POLYAS Election Glossary

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Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of commerce are associations of businesses which exist to influence and lobby government on issues impacting on business. Key policy areas in which chambers of commerce are concerned include:

  • Global trade
  • Industrial relations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Workforce education and training
  • Business taxation and regulation

Chambers of commerce generally operate under a multi-level membership structure, with state, regional and/or local chambers being members of national chambers of commerce along with individual businesses.

The policy direction and overall governance of chambers is the responsibility of a governing board, typically known as a board of directors. These boards are elected regularly from within the membership base of the chamber, usually at the chamber’s annual general meeting.

Owing to the fact that chambers of commerce operate across vast areas such as regions or nations, online voting presents a great opportunity to increase voter turnout in chamber elections. By doing so, boards of directors in chambers can increase their democratic mandate to run their organizations on behalf of all members.


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