Award giving on stage
The Conservation Champion award will be awarded annually at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, each July. It will be awarded to those members who have put extra effort into fundraising for the Association, or who have organised events and shown support to EOCA in other ways. The award will look at the efforts of each member individually, and the award will recognise the amount of time and commitment involved, based on the size and manpower of the company in question, rather than specifically the amount raised.
During the infamous OutDoor Party at the OutDoor Show, Friedrichshafen in July 2014, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) took to the main stage to announce that they were naming Klean Kanteen, Maruba Sports Publishing and Roc Noir as their 2014 Conservation Champions.
In front of thousands of members of the outdoor industry, EOCA Board Members Nick Brown (Nikwax) and Jan Lorch (Vaude) awarded the certificates to these three EOCA members who have gone the extra mile in supporting conservation, and led the way in innovative fundraising efforts:
Klean Kanteen celebrate being named as Conservation Champions
Not only an original member of the Association, but a very active and positive Media Partner, Maruba Sports Publishers has published every press release that EOCA has issued. It highlights EOCA in every edition of Hike & Trekking, Bike & Trekking and SPORT PARTNER and has hosted the Association’s public vote for conservation in each of the last 3 years, giving double page spreads in its magazines and full coverage online.
Klean Kanteen joined EOCA on 1st January 2014, and by February, they had donated branded EOCA insulated, stainless steel Kanteens for a happy hour fundraiser at ISPO, helping to raise an impressive €2,300! Klean Kanteen has also been involved in helping raise further funds for the Association at OutDoor 2014, through the production of a ‘Conservation Pint Mug’ specifically for the Saturday night OutDoor party.
As a new start up UK Skiwear company, before it had even sold its first product, Roc Noir decided it would join EOCA and donate 2% of its sales to the Association. This is a huge commitment for a small company to make, and has shown great faith in and support of the work that EOCA and the outdoor industry are undertaking.
Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said, “the Conservation Champion award is about recognising member companies large and small, who take the initiative to benefit conservation through EOCA in ways other than simply paying their membership fees. We are proud to work with these three companies, all of whom are passionate about the great outdoors and their responsibility to it.”
EOCA Conservation Champion 2014
EOCA Conservation Champion 2013