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UPDATED: Guide to current European retail restrictions by country
14.05.2020 As governments seek to re-open the retail environment over the next weeks and months there is an array of advice out there. With advice varying across Europe and even within countries it is difficult for those businesses operating on many fronts to negotiate the regulations being provided. Here we will collate the latest country […]
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UK: British Mountaineering Council release guidance on outdoor activities
13.05.2020 Can I start climbing and hill walking again? As lockdown evolves, access to the outdoors is now changing. However, crucially this is still different in England, Wales and Scotland. Our key message to climbers and hill walkers is to be cautious in your actions, respectful of local communities and extremely vigilant in avoiding transmitting […]
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Pascal Aymar
Pascal Aymar Everyone at the European Outdoor Group was saddened to hear of the recent death of Pascal Aymar. Pascal was a long-time friend and colleague of our team, and of many more people and businesses in the outdoor and sports sector. He will be fondly remembered and much missed. Jean-Marc Pambet, former Salomon CEO […]
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EDITED: What’s selling globally during COVID-19?
11.05.2020 LATEST RETAIL TRENDS – What’s selling globally during COVID-19? Sanitizer, sportswear and sweatpants. A data-backed analysis of 5 retail trends selling globally through the pandemic. Retail website Edited has published a report on retail trends, and what is selling in the current circumstances. Interestingly, outdoor activities are predicted to be better appreciated by consumers post […]
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Sustainable Apparel Coalition launches Covid-19 resource hub.
11.05.2020 SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION LIST OF GLOBAL RESOURCES The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has gathered together credible global resources from across the industry on topics where guidance and support are needed most during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Berghaus: The Hills will always be there with Sir Chris Bonnington.
  01.05.2020 The Hills will always be there. Berghaus has just posted a short film with Sir Chris Bonington, which includes clips of him sharing some of his thoughts and advice about dealing with the current situation. Sir Chris talks about the analogy of being stuck in a tent for an extended time during an […]
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Nikwax show to clean disposable PPE masks and gowns more safely
01.05.2020 How to clean disposable masks and gowns more safely. Testing by Nikwax shows that disposable masks and gowns can be cleaned in a washing process whilst maintaining their functional qualities. The process can be rolled out quickly using existing cleaning facilities. Safely reusing disposable or single-use PPE could increase effective supply by 5 times […]
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International Labour Organisation releases global Call to Action
01.05.2020 COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry aims to catalyse action from across the global garment industry to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment. This global action also calls for work on sustainable […]
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Fair Wear Foundation release Garment industry coalition statement
01.05.2020 Statement: Garment industry coalition lays out joint priorities for the garment sector A group of eleven organisations working on better labour conditions for garment workers has released a statement on responding responsibly to the Covid-19 crisis, calling on garment brands and governments for urgent action. They are deeply concerned about the livelihoods of millions […]
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STATEMENT FROM THE EOG PRESIDENT – Outdoor industry cooperation during COVID-19 pandemic
25.04.20 EOG President Mark Held has published an open letter to the outdoor industry, calling for continued sustainable, ethical cooperation during the coronavirus outbreak, and outlining why that is important now, more than ever. You can read the letter in full below and download it in PDF form to share with your own colleagues and […]
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Postponement of European Outdoor Summit
24.04.20 It is with regret that, due to the uncertain current situation with COVID-19, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has taken the difficult decision to postpone the European Outdoor Summit (EOS) until 2021.  The summit will take place in Annecy, France, in the autumn, and the EOG is currently looking at suitable dates, which will […]
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EOCA members to choose which projects will receive funding
22.04.20 The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has updated its members on plans to hold a vote that will determine which projects the association will support this spring. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on plans, the association is still committed to funding three initiatives this spring (rather than the usual five). On this occasion, a […]
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La Sportiva delivers 55,000 masks after converting production line
22.04.20 After converting part of its production line to make laboratory coats and masks for the Protezione Civile (civil defence) of Trento, La Sportiva has completed manufacture of an initial batch of 55,000 masks. Read more HERE.
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BMC feature on outdoor companies and their creative responses to COVID-19
22.04.20 Around the world, outdoor gear manufacturers are coming up with creative ways to help front-line workers deal with the coronavirus pandemic, from converting snorkels into ventilator parts to sewing masks and gowns. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has published a feature that highlights some great examples, which you can read HERE.
