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AZA Announces New Commercial Member Engagement Council

SSA and Event Network Unite in Commitment to Good Corporate Citizenship

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is announcing the formation of its new Commercial Member Engagement Council (CMEC). Inaugural members include SSA and Event Network, and the CMEC’s goal will be to find the intersection between economic, environmental, and social aspects of business to set the standards for the industry in carrying out AZA’s mission of respecting, valuing, and conserving wildlife and wild places.

The CMEC will explore how AZA’s community of nearly 325 commercial members can align their strategies for Good Corporate Citizenship with each other and with AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Good Corporate Citizenship is an evolving business practice that incorporates sustainable development into a company's business model. The practice also provides a new brand platform companies can use to leverage their cause marketing initiatives to the general public and to niche markets.

“Corporate citizenship extends across a broad field that includes good governance, sound, transparent financial reporting, and ethical decision making,” said Dan Ashe, AZA’s President and CEO. “AZA’s commercial members are already exhibiting such initiatives, large and small.”

Such initiatives include the use of sustainable palm oil, elimination and minimization of carbon footprints, and the creation of sustainable products like compostable dinnerware.

Additional information about AZA Commercial Membership can be found on AZA’s website at

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and 11 other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit


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