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Comply Worldwide Webinar Series: Preparing for EU Sustainability Requirements

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The European Commission has passed several pieces of legislation that will impact the apparel, footwear, and outdoor industries worldwide. Companies importing products into Europe will need to comply with rigorous new requirements. These laws may also serve as a model for future requirements closer to home. “Comply Worldwide: Preparing for European Sustainability Requirements” is a webinar series that will teach attendees what legislation is here, what is coming, and how to prepare. Data collection on various sustainability topics is no longer a nice-to-have; it is a must-have to grow – or even keep – your business. We invite you to learn how these regulations impact you now and in the future. 

 

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Intro to European Union Legislative Framework for Sustainable Innovation

June 26 at 10:00AM MT

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The European Union (EU) is cracking down on sustainability in the textile industry. If your outdoor brand is producing products or doing business in the EU, you need to begin your compliance efforts now.

Join our webinar with EU policy and textile industry experts for an overview of the most critical policy files that will impact the textile and fashion industry in the next years, including updated policy timelines and anticipated timelines for compliance for business. Most recently, the EU Commission has proposed a policy framework that would ensure the delivery of the vision laid out in the March 2022 EU Strategy for Sustainable Circular Textiles, which would require all textile products on the EU market to be durable, recyclable, made of recyclable and hazard-free materials, and produced with respect to social and environmental rights. Altogether, this policy framework will drive major shifts in terms of operation, production and corporate governance in the sector. You’ll leave this session with actionable insights on how your brand can best prepare for and comply with upcoming sustainability legislation in the EU and beyond.

Speaker: Pascale Moreau, Founder and Managing Director, Ohana Public Affairs.

 

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Greening the Game: Navigating the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism for Equipment Manufacturers

July 11 at 9:00AM MT

If your company does business in the EU and imports steel, aluminum, iron, electricity, hydrogen, fertilizers, or cement from non-EU countries, you need to be aware of the new rules resulting from the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Regulation issued in May 2023. Beginning in 2026, economic operators will be required to purchase certificates to cover the emissions of these imports. Join our upcoming virtual education session to hear from Foundation of Energy and Security Innovation (FESI) experts about the impacts of this regulation, including which economic operators are currently affected and how your company can take steps to ensure compliance.

Speakers:

Jérôme Pero, FESI Secretary General
Chiara Mingozzi, FESI Junior Sustainability Policy Officer 
Vittoria Salcuni, ZPC Consulting Trade Compliance Project Manager

 
Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) Framework: Product Performance Requirements and Unsold Goods

July 23 at 11:00AM MT

Is your outdoor brand selling textile products in the EU? Join our webinar for a deep dive into the implications of the upcoming Eco-Design for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), which will significantly impact eco-design requirements for textile products sold in the EU. You’ll gain insights from public affairs experts on the key obligations companies must meet, including disclosing the amount of unsold goods and adhering to bans on destroying unsold textile products.

Speaker: Analoli del Cueto, Junior Public Affairs Consultant, Ohana Public Affairs

 
Digital Product Passports (DPPs): The Concept That Will Make Your Products Communicate

August 6 at 10:00AM MT

As defined in the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), a Digital Product Passport to be required on almost every product sold in the EU. Join this webinar to learn what this concept is, when it needs to be implemented, and how it aims to support decarbonization, a circular economy, and value chain traceability. It is recommended to attend the previous webinar on the ESPR for useful context.

Scope of the legislation: Market access legislation – The rules proposed under ESPR, including Digital Product Passports, will apply to all products placed on the EU market, whether produced inside or outside the EU.

Speaker: Jan Merckx, Sustainability Specialist, GS1 Nederland

 
Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) & Forced Labour Regulation: Final Legislation & Implementation Recommendations 

August 22 at 11:00AM MT

It is expected that the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will become a law during the summer with the progressive entry into application starting 2027. This legislation aims to ensure that EU companies and companies with a large turnover in the EU prevent and mitigate human rights and environmental harm within their operations globally.

The Forced Labour legislation requires EU and non-EU companies to know how the products they place in the EU market were manufactured with an implicit due diligence obligation in advance. It is expected this regulation comes into force in 2027.

Speaker: Natalia Yerashevich, Head of Transparency and Supply Chain, Ohana Public Affairs

 
Empowering Consumers and Green Claims Directive: Final Legislation & Implementation Recommendations

September 5 at 11:00AM MT

The European Union is about to finalize two important directives on voluntary sustainability claims: the Empowering Consumers Directive (ECGT) will cover generic claims, whereas Green Claims Directive (GCD) will target explicit environmental claims. The two initiatives will cover B2C claims on the product and company level made on the EU market. During the webinar, we will give a brief overview of obligations that both initiatives will bring for companies. We will present several examples of claims to show which initiative (ECGT or GCD) they would be subject to. Finally, we will give some high-level tips for implementation.

Speaker: Jedrzej Nadolny, Public Affairs Consultant in Transparency and Supply Chain, Ohana Public Affairs

 
Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD): Overview of the Upcoming Reporting Requirements

September 18 at 11:00AM MT

CSRD aims to foster streamlined sustainability reporting via European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). The reporting shall cover environmental impacts, social and human rights, and governance factors, bringing information about the impacts they may cause in the environment and society. The regulation came into force in 2023 and it has a specific transition period (2024 to 2028) depending on the type of business.

Speaker: Jedrzej Nadolny, Public Affairs Consultant in Transparency and Supply Chain, Ohana Public Affairs

 
Product Environmental Footprint (PEF): Regulation Defining Product Impact Measurement

October 1 at 11:00AM MT

Does your company manufacture textile or footwear products? Are you interested in making any claims about the environmental impacts of your products? Join this webinar to get a better understanding of why the PEF initiative was needed, what your business will need to do to make a sustainability claim in Europe, and the methodology for calculating the environmental impacts of your products.

Speaker: Joël Mertens, Director, Higg Product Tools, Cascale

 

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