What is a 'Conservation Champion?'

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In 2011, it was decided to introduce the award of 'EOCA Conservation Champion' to recognise those members that had gone the 'extra mile' in their support for conservation through EOCA.
Award giving on stage
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
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.”

Conservation Champions

Smartwool Europe Smartwool Europe
EOCA Conservation Champion 2015
Vaude Sport GmbH & Co KG Vaude Sport GmbH & Co KG
EOCA Conservation Champion 2015
Klean Kanteen Klean Kanteen
EOCA Conservation Champion 2014
Maruba Sports & Travel Publishers Maruba Sports & Travel Publishers
EOCA Conservation Champion 2014
Roc Noir Roc Noir
EOCA Conservation Champion 2014
Bergans Fritid AS Bergans Fritid AS
EOCA Conservation Champion 2013
EOCA Conservation Champion 2013
Polartec LLC Polartec LLC
EOCA Conservation Champion 2013
Original Buff Original Buff
EOCA Conservation Champion 2012 & 2011
Nikwax Ltd Nikwax Ltd
EOCA Conservation Champion 2012
Patagonia Europe SAS Patagonia Europe SAS
EOCA Conservation Champion 2011
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Both the Breathe Foundation and the Atlantic Rainforest Institute would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank EOCA for its support of this project, and its ongoing support of projects like ours across the wide spectrum that it engages in.  Without the commitment and funding from the European outdoor industry ...to assist established or start-up initiatives, many would never make it off the ground... and this [particular]  project and its roll out may never have been possible.
Drew Stevenson, General Manager, Breathe Foundation