Outdoor Industry Association

Getting Started with Corporate Responsibility

Get Started with Sustainability

If your company is new to the concept of benchmarking and measuring the sustainability impacts of your products, or you are looking to build the sustainability capacity within your organization, check out these tips to get started.

What is Indexing?

When talking about sustainability, you'll hear a lot about indexing. What exactly does this mean? Indexes are tools that provide a way for companies to benchmark and measure their environmental footprint, identify areas for improvement, and make informed sourcing and product lifecycle decisions. They address sustainability at the product level and help you examine processes throughout your supply chain.

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"We're a supplier for many outdoor brands, so our participation in the OIA Sustainability Working Group is a key aspect of strengthening customer relationships. By actively engaging with industry partners in the SWG, we are able to work alongside our customers in finding solutions to the common challenges facing the entire supply chain and be better prepared to implement them."

-Dave Petri, Director of Sustainability, Nester Hosiery

Are you new to corporate responsibility and sustainability and want to know how to get involved? Here are a few ways to get started:

What’s so special about the OIA Sustainability Working Group effort is that it involves industry competitors sitting at the same table and working together to identify real solutions that companies can use to create more sustainable businesses.

Together as an industry we are developing new practices that can fundamentally change the way we do business and make the world a better place to live, work and play.


Team up with the OIA community and start enjoying the benefits of membership. Provide your staff with the tools to run your business more efficiently and effectively.