Sustainability Snapshot

January 3, 2018

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot

Week of January 1, 2018

OIA Sustainability Working Group Meeting Venue Announced: Thank you all for your patience as we’ve worked to figure out a new venue for our meetings. Please see the updated agenda for all meeting room locations and if you haven’t yet registered, be sure to do that here.

When: January 23 -24, 2018

Where:Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado

Cost: Free! However, registration is still required.

Agenda: Review the agenda here and register today!

Ethical Rubber Sourcing: Meeting, Denver, Thursday, January 25 at 10:00am MT: For those interested in following up on the presentation held at the Sustainability Insights Conference at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, we will be hosting an ethical rubber sourcing meeting to discuss progress and updates as well as next steps and opportunities. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP with Nikki at and she will follow-up with meeting details.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Launches Public Registration for, Extends Discounted Rate for Facilities Through January 31: Please see the following note from the SAC for more details.

“We have launched public registration of and 2,000 facilities have already successfully registered. Due to overwhelming demand on the new platform, we have worked over the past couple of weeks to build a more robust support structure that meets the needs of all new users.

Given this increased demand in support requests, unless it impacts your business operations, we ask that you consider waiting until January 2018 to invite your facilities and supply chain partners to register on While we will have support in place over the holidays to assist users, it will be more limited in scope and requests may take longer to fulfill. In January we will have a full support staff in place to handle the increased volume and will send communications you can leverage to invite your supply chain partners to register on In addition, as a result of the delayed launch for public registration to, we are extending our discount to facilities to pay only $100 through January 31, 2018. On February 1, 2018, registration will increase to $150 per facility module. Brands and retailers, including small and medium-sized enterprises are now also welcome to register on the platform.”


C&A Foundation: Request for Proposals for Circular Business Models: C&A Foundation is looking for innovative ways to bridge the gap in the implementation of circular business models in companies at all levels of the apparel value chain.

C&A Foundation has a budget of EUR 1.5m for this call (maximum budget for one grant proposal is EUR 300k). The proposal may be part of a larger collaboration or programme and leverage other funds. Deadline: February 18, 2018. Applicants must fulfil the criteria outlined in the request for proposals, and use the template provided in the appendix. Applications must be sent to

Reminder: Join the OIA Sustainability Marketing and Communications Working Group For 10 years the Sustainability Working Group has collaborated amongst more than 150 outdoor brands, retailers, suppliers and other stakeholder organizations to work to identify and implement better business practices throughout our shared supply chains. How do brands tell the story of supply chain sustainability in a way that is compelling to their customers? How we make sustainability part of the value proposition? Join your marketing and communications peers to discuss these topics and more through our online platform. Access is free. Set up an account here or email us at to join.


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