The Advocacy Committee identifies key international trade issues that
affect the ability of San Diego companies to trade freely and fairly
around the world, and then formulates positions and actions for the
WTCSD to pursue.
Any Member of the WTCSD may be a member of the Advocacy Committee. All
Members of the WTCSD are encouraged to attend meetings of the Advocacy
Committee. Any Member of the WTCSD may present an issue for the Advocacy
Committee to consider. The Advocacy Committee review all issues
presented by Members either at their meetings or electronically. The
Committee meets at least four times each year.
It may select particular issues of importance, may form teams to focus
on those issues, may select from their ranks a leader for each team, and
may make recommendations to the Board of the WTCSD for a position and
actions to be taken.
On 7/23/08 the WTCSD Board of Directors granted the Advocacy Committee
authority to draft position letters for the President to sign and Staff
to distribute and communicate to the media and civic leaders regarding
key issues related to international trade, providing at least 48 hours
notice in writing to the Executive Committee of actions to be taken.
Approval from the Executive Committee is not required for these actions,
position letters and communications.
If an issue arises that falls outside the guidelines adopted, the
WTCSD's Board of Directors provides direction on the issue to the
Advocacy Committee. These guidelines should be used as a tool to
evaluate issues, and not be viewed as requirements. The guidelines will
not apply in every situation, and the Board and Advocacy Committee
should review each issue on a case-by-case basis.