National associations line up to support the EOG Sustainability Charter

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has confirmed that two more national associations have adopted its Sustainability Charter.  The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) have both pledged their support to the charter, making the commitment to pursue best practice in corporate citizenship, responsibility and sustainability.

Pamela Ravasio comments: “The support of the Outdoor Industries Association and Outdoor Sports Valley is a clear sign that the Sustainability Charter is gaining excellent momentum across Europe.  We welcome the support of both associations and will work closely with them to help their members follow the steps towards a more sustainable future for the sector that are outlined in the charter.”

Andrew Denton, CEO of the Outdoor Industries Association, adds: “As a national trade association we have a huge amount to cover on behalf of the UK outdoor industry, with limited resources of our own. For that reason, we rely heavily on our partners the European Outdoor Group, nowhere more than in matters of sustainability.  Their expertise and experience with Dr Pamela Ravasio and the extended team is an incredible resource for us to call on.  We are therefore delighted to be an early signatory to the ‘Sustainability Charter’ – it will help us, our members and our industry remain at the forefront of something vital to us all as users and custodians of the outdoor environment.”

Anne Schott, executive director of Outdoor Sports Valley, adds: “OSV established sustainability as a core value from the very beginning.  Sustainability influences the decisions we make on behalf of our member companies.  As an organisation that serves to unite stakeholders around a common set of goals, we are proud to act as part of this broader movement to create a more sustainable and responsible outdoor industry.”

Launched in 2016, the EOG Sustainability Charter was developed by the association’s CSR and Sustainability Council, in partnership with key external stakeholder.  The project was led by Dr. Pamela Ravasio, EOG head of CSR and sustainability, working with her colleague Dr. Katy Stevens.  Companies and other organisations that sign up to the voluntary charter do so to express support for the importance of the EOG’s work in sustainability, and to back the efforts and resources that are committed to that. 

Signatories align themselves to a shared agenda at a senior level and commit to pursuing a more sustainable future for all.  Crucially, the EOG Sustainability Charter does not set out to be prescriptive, but provides a framework and articulates strategic stages on a journey towards key sustainability objectives for the outdoor sector.  News that the OIA and OSV have adopted the charter follows last month’s announcement that the Scandinavian Outdoor Group has made the same commitment.