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New microfibre research highlights complexity of fibre fragmentation
21.04.20 New microfibre research highlights complexity of fibre fragmentation The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has shared preliminary results from the first phase of its product development research and testing programme with its membership. At a recent forum, TMC updated members from around the world ahead of the next stage of the project. During the event, the […]
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Quadriplegic Berghaus ambassador to ‘climb’ Mount Everest at home for charity
20.04.20 Ed Jackson, Berghaus ambassador and a quadriplegic former professional rugby player, will take on a home-based climbing challenge for charity this week. Ed will set out to scale the height of Mount Everest on his staircase, with a target of raising £10,000 for NHS affiliated charity Forever Friends, spinal cord research foundation Wings for […]
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Osprey: Putting healthcare workers first and producing PPE.
20.04.20 EOG member Osprey have turned over their warranty and repair department to making PPE masks for healthcare workers. The masks have been specifically designed to handle multiple washings and be reusable, the team are producing 100 masks a day and distributing to their local health care providers around Cortez, CO. USA.
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Arcteryx: From Alpha SSV to PPE
20.04.20 EOG member Arcteryx are using their Arc’one manufacturing facility in Vancouver, BC to produce PPE for their local healthcare providers. As well as producing PPE along with other local manufacturers they are also making patterns, design and tech specs widely available so that other manufacturers might do the same.
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FESI release findings of initial Covid19 impact survey
16.04.20   The FESI report: The sporting goods industry severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis: companies are in urgent need of liquidity and cash flow support according to the latest FESI survey  
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Columbia launches #TOUGHERTOGETHER campaign
15.04.20   EOG member Columbia Sportswear have launched a campaign on their Instagram channels promoting Columbia Sportswear customers to stay at home and use #toughertogether to connect and share outdoor adventures and plans during the Covid-19 epidemic.  
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EOG Member ORTOVOX support retailers via direct website sales
05.04.20   ORTOVOX are supporting retailers by offering 25% of all purchases as a credit to the retailer selected by the consumer at point of purchase. As an extra incentive all customers will receive a free 120 Tec Headband with each order.  
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EOG member Stormsure is helping the NHS
16.04.2020 EOG member Stormsure are helping the NHS in the UK by 3D printing facemasks. They are now asking their customers to support the scheme with donations for materials and shipping.  
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It’s Great Out There Coalition launches #outdoorsathome campaign
03.04.20 It’s Great Out There Coalition launches #outdoorsathome campaign   The It’s Great Out There Coalition has unveiled a new initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with its membership of some of the biggest outdoor companies in Europe, the coalition has launched #outdoorsathome as the latest phase of its #itsgreatoutthere project.
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FESI ask EOG members to complete Covid-19 impact survey
03.04.2020 FESI Survey The Commission’s objective is to be able to accurately assess the impact of COVID-19 on our sector, in order to adopt the most appropriate support measures at European level. The results will be shared with all members.
