Mar 7, 2012

Columbia’s Sandra Cho to Head OIA Sustainability Council; New Council Members Announced

Outdoor Industry Association ® (OIA) announces the appointment of Sandra Cho, corporate responsibility manager of Columbia Sportswear, as chair of the OIA Sustainability Advisory Council (AC). Cho has been very involved with OIA’s sustainability and social responsibility work since 2008. She takes over leadership of the AC from Jill Dumain, director of environmental strategy for Patagonia.

As chair, Cho will help determine priorities and provide guidance for OIA’s Sustainability Working Group and related working groups. She will also oversee weekly AC meetings, and SWG meetings at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshows.

“I am pleased to have Sandra at the helm of the Sustainability Advisory Council,” said Beth Jensen, OIA’s director of corporate responsibility. “She is an industry leader in social responsibility and fair labor, which will be valuable as the OIA SWG further develops leading practices that address environmental and social considerations.”

“I’m honored to be appointed as chair,” said Cho. “Under Dumain’s leadership, we have established ourselves as thought leaders in the field of sustainability and have achieved tremendous collaboration with companies across the supply chain. I’m energized by the members and look forward to leading this group into the next stage.”

In addition to Cho’s appointment as chair, OIA also announces four new Sustainability Advisory Council members:

  • Jeff Nash, Vice President of Engineering Support Services – Black Diamond
  • Chuck Haryslak, Senior Product Development Engineer – Polartec
  • Valerie Bone, Director of Corporate Responsibility – Pacific Market International
  • Dave Petri, Director of Sustainability – Nester Hosiery

Petri joined the OIA SWG in 2009 and has been instrumental in providing his facility and manufacturing perspective to the group. “I am humbled to have been asked to join the OIA Sustainability Advisory Council. I look forward to working with the outdoor industry and its thought leaders as we continue to lead and contribute to the great work we are all doing in environmental and social responsibility,” said Petri.

Haryslak immersed himself in the Eco Index and the SWG in 2009 as co-chair of the Materials Working Group. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. I hope my material selection experiences during the past 16 years at Polartec and as materials co-chair in development of the Eco Index will provide useful insight and direction from a supplier perspective.”

Both Nash and Bone joined the OIA SWG in 2009 and have experience working on various SWG working groups, in addition to many years of industry experience.

The OIA Sustainability Advisory Council includes 11 members from a broad spectrum of large and small outdoor businesses, including suppliers, manufacturers and retailers. Members meet weekly to provide expert advice, guidance and assistance related to corporate responsibility and to help direct the OIA SWG’s work.

For more information about the OIA Sustainability Working Group or the Sustainability Advisory Council, please contact Stephanie Bennett, corporate responsibility manager at OIA.