Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Mallow Chamber Launch Joint Sustainability Council

Joint Chairs Colin Morehead, Vice-President of Cobh & Harbour Chamber, and Estelle Varney, President of Mallow Chamber pictured here at recent Sustainability Pathways event with guests speakers Eoghan McCarthy, Ballyhass Adventure Group, and CiarĂ¡n McGann, AIB Bank.

Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Mallow Chamber are proud to announce the formation of the first joint Sustainability Council in Ireland between any affiliated members of Chambers Ireland. This pioneering initiative aims to support their members as they transition to a carbon neutral economy, fostering a sustainable, inclusive, and thriving business community.

The newly established Council will serve as a dynamic and forward-thinking forum, providing guidance, resources, and strategic direction to businesses in the region. It aligns with the Chambers’ commitment to championing sustainability and enhancing the economic, social, and environmental well-being of their communities.

Quotes from the Joint Chairs

Colin Morehead, Vice President of Cobh & Harbour Chamber, and newly appointed Co-Chair of the Sustainability Council, stated: “Forming this joint Sustainability Council is a significant milestone in our journey towards a sustainable future. SMEs are the backbone of our economy, and it is crucial that we support them in adopting sustainable practices. This Council will provide the resources and guidance needed to help our members transition to a carbon neutral economy, ensuring they remain competitive and resilient.”

Estelle Varney, President of Mallow Chamber, and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Council, added: “We are excited to collaborate with Cobh & Harbour Chamber on this vital initiative. Our combined expertise and shared commitment to sustainability will empower our members to innovate and thrive in a low-carbon economy. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on our environment and our communities.”

Aim of the Joint Sustainability Council

The Council will be at the forefront of creating a positive, confident, and well-informed business community that works sustainably towards securing our future. Its formation and activities will be guided by a commitment to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Roles and Responsibilities

The Council will support the development of sustainability objectives for both Chambers, focusing on:

  1. Long-term Sustainability: Enhancing the long-term sustainability of the Chambers and their member businesses, ensuring continuous improvement in their roles as leading business representative organizations.
  2. Societal Cohesion and Community Development: Activating societal cohesion and fostering community development, building strong and united local communities.
  3. Monitoring and Advising on Sustainability Trends: Keeping abreast of developments, trends, and best practices in sustainability, and advising on current and emerging environmental and social trends, legislative developments, and public policy debates that may affect the Chambers’ operations, performance, and reputation.
  4. Managing Stakeholder Expectations: Understanding and managing government and stakeholder expectations regarding sustainability objectives and the Chambers’ priorities, supporting the broader communities in Cobh and Harbour, and Mallow.

Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Mallow Chamber United for a Sustainable Future

This announcement marks a significant step towards a sustainable future for businesses in Cobh, Harbour, and Mallow. Through collaboration and innovation, the joint Sustainability Council will help member businesses navigate the transition to a carbon neutral economy, ensuring their long-term success and resilience.