The North Face unveiled its first-ever global brand campaign, “Never Stop.” The campaign, which features cinematic footage collected from around the world, takes viewers on a journey “inspiring them to discover the exhilaration that lives at the outer edge of their physical and intellectual possibilities,” said the company.
“Whether it’s the epic or the everyday, we want to inspire people to find the thing they love, and relentlessly pursue it,” said Todd Spaletto, president of The North Face. “Building on our previous U.S.-based campaign, ‘Never Stop’ features people who embody the spirit of exploration. It also celebrates the heroes of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) who represent the spirit of ‘Never Stop.’”
“Never Stop” features The North Face athletes Conrad Anker, Paige Claassen, Xavier De Le Rue and Tom Wallisch pushing their physical boundaries climbing, mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding – blended with cultural, creative and emotional scenes of a photographer, marine biologist and scientist to generate a narrative of exploration.
“‘Never Stop’ is about exploring your potential in whatever endeavor inspires you,” said The North Face athlete Jimmy Chin. “For me, pushing myself in the mountains has been an important part of my life and something I am passionate about, but photography has been an equally incredible journey to find new perspectives and push myself creatively.”
As part of the campaign, The North Face is continuing its partnership with the Department of the Interior and the 21CSC through a $100,000 donation. Through the “Never Stop” campaign, four conservation corps organizations will each receive $25,000: Student Conservation Association, American YouthWorks, Conservation Legacy, and Team Rubicon. These organizations were selected based on nominations submitted of inspiring corps members caring for public lands in communities across the country and inviting others to participate in active outdoor stewardship.
· Anthony Ciocco, Conservation Legacy: Anthony “Chako” Ciocco is changing the lives of young Native men and women one conservation project at a time. Chako leads the Ancestral Lands program on the Navajo Nation under Conservation Legacy’s Southwest Conservation Corps. Under Chako’s leadership, Navajo youth work to rebuild damaged ecosystems.
· Jeremy Taitano, Student Conservation Association: Jeremy developed a passion for conservation from his roots on Saipan, part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands and is revered for its breathtaking coral reef and marine life. The beauty of his homeland was not lost on Taitano where he saw first-hand the impact of climate change. This fostered a commitment to conservation and inspired him to join the Student Conservation Association (SCA), whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
· Team Rubicon: Team Rubicon is changing the lives of disaster stricken individuals by tapping into one of the U.S.’s greatest forces – our veterans. As a nonprofit, disaster response organization, Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded by two marines following the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon seeks to provide veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and identity, created by joining a new mission.
Today’s donation builds on last year’s support of the 21CSC when The North Face donated $250,000 to support jobs for young adults and returning veterans working on projects to protect and enhance public lands from Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California to Everglades National Park in Florida.
“We appreciate our continued partnership with The North Face, this year highlighting conservation heroes who are making a difference in their communities,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “Today’s donation from The North Face will help create opportunities for young people and veterans to engage in important work on our nation’s public lands, nurturing lifelong connections to these special places.”
The “Never Stop” campaign will be distributed globally throughout the fourth quarter in more than 10 markets including the U.S., Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, China, Korea, Australia, Nepal and Singapore. It will run across major broadcast and online media around the world, and will also appear via out-of-home executions.
Photo: Diving Prep, Indian Ocean, Andy Bardon- courtesy, The North Face