Why should my company become a member of ERA Global?
ERA Global is the only organisation exclusively representing the interests of all Television-, Radio-, Internet- Electronic Retailers and associated services in the European markets. ERA Global is a non-profit organization, which was incorporated in Brussels, Belgium, in August 2004. ERA Global is the trade association for companies involved in retailing products and services directly to the consumer via audiovisual communication and content on television, internet and other electronic media, according to a recognized code of ethics.
The MISSION STATEMENT of ERA Global is “To grow the positive economic impact and size of the industry by increasing consumer confidence in Electronic Retailing by protecting them through self-regulated industry business standards, while fostering a positive relationship between the industry, consumer and regulators.”
Currently ERA Global represents the interests of around 90 Members from all around the world.
Are there further reasons to join ERA Global?
Yes, ERA Global offers more membership benefits. As a member you are part of an exclusive network. Once a year ERA Global members meet for their annual membership meeting. ERA Global organizes two annual trade conferences where industry representatives from all over the world meet to exchange news about the industry, to exchange ideas and to do business together:
ERA Global members have access to the conference at a preferred member rate. For all member benefits, please click here.
How much is the membership fee?
The membership fee depends on a company's annual turnover.
It starts at 1000 € for associate members or sole proprietors and is capped at 10000 € for core members with a turnover > 20 Mio. € p.a.
When is the first payment of membership fees due?
The fee is due, when you first join ERA Global. Membership is then valid for 12 Months. After this period, we will ask you to renew your membership. Your second term will then follow the calendar year. That means if you joined e.g. in May (July) your first term ends in April (June). The second term starts again in May (July) and lasts this time until December. This is done so that all memberships follow our fiscal year from January to December.
When is the annual renewal fee due?
The annual membership renewal fee is due within 60 days of joining or renewing membership (5.3 of the ERA Global statues).
How about the fees for the second year, which might be far fewer than 12 months.
In the second year a fee “pro rata temporis” applies. In this case, you pay only for the actual months of this membership period. E.g. you joined in July. In the second year, your membership only lasts from July to December, so that you only pay 50% (6/12) of the regular fee.
Does ERA Global remind me about payment?
Yes, ERA Global will remind you if you haven't paid.
How can I terminate my membership?
Membership can be terminated only in writing. If the termination is declared after the renewal period has started then the termination declaration is only valid at the end of the newly started 12 month period. Membership fees are still due for the actual running year.
Can I just let my membership lapse?
No, you need to terminate your membership in writing as described above
As a member, how can I steer the fate of ERA Global?
There is an annual membership meeting. Members can and should join the membership assembly, the highest body of the association, that decides e.g. on the yearly statement and next year's budget. All members are entitled and invited to join the ERA Global committees and can be elected as board members.
How do I become a board member?
The board elections take place every two years, at the annual member meeting at the beginning of the year. Members interested in joining the board should submit an application prior to that meeting.
Can only board members join the committees?
The committees are generally open to all members. Members are encouraged to join and support the committees. Board members are expected to join and actively support the work of the committees.
Do ERA Global Committee or Board Members get paid for their work?
No – time and work devoted are done on a volunteer base.
How often does the board meet?
The board is currently holding three sessions per year, first prior to the membership meeting, second is prior to the summer conference and third during our US conference in Fall in Las Vegas, /U.S.A. Usually the committees meet prior to the board meeting, so that the board can discuss the results and proposals from the committees.
Where is ERA Global registered?
ERA Global is registered in Belgium as a non-profit Association “ERA Global Asbl, BE 0867.005.301,RPM Brussels”
What does ERA Global do with my membership fees?
As a non-profit organization the goal of ERA Global is not to maximize its profit. The revenues of ERA Global generated through membership fees and conference admissions are fully reinvested in the membership benefits.
Does ERA Global issue a receipt or invoice for the annual fee?