Official update from Katherine regarding the ECITA Affiliate Scheme.

Hi,

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to proceed with the ECITA Affiliate membership scheme at this time, owing to the fact that we did not receive sufficient registrations to make the scheme viable. It was made clear to VIRI at the outset that we would need a minimum of 25 Affiliate members, in order to fund the extra resources required to look after them. We did not even get halfway towards this minimum. Furthermore, ECITA’s members have considerable concerns (which we share) about the lack of auditing and the potential for the ECITA logo to be devalued if it were to be used by companies who are not subject to the strict requirements of ECITA’s auditing programme.

This is not the end, however. We are absolutely determined to make it possible to reach more of our smaller colleagues, to offer the support and help you need in order to cope with the increasing burden of compliance – now and in the future. We are currently working on a new proposal for this scheme, with some constructive suggestions from our members on how this could work.

We are very disappointed not to be able to move forward more swiftly with this programme. It has long been a cherished ambition to represent more of the smaller companies in the sector – an ambition we are not prepared to abandon. Please bear with us while we try to resolve this, and we hope to be back in touch by the end of the month with the revised proposal.

Once again, thank you for being one of the few who stepped up to the plate. It is with great sorrow that we have had to suspend this programme for now, but we are determined to formulate something that will work for everyone involved.

Wishing you all the best,

Katherine

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