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An open letter from EOG President Mark Held
01.04.20 European Outdoor Group calls for industry unity during COVID-19 pandemic   The president of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has issued an open letter to the outdoor industry, urging businesses to work together during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to help as much of the sector as possible to ride out the crisis and […]
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Cancellation of OutDoor by ISPO 2020
27.03.20 CANCELLATION OF OUTDOOR BY ISPO 2020 As events continue to unfold around the world, it is clear that we cannot proceed with plans to hold an international trade show towards the end of June. Even if travel restrictions were to ease by June, the economic harm being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is making […]
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First #itsgreatoutthere grants awarded to projects in 2020
13.03.20 The It’s Great Out There Coalition has announced details of the first projects that will benefit from its grants programme in 2020. Two #itsgreatouthere grants will boost projects that will introduce young people to the outdoors for the first time: An initiative run through a partnership between Le CREPS de Vallon Pont d’Arc and […]
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Feedback required for survey on product ‘end of life’ strategies
11.03.20 We have developed a survey about the pathways of textile materials and garments at their ‘end of life’, and would appreciate feedback from those involved in the industry. The survey is being carried out to inform the DEMETO project, which is developing innovative microwave-based processes to enable the chemical recycling of PET, and which […]
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Launch of #sportstays
10.04.20 The Association of German Sports Retailers has teamed up with ISPO to launch a campaign called #sportstays. The initiative is designed to convey the message that whatever is happening now, sport will always remain with us and with it all the motivation that sport gives us. The campaign is open for anyone to participate. […]
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EOG update on organisational changes and key projects for 2020
Following our recent Annual Assembly, here’s an update on our portfolio of activities, and changes to our core team and board, covering the following topics: Ambitious goal for the industry to give back more than it takes New Board members, and Vice President and Treasurer Peter Ottervanger joins as Head of Retail New survey reveals […]
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EOG welcomes new head of marketing
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Thompson as our new head of marketing and communications. Dan joined the EOG in December, filling the role that Arne Strate vacated when he was appointed general secretary. He will lead on the work to provide marketing, communications and events support for the association’s growing portfolio […]
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Outdoor Industry 2019 Year End Survey
Brands and retailers in the outdoor sector are invited to take part in a short and CONFIDENTIAL year end survey run by the European Outdoor Group. The questions focus on how the market performed in 2019, and on key highlights and challenges. All of the answers will be aggregated and presented at the forthcoming ISPO […]
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European Outdoor Group seeks more retail involvement in key projects
We are pleased to provided an update on our expanded programme of retail related projects. Since we made the decision to accept retail members in 2014, we have put a greater focus on the area. With several key initiatives now well established, we want to engage on a deeper level with the outdoor retail sector […]
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The Microfibre Consortium launches first global microfibre shedding test method for textile industry
The Microfibre Consortium launches first global microfibre shedding test method for textile industry The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has announced details of a microfibre shedding test method that has now been released to its members.  Developed by the University of Leeds (UoL) on behalf of the consortium, the test is the world’s first thoroughly tested, validated […]
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News from FESI: Positive results for the ski industry
According to recent findings of the annual market report conducted by the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), sales of skis and ski equipment between the winter seasons of 2016 and 2019 have generally increased. FESI has collected this information as part of the research work carried out by its winter sports task […]
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EOS 2019 delivers an engaging, challenging and stimulating programme to push boundaries and drive change within the outdoor industry
Two days of presentations, activities and networking end with announcement of Annecy, France being the host for EOS 2020 A resounding success for its seventh consecutive year, the European Outdoor Summit (EOS) has proven a hit once again with delegates, sponsors and partners alike, delivering another engaging, challenging and inspiring programme over the course of […]
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European Outdoor Summit 2019 – final details and new speakers announced
The 2019 European Outdoor Summit is only two weeks away, to be held at the Congress Centre, Kursaal, in Interlaken, Switzerland, from 26-27 September. As a reminder, this year’s summit will focus on the theme: The Outdoor Industry – Redefining Boundaries. Once again, there will be a varied programme of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and […]
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The Microfibre Consortium welcomes new members to boost global focus and alignment
The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has announced details of three new members which have joined the organisation’s initiative to develop practical solutions to minimise microfibre release into the environment from the textile industry. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Textile Exchange have signed up as research and […]
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New Speakers Added to European Outdoor Summit 2019 Line Up
New speakers have been added to the programme for this year’s European Outdoor Summit (EOS) in Switzerland. EOS is just over a month away and there is still time to book a place at the event – REGISTER HERE. EOS brings together around 300 high calibre leaders in the outdoor industry from across Europe and […]
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OutDoor by ISPO 2019 – the successful launch of a new outdoor era
