Magazine article Risk Management

Risk Managers Who Want to Become Active in Legislative Advocacy on Behalf of Their Organizations Can Do the Following:

Magazine article Risk Management

Risk Managers Who Want to Become Active in Legislative Advocacy on Behalf of Their Organizations Can Do the Following:

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Learn about state/provincial and federal legislation that affects your organization's risk management programs.

This can be achieved by contacting your internal legal or government affairs department, local RIMS chapter, chambers of commerce or other business and professional groups. You can also contact the elected members of your state, provincial or federal legislatures, RIMS government affairs department in New York or the RIMS' Canadian Director of Legislative, Risk Management and Public Affairs in Ontario.

Develop your organization's policy statement on the issue of concern.

Research the issue not only from the point of view of your organization, but also consider the impact of your position on the community. Present a persuasive and well-reasoned analysis that shows the benefits to your organization and to other groups as well. Be sure to address and overcome contrary objections. Obtain the approval of upper management and your legal department before releasing any statements. You can contact RIMS government affairs department to obtain issue briefs that have already been prepared on certain risk management-related legislation to use as a basic framework for your statement.

Solicit members of the business community and others to support your position.

You can only obtain support for your organization's position if others know about it and are persuaded to actively support it. You can inform others locally and nationally through press releases; interviews with print, radio and television reporters; submitting articles to magazines; and participating in educational forums. Letter-writing campaigns are a helpful tool to inform others about a position. You should also solicit other members of your organization to participate in promoting its policies.

Lobby the legislature to implement your position.

Risk managers can work with their organization's professional lobbyists or attorneys to meet with members of the state, provincial and federal legislatures to convince them to include the organization's position in pending legislation or to create new legislation. …

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