Membership types

Membership is primarily offered to employers’ organisations that represent The Outdoor Sector’s commercial employers at national level, acting in their own country as a legally established entity, structurally able to participate in social dialogue for The Outdoor Sector. These National Unions of Employers’ are key to the Association and hereinafter are referred to as ‘College 1’.

Membership of the Association can also be obtained by The Outdoor Sector’s commercial individual entrepreneurs, registered companies and public and private registered training organisations, their respective representatives, unions, federations and confederations as described below and hereinafter referred to as ‘College 2’.

Only the application of legal entities that relate and/or are involved and/or are acting in the commercial outdoor sector may be considered and approved to become members of the Association.

Members are legal entities as follows:

  • Service providers: commercial individual entrepreneurs and companies registered within Europe that professionally offer and/or deliver outdoor activities, related outdoor activities and/or guidance to the participants in these activities as well as their national and international representatives, unions, federations and confederations;
  • Goods manufacturers and retailers: commercial individual entrepreneurs and companies registered within European states that professionally offer and/or manufacture and/or sell outdoor goods as well as their national and international representatives, unions, federations and confederations;
  • Training providers: individual lecturers, public and private training organisations registered within European countries that deliver outdoor activities related training programs and/or  courses in the interest of the two above mentioned groups of commercial entities, as well as their national and international representatives, unions, federations and confederations.
  • Private individuals who have been involved in the outdoors for a long time and/or who have particularly served the interests of the outdoors may apply and/or may be proposed to become honorary members.

Members' powers and voting powers

Following legal provisions, members have the following powers:

  1. to participate in the GMs;
  2. to vote decisions at the GMs;
  3. to stand for commission and/or board elections.

The Association, for voting purposes, has two main types of members split into 2 electoral colleges as per Article 6:

  1. ‘College 1’: National unions of outdoor employers
  2. ‘College 2’: All other legal entities as specified in Article 7.

National unions of outdoor employers as mentioned in ‘College 1’ are considered by the Association as representing their members as well as their country of establishment; however, for a given country, the Association may have more than one national union mentioned in ‘College 1’ as a member, since their maybe more than one national union corresponding to the definition in ‘College 1’ for a given country.

For any given country and regardless the size of the country or the number of legal entities mentioned in ‘College 1’ in that country, the voting power is determined at 100; these 100 votes per country are to be split between the members mentioned in ‘College 1’ and established in the same country; the split is done regardless the number of members of each national union of each country; as a consequence, if the Association has 2 members as mentioned in ‘College 1’ as members for one given country, each organisation will dispose of 50 votes in any GM; for 3 members, 33 for the 2 newest members and 34 for the eldest member; for 4, 25 votes each, and so on.

Legal entities mentioned in ‘College 2’ dispose of 1 vote each regardless their size, number and/or country of establishment.

Membership Fees