OutDoor by ISPO 2019 – the successful launch of a new outdoor era 1,018 exhibitors from 35 countries More than 22,000 visitors from about 90 countries Industry is becoming more and more sustainable With 1,018 exhibitors and more than 22,000 trade visitors, OutDoor by ISPO launched a new era for the outdoor industry from 30 […]
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Latest EOG research reveals growth in climbing category in 2018, but a flatter overall picture for the outdoor market
Latest EOG research reveals growth in climbing category in 2018, but a flatter overall picture for the outdoor market The latest research released by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) indicates that the climbing category grew in 2018, while the overall outdoor market flattened out.  The EOG has unveiled top line results from its comprehensive State […]
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It’s Great Out There Coalition adds to team with new policy officer
The It’s Great Out There Coalition has confirmed the appointment of its first policy officer.  Margo de Lange will join in September and will lead the day to day management of the coalition.  For the last five years, she has been working at the European Network of Academic Sports Services (ENAS) and she brings extensive […]
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OutDoor by ISPO
OutDoor by ISPO is the year-round platform for a new outdoor movement, combined with the largest annual international trade fair for the outdoor sector. This is carried out in close partnership with the European Outdoor Group (EOG). ISPO Business Solutions expand the portfolio year-round with both digital as well as cross-media services and create a […]
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ISPO Munich
ISPO Munich is the world’s largest multi-segment trade fair in the sports business. The fair is the most important international industry gathering for the sports industry and offers a complete overview of the market as well as an overview of innovations and trends. At ISPO Munich 2018, 83,606 visitors and 2,801 exhibitors participated. ISPO Munich […]
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The outdoor industry – united against racism and intolerance
The outdoor industry – united against racism and intolerance Recent events in Germany, where there have been examples of outdoor companies being attacked on social media for stating clearly that discrimination and intolerance have no place in our modern society, have led us to publish a statement on behalf of all members of the European […]
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Changes to the EOG CSR and sustainability team
We have confirmed some changes to the EOG’s CSR and sustainability team.  Dr. Katy Stevens, who joined the EOG in 2016, will step up to the role of head of CSR and sustainability, succeeding Dr. Pamela Ravasio who is leaving the organisation to pursue new opportunities.  In addition, we have welcomed Dr. Jane Turnbull to […]
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European Outdoor Summit 2018 ends with record number of delegates
The sixth annual European Outdoor Summit (EOS) was the biggest to date, with 305 delegates registered for the two-day event, which was hosted in Malmo, Sweden. The European Outdoor Group (EOG) is now pleased to announce that Interlaken, Switzerland will host  EOS 2019, which will take place from 26–27 September 2019. The two-day programme of presentations, […]
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European Outdoor Group confirms Burton and Nitro as first boardsports members
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has confirmed that two snowboard companies have joined the association, as the first members that are wholly from the boardsports sector.  Burton and Nitro have had their applications approved by the EOG’s membership committee and are now full members.  In addition, Salomon is adding its snowboard business to its existing […]
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EOS 2018 early bird delegate rate ends on Friday 27th July
The ‘early bird’ delegate rate for the 2018 European Outdoor Summit ends on Friday 27th July.  Now is the time to register to secure your discounted place. The summit will be held on the 19th and 20th September 2018 at the Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmӧ Live, in Malmö, Sweden. Offering excellent value for money, the EOS delegate […]
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Paralympian and Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg, David Lega to speak at EOS 2018
With the European Outdoor Summit (EOS) 2018 ‘Early Bird’ rate ending on Friday 27th July, now is the time to register to ensure your discounted place at the summit.  Bookings can be made at the EOS website www.europeanoutdoorsummit.com Giving would-be delegates another compelling reason to book, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) is pleased to announce […]
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ISPO Digitize
Secure your ISPO Digitize ticket now The first ISPO Digitize conference will be held from 28th-29th June at the Internationales Congress Center, München.  Digital transformation is a hot topic and the event has been developed for anyone who wants to play an active part in shaping this process and make it a success for the […]
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New EOG research indicates strong growth for the outdoor market during 2017
New research has been released, revealing that the European outdoor sector experienced significant growth in 2017.  The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has published figures from its latest State of Trade report, which indicate that the wholesale outdoor market grew by 7.2% in value* and 6.7% in volume.  The 2017 State of Trade results offer a […]
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National associations line up to support the EOG Sustainability Charter
National associations line up to support the EOG Sustainability Charter The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has confirmed that two more national associations have adopted its Sustainability Charter.  The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) have both pledged their support to the charter, making the commitment to pursue best practice in corporate citizenship, […]
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Scandinavian Outdoor Group takes a lead and adopts EOG Sustainability Charter
Scandinavian Outdoor Group takes a lead and adopts EOG Sustainability Charter   The Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) has announced that it has signed up to support the European Outdoor Group (EOG) Sustainability Charter.  The charter sets out an understanding of good corporate citizenship and responsibility and articulates stages and aspirations of a journey towards best […]
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#itsgreatoutthere grant supports inner city school project
The It’s Great Out There Coalition has confirmed that the next #itsgreatoutthere grant will be awarded to a collaboration between Finnish children’s outdoor brand Reima and an inner city primary school in London....
