent access to Irish and European public policy networks, opinion leaders and leading media commentators. It uses its voice to create awareness of the key issues impacting on the business performance of member companies. The Chamber keeps Irish decision makers focused on the factors contributing to the continued attractiveness of Ireland as a location for foreign direct investment.
The American Chamber is organised around its working groups addressing public policy and shared best practices in HR & Best Practice, Research & Development and Taxation. Under the Research & Development group, specially formed sub-groups address issues around Intellectual Property and Education. The Chamber’s network comprises of regional chapters with their own committee and local programme in five regions – the North West, West, Midwest, South and South East. In addition, the Chamber’s US Executive Circle provides a forum for US executives living and working in Ireland within member firms.
The American Chamber is the largest MNC business association within Ireland. Membership of the American Chamber includes US companies operating from Ireland, their strategic partners and organisations with strong bilateral trade linkages between Ireland and the United States of America. The Chamber is structured around a Board of 20 non-executive Directors supported by an Executive Team. The Chamber’s Members are located throughout Ireland and participation is at CEO & Senior Management level.
US Embassy in Ireland (through the patronage of the US Ambassador)
ECACC (the European Council of American Chambers of Commerce)
USCOC (the US Chambers of Commerce)
These organisations facilitate information sharing between other American Chambers in Europe and the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington. This, in turn, enables the Chamber to provide added value to its members through lobbying Government bodies, coordinating policy and strategy, and fostering two-way transatlantic investment between Europe and the United States.