President: Sigrid Lüber
Tel: +41 (0) 44 780 66 88
Fax: +41 (0) 44 780 68 08
Responsible for content: Vera Bürgi
Non-Profit Status & Transparency
OceanCare is a non-governmental organisation. OceanCare operates independently of all political parties and governments as well as economic or religious interest groups. OceanCare’s work is funded by benefactors, donors, members, charitable foundations and legacies.
Since 1996, OceanCare has been recognised as a charitable organisation and as particularly worthy of support by the Cantonal Financial Directorates and the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. Donations to OceanCare are tax-deductible in Switzerland. The organisation issues donation receipts covering domestic or foreign contributions.
OceanCare gives a high priority to care, efficiency and compliance with ethical standards in using the entrusted donations. More than 85 percent of the funds we receive are directly invested in our work within international fora, urgent conservation projects, as well as campaigns, outreach and education work. This is brought about by focused project strategies, a lean organisational structure and efficient administration.
The General Meeting is OceanCare’s supervisory body. Additionally, OceanCare is inspected by an independent Statutory Auditor, registered with the Federal Audit Oversight Authority. OceanCare’s Steering Committee works unsalaried. No attendance fees are paid. Two members of the Steering Committee and/or the management sign collectively (four-eye principle).
OceanCare reports on our activities through our Annual Report, our website, the semi-annual magazine “Wissen” and the quarterly publication “Fokus”, as well as via monthly electronic newsletters and on a daily basis on social media.
Personnel Structure (as at 2016)
In Switzerland, six staff members cover a total of 4.4 FTEs (full-time equivalents). In addition, OceanCare employs a number of freelance project team members and consultants abroad. The team is also supported by scientific interns and advisors working on a pro-bono basis.
Origin and allocation of funds
OceanCare publishes the Annual Financial Statements in the Annual Report. OceanCare subjects expenses to strict control mechanisms and constantly monitors effectivity. The organisation does not have an advertising budget. Reports and filler advertisements are published by media and publishers at no charge.
OceanCare is independent of and not related to other organisations under company law. However, OceanCare works closely with other organisations, domestically and abroad, to effectively promote ocean and wildlife protection.
Commercial Register entry
OceanCare is recorded in the Swiss Commercial Register under the number CH-020.6.000.674-0.
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Fish: © Kurt Amsler
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