Lobbying and lobbyists have come in for considerable criticism over the last few years, and in some cases that criticism has been entirely justified.
At CLC we believe that in an open, democratic society there is an entirely legitimate and proper role for lobbying as a channel of communication between government and the governed. Honestly and transparently undertaken, presenting a reasoned case for a client enables governments and institutions to take account of matters that it might have overlooked in formulating policy on a particular issue. Lobbying is about communication, not about attempting to buy influence.
“Lobbyists are like bus drivers: they transport different interests – between civil society, businesses and policymakers. As professionals, they must self-regulate and comply with the highest professional and ethical standards. As they are carrying different interests on behalf of others, transparency is what make them reliable and gives assurance that interests will arrive at destination without taking any detour, getting lost or worse. Bus drivers carry a responsibility that goes beyond their own interests or those of the people they are transporting.”