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 recognizes members that have taken the initiative to raise extra money for and awareness of conservation through the Association.
This year, EOCA named Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) and Stanley – a PMI brand, as its Conservation Champions for 2018.
ENO approached EOCA soon after joining the Association with a plan to become the first member to custom design an EOCA-specific product to be sold at retail. The resulting
hammock in EOCA’s colors 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, meanwhile, has consistently been an active and innovative supporter of EOCA, said the group. For the past three years, Stanley, in partnership with EOCA, has prepared and donated many hundreds of customized 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.
Their sale has funded the planting of many thousands of trees as well as supporting other conservation activities.
“The Conservation Champion Award is about recognising member companies large and small, who benefit conservation through EOCA with creative and forward thinking initiatives,” said Catherine Savidge, joint general manager of EOCA. “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.”