Outdoor Industry Association

Chemicals Management Module

Free Webinar to Get You Started

OIA presented a free webinar on the Chemicals Management Framework to introduce companies to the new tool. A recording is now available on our website. Watch it to learn why you should use the CM Framework, how it functions, and what the benefits are to you and your company by engaging in the CM Framework pilot program.

This webinar served as the launch of the public pilot program of the CM Framework, a groundbreaking tool that has been developed over the past year by the OIA Chemicals Management Working Group.

Watch the webinar today.

If you think you can turn a blind eye to more proactive chemicals management in your supply chain and final products, think again. The good news is, we have a tool for you: The Chemicals Management Module. 

What is the Chemicals Management Module?

The Chemicals Management Module (CMM) is a groundbreaking roadmap for companies to benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve chemicals management processes as part of an overall corporate management system. It provides a shared strategic guide for companies in the outdoor and fashion industries — and beyond — to better manage chemicals they use to create products.

The CMM indicators will be integrated into the Higg Index —the apparel index tool that the OIA helped develop — in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, to bolster the chemicals management portion of the Index.


The CMM is organized into seven primary objectives that form the building blocks of a robust chemicals management strategy. Within each primary objective is a set of indicators that serve as a checklist of business processes and procedures. The indicators are grouped into 3 levels of action to enable any company to use the Module immediately, and to support continuous improvement: “Foundational”, “Progressive” and “Aspirational.” 

Download the Chemicals Management Module Toolkit

You can register, download and begin using the Chemicals Management Module. Registration is free and all users agree to the terms of use at the bottom of this page. Before you begin using the CMM, please read the “Introduction to the Chemicals Management Module." To get started, download the Action Plan Template and click here to access the introductory webinar. 

Questions? Email sustainability@outdoorindustry.org

Special Recognition

The following members of the OIA Chemicals Management Working Group have been instrumental in developing the CMM tool:

  • Bob Buck, DuPont
  • Libby Sommer, US EPA
  • Todd Copeland, Patagonia
  • Kevin Myette, REI
  • Greg Scott, MEC
  • Jamie Bainbridge, nau
  • Jeff Wilson, Quiksilver/independent
  • Tommy Thompson, Hanes Brands
  • Mark Rossi, BizNGO
  • James Ewell, GreenBlue

Special thanks also goes to Amy Horton, CMWG Project Manager.

Terms of Use

The CMM Excel tool (the “Tool”) and its entire contents, features and functionality, including without limitation all information, software, text, displays, images, video and audio (the “Content”), and the design, selection and arrangement thereof, are proprietary to Outdoor Industry Association or its content suppliers and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws. You may not copy, modify, create derivative works of, display, perform, or in any way exploit, any of the Content, in whole or in part.

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