- July 24, 2018
- Posted by: OIA Admin
- Category: Association News
Every year, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) gives the ‘Conservation Champion’ award to members that have ‘gone the extra mile’ to support conservation. The award recognises members that have taken the initiative to raise extra money for and awareness of conservation through the Association. EOCA is delighted to name Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) and Stanley – a PMI brand, as its Conservation Champions for 2018.
ENO approached EOCA soon after joining the Association with an ambitious plan to become the first member to custom design an EOCA-specific product to be sold at retail. The resulting stunning hammock in EOCA’s colours was launched during the conservation fundraiser at OutDoor 2017 and has since been sold at retail across Europe. A percentage of the sale of each hammock is coming to EOCA to be spent on conservation projects around the world.
Stanley has consistently been an active and innovative supporter of EOCA. For the past 3 years, Stanley, in partnership with EOCA, has prepared and donated many hundreds of customised products in order to support raising funds for conservation and conveying EOCA’s mission. These iconic Stanley insulated mugs and bottles have featured the EOCA logo or specific EOCA project logos and have been sold at the OutDoor and ISPO shows. These high quality and attractive products have been hugely popular and their sale has funded the planting of many thousands of trees as well as supporting other conservation activities.
Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said, “the Conservation Champion Award is about recognising member companies large and small, who benefit conservation through EOCA with creative and forward thinking initiatives. We are proud to work with these two companies,
who have both successfully raised awareness of EOCA and additional funds for conservation through their passion and responsibility for the great outdoors. The two companies were officially announced and presented with their certificates on the main stage of the OutDoor party in Friedrichshafen.”
Notes to Editors:
The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about. Designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.
From January 2015, a select group of ‘Sustaining Members’ have pledged their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year over and above their annual membership fee. This money will be used to finance the running of the Association and support its sustainable growth, also enabling 2 funding rounds per year. The seven EOCA Sustaining Members are: OutDoor (Messe Friedrichshafen), Pertex, KEEN Footwear, Nikwax, ISPO (Messe München), Patagonia and the European Outdoor Group (EOG), which is also the Founding Member of the Association.
To find out more about the Association please go to: www.outdoorconservation.eu