Since the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) launched its Sustaining Membership programme in 2015, a distinguished group of companies have stepped up to provide ongoing finance to support the association’s core costs. This vital support enables 100% of membership fees donated by members to go directly to funding conservation work. It also provides the entire 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 is delighted to announce its 2022 Sustaining Members, some who have continued this high level of investment since 2015, and others that have joined the programme more recently, in order to help realise the continued growth of the association and its impact. EOCA’s 2022 Sustaining members are Messe München (ISPO and OutDoor by ISPO), Pertex, Keen, Nikwax, The North Face, Stanley – a brand of PMI, and the EOG.
Emily Cichy, Corporate Responsibility Director at Stanley, which joined the programme for 2022, 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 said ‘We are very grateful to EOCA’s Sustaining Members, who recognise that meaningful conservation costs time, money and dedication. These companies are showing that they believe this is a worthwhile and essential investment for the future of threatened environments around the world, on which we all and our industry depends. 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.’