MUNICH – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has secured further international backing for its Sustainability Charter with four national associations from Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and Russia signing up to the initiative, which calls for good corporate citizenship and environmental responsibility among its member associations.

Nearly 75 per cent of the EOG membership has now signed up to the charter – including every individual member of the Scandinavian Outdoor Group.  The aim is to achieve 100 per cent support by the end of the year.

At its annual assembly meeting in Munich ahead of the on-going ISPO exhibition which opened today, the EOG also confirmed it has allocated more resources to a portfolio of CSR and sustainability projects. These include work on the issue of textile microfibres, on-going support for a project to develop an industrial pilot plant for the chemical recycling of polyester using microwaves and an initiative to remove single-use plastics from the outdoor industry supply chain.

“Following the path that is outlined in the charter demonstrates a genuine commitment to real and substantial action in the move towards a more sustainable and responsible industry,” said newly confirmed EOG General Secretary, Arne Strate. “The fact that the vast majority of EOG members have now agreed to support the charter highlights our sector’s determination to lead in this area, for its own sake and for society as a whole.”

Strate’s predecessor Mark Held was formerly unveiled as the new EOG president at a press conference earlier today. 

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