Sustainability Snapshot

November 13, 2017

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot

Week of November 13, 2017

We’re excited to announce our upcoming webinar series: “Digging into Sustainability: Tactical Tools for Your Brand.” Join us for the following three webinars to learn more about implementing sustainable materials and chemicals management programs. These webinars will formally introduce the Getting Started Guides — collaboratively developed by the OIA Sustainability Working Group and intended to provide guidance and training for both brands and suppliers. Learn from outdoor industry brands who have been implementing successful sustainable materials and chemicals management programs and gain insight on how to establish or improve your own!


Getting Started: Sustainable Materials & MEC Case study (Fri, November 17 @ 10a-10:30a MT)

From humble beginnings, MEC has developed a successful sustainable materials program. Learn more about the steps it took to evolve the program to what it is today and how to get your program off the ground and running.

Getting Started: Chemicals Management (Wed, November 29 @ 10a-10:30a MT)

What is chemicals management and why does it matter to my brand? Where do I start? Learn more about the foundational actions you can take to establish and continue to advance a robust chemicals management program.


Deep Dive: Chemicals Management Guide & Training for Manufacturers (Wed, December 6 @10a-11a MT)

For brands who already have clear chemicals management supply chain policies in place, the Chemicals Management Guide & Training for Manufacturers is for you. OIA has partnered with Sumerra and several collaborating brands to create this free, comprehensive and publicly available tool that takes shape through a reference manual, training modules and activities. The guide has been designed to be used by brands and suppliers, in part or in whole, and for any product in any “tier,” either independently or in collaboration with qualified third-party trainers. Additionally, Simplified Chinese & Vietnamese translations will become available in early 2018. Learn more about why and how this guidance was created, intended usage and examples, and your opportunities to provide feedback.



Register for the OIA Sustainability Working Group Meetings at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Registration for the OIA SWG Meetings at OR Winter Market is now open! OIA’s Sustainability Working Group wants to make environmental and social best practices in the supply chain a core value in the outdoor industry. The two days prior to Outdoor Retailer will be dedicated to sustainability working group meetings. Please join us for these education packed and fun filled days.

When: January 23 -24, 2018

Where: Denver, Colorado (hotel venue TBD)

Cost: Free! However, registration is still required.

Agenda: Review the agenda here and register today!


Higg FEM 3.0 Launch: The  Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM 3.0) has launched). Facilities who previously had a account can now access the new platform. All other facilities and brands must wait until December 1 to access. See last week’s Snapshot for more details.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at If you haven’t already joined the outdoor industry Higg Index adoption group, you can do so here.


New Report from GreenBlue on PET Textile Recycling

Access the recently released report from GreenBlue that examines the opportunities and challenges of recycling pre and post-consumer PET textiles in the context of four industry sectors: apparel, contract textiles, carpet, and contract office furniture. “Chemical Recycling: Making Fiber to Fiber Recycling a Reality for Polyester Textiles.”


Textile Exchange Responsible Leather Updates

For those who were unable to participate in the recent Textile Exchange Responsible Leather Stakeholder call, the meeting notes, presentation slides, and a recording of the call can be found at:

Textile Exchange is also requesting participation in a brief survey to help guide this work as we move into 2018. Please note, you must have been on the call or have watched the recording before completing the survey. Details from TE below. Textile Exchange Responsible Leather Survey – Deadline to submit: Friday, November 17th at 4:00 PM EST:


Missed it last week?

  • The Social and & Labor Convergence Project: Public ConsultationThe Social and & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) slconvergence.orgwill launch an online public consultation aimed at gathering inputs from external stakeholders on its assessment framework.  The consultation will run from November 6, 2017 to December 4, 2017. View the announcement and invitation here.









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