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ISPO – Shanghai
ISPO Shanghai – 4-6 July 2020: The multi-segment trade show focused on booming summer sports. The summer trade show in Shanghai attracts visitors and exhibitors with four exciting segments: Running, Health & Fitness, Watersports and Outdoor. Additionally manufacturers and suppliers present the newest trends and showcase new technologies. Some compelling facts and figures about ISPO […]
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ISPO – Beijing
ISPO Beijing: the leading multi-segment sports business trade fair in Asia with its focus on winter sports collections The trade show takes place from 12-15 February 2020 and presents its visitors and exhibitors the entire world of winter sports with the following segments: Snowsport, Outdoor, Health & Fitness and Manufacturing & Supliers. Interesting facts and […]
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European Outdoor Summit – delegate registration now open and new headline sponsor
European Outdoor Summit – delegate registration now open and new headline sponsor   Online delegate registration for the 2018 European Outdoor Summit (EOS) is now open.  EOS will take place from 19-20 September at the Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmӧ Live, in Malmӧ Sweden.  Bookings can be made with an early bird discount rate until […]
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European Outdoor Summit 2019
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 European Outdoor Summit (EOS) will be held in Interlaken, Switzerland, from 26-27 September. Once again, around 300 senior  figures from the outdoor sector will gather for one of the trade calendar’s key events. Full details of the event will be posted on www.europeanoutdoorsummit.com as they are confirmed, […]
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EOCA
EOCA has had a busy and successful start to 2018: Raising double the usual levels of funds at the ISPO trade show Finalising the assessment of record numbers of funding applications Receiving exciting and inspiring reports back from projects currently being funded by the association, and Setting up the next public vote. EOCA was once […]
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#itsgreatoutthere
Aline Bock The #itsgreatoutthere campaign has welcomed its second official ambassador, professional snowboarder Aline Bock from Germany. Aline was crowned Freeride World Tour Champion in 2010 and continues to snowboard professionally – she has just started a six-week snowboarding, surfing and camping adventure in Iceland with fellow snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer that will provide content for […]
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European Outdoor Summit
Save the date – 19th-20th September – Malmö, Sweden The theme and programme for this year’s European Outdoor Summit are taking shape and booking for places at this key event on the calendar will open in due course. The theme of EOS will be ‘Outdoor Digital’ and the summit will explore a variety of interlinked […]
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CSR & Sustainability
EOG publications We have now made available a series of new publications. Recycled Down – a sourcing best practice guide The document is intended as a supporting reference document for all members of the supply chain – producers, agents, suppliers, brands – and aims at creating a common understanding of various aspects of the recycled down supply chain.  The […]
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European Outdoor Group statement on OutDoor and the Vision 2020 process
In response to material that has appeared in the public domain following yesterday’s announcement about the long-term future of the OutDoor trade fair, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) is issuing this statement to clarify some key facts.
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European Outdoor Group members choose Messe München as the new partner for the OutDoor trade fair
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has confirmed that Messe München will be the long-term partner for the OutDoor fair. The decision was made by EOG members in a voting process that ran from 1-7 February, following the presentation of proposals at the association’s Annual Assembly....
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European Outdoor Group 2018 Annual Assembly update
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) held its Annual Assembly ahead of ISPO MUNICH, which was attended by 83 representatives of the brands, retailers, technology brands and national associations that make up its membership. During the meeting, the EOG board and executive updated members on a range of issues, and outlined priorities and plans for 2018....
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#itsgreatoutthere teams up with Unsplash to share outdoor inspiration
As part of the ongoing #itsgreatoutthere campaign, the coalition has teamed up with Unsplash, a website where over 60,000 photographers contribute their work openly and for everyone to use freely.  The two organisations are curating a collection of inspirational images that showcase what the outdoors means to people around the world and are asking the public to contribute....
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Industry unites in the fight against microplastic release from the washing of synthetic textiles
The European Textile and Apparel Confederation (EURATEX), the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.), the European Outdoor Group (EOG), the European Man Made Fibres Association (CIRFS) and the Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) struck an agreement to address the release of microplastic in the aquatic environment. ...
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