Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 26th February 2018

  1. Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2018 Launch Event

Chambers Ireland invites you to join us at the launch of our annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards 2018, marking the 15th anniversary of the awards which will take place later this year.

The Launch will be on Tuesday, 6th of March at the AIB Bankcentre on Merrion Road, networking from 9:30am with the event to commence at 10am sharp.

The theme of this year’s launch is “Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace” and will feature high profile speakers for a panel discussion.

Please use the #CSRAwards2018 hashtag when promoting the launch on Twitter.

To register your attendance, please send an RSVP to

The deadline to register for the Launch event is Thursday, 1st of March.

  1. Brexit – Internal Network Survey *Deadline Extended*

Following the December agreement that the UK and EU negotiating teams made “sufficient progress”, the Brexit negotiations will now move to discuss the future trading relationship, and these talks are expected to begin at some stage in March.

In advance of this, the CI team would like to hear the views of each Chamber on what the concerns of their members are, what they think the Irish Government should be pushing for as part of the negotiations and further, what you’d like to see the Government introduce ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU in March 2019.

The survey should take no more than 2-3 minutes and we would like one representative (President, Chamber Executive, Director of Policy, or whomever you see as most appropriate) from each chamber to complete it.

The survey for voicing your views on the forthcoming negotiations can be accessed by following this link:

The deadline for completion of this survey has been extended.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact our EU & International Affairs Manager Emma Kerins directly, via her email address or by her telephone number +353 1400 4303.

  1. Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) Annual Conference: The Good Friday Agreement in all its parts: safeguarding the totality of relationships

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) Annual Conference will take place on the 8th and 9th of March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk, Co. Louth, with this year’s subject being “The Good Friday Agreement in all its parts: safeguarding the totality of relationships”.

The two day conference will feature several keynote addresses addressing the Good Friday Agreement’s significance today in the context of the agreement’s forthcoming 20th Anniversary and the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

The 2018 Conference will bring together some of the people centrally involved in drafting and implementing the 1998 Agreement and the Devolution settlement for Northern Ireland, people who have since had responsibility for its implementation.

  1. Brazilian Manufacturers’ 16th International Congress of the Industries

The Brazilian Manufacturers Association of Biscuits, Pasta and Industrialized Breads & Cakes (ABIMAPI) and the Brazilian Chocolate, Cocoa, Peanuts, Candies and By-products Industry Association are holding the 16th International Industry Congress, which will take place between 5th and 7th April 2018, in Foz do Iguaçu (PR), south of Brazil.

The event will also hold an International Business Round with the participation of approximately 25 Brazilian companies, in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), and foreign buyers from various countries.

For further information, please visit:

or contact ABIMAPI: Rodrigo Iglesias,  International Director –

  1. Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce – IACC Business Delegation to Australia

In June 2018, Chamber members and other Irish businesses will be offered the chance to join an Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Business Delegation to Australia.

This opportunity will coincide with Ireland’s Test Series against Australia, to which the IACC is pleased to offer not only a preview Corporate lunch a day before each game in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney but also specially priced Corporate Hospitality options at the games themselves, in partnership with Rugby Australia.

For more information on joining the delegation, please contact the Irish Australian Chamber through their email address:

  1. Employer Disability Information – ‘WorkABLE Future 2018’ Event

Employer Disability Information, in partnership with Hays recruitment will hold the ‘WorkABLE Future 2018’ event in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 27th of March, 10am to 1pm.

The event will bring together Ireland’s leading Disability & Inclusion professionals and educate attendees on how diversity can benefit organisations and what supports are available to engage with the talent pool of individuals with disabilities.

Please find attached a promotional advert for the event – we would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate it amongst your networks and members.

If you are interested in attending the event or have any queries, please contact Seònaid Ó Murchadha, HR & Disability Project Manager at Employer Disability Information via her email

  1. InterTradeIreland Breakfast Briefings & Go2Tender

InterTradeIreland, in partnership with the Office of Government Procurement, Ibec, SFA, ISME, CIF and Chambers Ireland are delivering a series of breakfast workshops to educate and engage businesses on the island around public procurement, a market worth in the region of €12 billion per annum.

Following the first Breakfast Briefing in the series at the end of January, the next Breakfast Briefing is taking place on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at Granville Hotel, Waterford and is hosted in partnership with Waterford Chamber and is now available to register for by following this link.