The EUROPEAN OUTDOOR CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (EOCA) is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about. Since EOCA launched its Sustaining Membership programme in 2015, a core group of outdoor industry companies have stepped up to provide ongoing finance to support the association’s core costs.
Sustaining Members pledge their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year over and above their annual membership fee. This vital support enables 100% of membership fees donated by members to go directly to funding conservation work.
It also provides the entire outdoor industry with a unique way to give back to nature, enabling businesses to work together to play their part in addressing the urgent issues of climate change and biodiversity loss.
EOCA has successfully multiplied the impact of the Sustaining Members’ donations by using the funding to enable it to engage with increasing numbers of members. In 2021, EOCA turned this funding into a commitment of €665,000 for conservation projects – raised from membership fees, Summit Memberships and further fundraising efforts thanks to all of its members.
The association has announced its 2022 Sustaining Members as Messe München (ISPO and OutDoor by ISPO), Pertex, Keen Footwear, Nikwax, The North Face, Stanley, a brand of PMI, and the European Outdoor Group. Some have continued this high level of investment since 2015 whilst others have joined the programme more recently.
Emily Cichy, Corporate Responsibility Director at Stanley, said, “Stanley is honored to join our industry partners in becoming Sustaining Members of the European Outdoor Conservation Association. We have proudly partnered with EOCA for many years through funding and Board membership. We take this important next step to ensure that the world’s wild places thrive for generations to come.”
Catherine Savidge, General Manager at EOCA, added, ‘We are very grateful to EOCA’s Sustaining Members, who recognise that meaningful conservation costs time, money and dedication. Their investment enables EOCA to offer a unique service to the entire industry, ensuring the European outdoor sector plays its part in addressing the threats of biodiversity loss and climate change.’