Four Climate Actions Your Company Can Do Right Now

Are you feeling the urgency to act on climate but unsure how and where to get started? Keep reading. Change starts here.

By Nikki Hodgson September 19, 2019

Corporate climate action can be complicated. We know that for most outdoor products, the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with our supply chains — the raw-material extraction and cultivation, processing, and assembly stages (Scope 3). But operational emissions — company owned building, vehicles, the energy you purchase, etc. (Scope 1 + 2) — can be important places to start when learning which emissions to track and how. They’re also good places to uncover some quick wins while you work toward managing and reducing the emissions in your supply chain. Here are seven things you can do immediately and over a period of just a few months to begin forging a path.

1) Join the Climate Action Corps

2) Adopt the Higg Index. Whether you’re a brand, retailer, supplier or designer, the Higg Index facility and product tools (brand and retailer tools coming in early 2020), can help you measure your emissions and provide the data needed to set targets and develop action plans. OIA members and OIA Sustainability Working Group Contributing Members receive discounted access. Contact us at to learn more.

3) Enroll in the Apparel Impact Institute’s (Aii) Mill Impact Initiative. Aii helps textile mills of any size or type and in any location to minimize their environmental footprint. Top mills participating in the program have reduced CO2 by 10 percent and report an average of $440K annual return in savings.

4) Sign the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. The charter is industry-led and open to a wide group of stakeholders. Signatories have set an initial target to reduce their aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2050. The charter is supported by a range of relevant organizations and NGOs, including OIA. It aims to drive climate action in the fashion sector, complementing and supporting other industry initiatives. By signing on, organizations confirm their commitment to address climate change and their willingness to step up collaboration within and beyond the fashion sector toward a cleaner, low-carbon future. Click here to learn more.