The OIA encourages its members to be responsible when it comes to sustainability and conservation.
We are members of the European Outdoor Group, so OIA members can follow the links below for further information on these topics and get involved where possible.
European Outdoor Group
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) works in support of the outdoor sector in the areas of CSR and sustainability.
For many years, our industry has been proactive in its attitude to such issues and that is reflected in the approach of the EOG.
Activities and initiatives relating to CSR and sustainability form a core part of the EOG’s programme and the organisation continues to invest significant resources into them.
On the EOG Responsibility website, you will find a huge variety of resources and advice on topics, such as:
European Outdoor Conservation Association
Designed to harness the power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grass roots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is a not-for-profit initiative from the European outdoor industry and is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects and membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.
In Kind Direct
In February 2018, the OIA announced a new partnership with leading product donation charity In Kind Direct in a bid to tackle waste and deliver high social impact. In Kind Direct distributes new consumer products donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers and retailers to charities working in the UK and abroad.
The most important aspect of this work (OIA) is the impact it could have on the health of the nation. It could engage people to take part in outdoor activity, including people who might never go to the gym or walk on a football pitch but who will happily go to the park or walk up a mountain.
Over the last few years the OIA has grown into one of the most successful National Outdoor Trade Associations in the world. Their policy of concentrating on the really important issues that face the UK industry has been incredibly successful and really demonstrates the vital role that such organisations can play. The EOG is fully supportive of the OIA’s mission and we’ve had the privilege of working closely with the OIA team on both UK, and European wide issues. Irrespective of the current turmoil surrounding the UK’s wish to exit from the European Union, the OIA will continue to be a valuable, core part of the European outdoor industry business.
By coming together, we have become a really strong voice in the development of the Government’s new sporting strategy.
The OIA’s annual conference has quickly developed into an essential event on the trade calendar. The international speakers, workshops and networking elements are all of the highest standard and the social side of the conference is also really fun!
The Forestry Commission are an active provider of multiple outdoor recreation projects to increase community participation in outdoor activity – from mountain bike trail centres to guided trail runs, from competitive adventure races to the family Gruffalo trails – we are certain much of our work contributes to the OIA’s mission to ‘Get Britain Active Outdoors’ . The OIA provides great opportunities for us to meet industry colleagues and learn from others. This is why we are members of the OIA, attend the OIA conferences and seminars, and enjoy working together on research and participation development.