Sustainability Working Group Meetings

Sustainability Working Group Meetings at Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show 2018

Tuesday 1/23
Wednesday 1/24
Thursday 1/25
Friday 1/26
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Chemicals Management Working Group Steering Committee Meeting

Hilton, Denver

CMWG Steering Committee Members Only (Contact jcurry@outdoorindustry.org for more information)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Durable Water Repellency (DWR) Task Force

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Denver 3 and 4

The DWR Task Force, under the umbrella of the Chemicals Management Working Group, works to address the use of DWR, align around industry communication and best practices, increase industry knowledge of risks and alternatives. This meeting will be used to discuss research, regulation, and current projects.

Specific agenda items include:

  • Evaluating Alternatives Panel: Presentation and discussion around identifying, vetting & adopting alternatives to DWR and understanding big picture implications (i.e. palm oil, GMO corn, etc.).
    • Panelists: James Rogers (The North Face), Carole-Anne Wilkinson (Gore), Kevin Myette (bluesign), Bob Buck (Chemours)
  • Presentation on latest DWR research, relevant regulations & alternatives related to fluorinated chemistry: Stefan Posner, SWEREA.
  • Review existing task force work plan and discuss next steps
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

OIA & Safer Made present Sustainability Convergence #1: Material + Chemistry Innovation

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Denver 3 and 4

Through the pre-competitive, collaborative OIA Sustainability Working Group (SWG), the outdoor industry is tackling global supply chain sustainability and resiliency challenges that no one company can solve alone. However, solving some of these massive, often nebulous issues will require us to take our multi-stakeholder collaboration efforts to the next level, specifically pursuing interconnectivity not only among supply chain partners, but also among innovators, investors, researchers/academia, and other stakeholders who will be critical partners in helping solve the industry’s collective challenges. (more…)

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Sustainability Working Group – Advanced Projects Working Session

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Advanced Working Session: Preferred Materials Lists Desired Outcomes:

1.) Map existing approaches and determine best practices;
2.) Identify shared gaps/challenges and begin to think about how to collectively solve for them;
3.) Identify shared guidance tools/needs that could be supported by OIA

 

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Higg Index Workshop

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado AB

This workshop, for both new and veteran Higg Index users, will provide an overview on the new Higg Index platform updates as well as adoption campaign updates for both Higg Index Facility and Brand Modules.

Specific agenda items include:

  • Facility Environmental Module (FEM) 3.0: Adoption updates
  • Brand Environmental Module (BEM): Content and launch updates + industry adoption game plan
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Filling the Void: Taking on Global Warming When Our Country Isn’t

Hyatt Regency - Capitol Ballroom

This session is not officially part of the SWG meetings, but because of its relevance to our work, we wanted to include it in this agenda for anyone who is interested in attending. This session is part of the SIA Industry Intelligence Day and will be held at the Hyatt Regency (0.4 miles from the Hilton). For a description of the panel (which includes representatives from OIA, Protect Our Winters, SIA, New Belgium Brewing, and PMI), click here. 

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Outdoor Industry Sustainability Trends Report

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado AB

Higg Index 2016 module and OIA industry-wide sustainability survey results will be showcased in our upcoming industry sustainability trends report, slated to be released at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Working Lunch

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado E

  • OIA Sustainability Working Group Strategic Plan Briefing
  • OIA Government Affairs Policy Briefing
  • Social and Labor Convergence Project Briefing
  • Textile Exchange Status Update
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Sustainability Learnings from Other Industries

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado E

Join us for this panel discussion with various experts from other industries beyond the outdoor sector, to talk about shared supply chain sustainability challenges and hear how other industries are approaching them.

  • Evelyn Ritter, Herman Miller
  • Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Renewable Raw Materials Briefing

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado G

Touted as a solution to minimize fossil fuel dependency, renewable materials are increasing in demand globally. Sourced from plants and animals that can be replenished in a human’s lifetime, renewable raw materials range from cotton to palm oil and offer a multitude of benefits. However, when impacts on land use, biodiversity & nearby communities are considered, they are not always a more sustainable option. Thus, how these materials are created (i.e. agricultural practices) & the transparency of these supply chains matter. This session will provide an introduction into renewable plant-based materials and how the outdoor industry can leverage existing efforts to source renewable materials that are both traceable and sustainable.

Speaker: Dan Strechay, RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Flame Retardants Task Force + Status Update

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado HI

The FR Task Force, under the umbrella of the Chemicals Management Working Group, works to address the use of FR, align around industry communication and best practices, increase industry knowledge of risks and alternatives. This meeting will be used to discuss research, regulation, and current projects.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

THE HIGG INDEX: ASSESSING, MEASURING, AND COMMUNICATING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Hyatt Regency - Capitol Ballroom

PRESENTER: Nikki Hodgson, Outdoor Industry Association & Burton Snowboards

Join the 130 outdoor industry companies that are already using the Higg Index to measure and communicate their sustainability practices. Whether you’re in the business of apparel, footwear, accessories, or equipment, Outdoor Industry Association invites you to attend this session and learn more about the Higg Index suite of tools and how they can help your company. We’ll also present the first-ever snapshot of outdoor industry sustainability performance, using 2016 Higg Index data.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Microfibers Task Force

Hilton Denver City Center at 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado

Room: Colorado HI

This facilitated working group discussion will continue to build on the emerging research around microfibers and working to establish a better understanding of the outdoor industry’s impact and leverage points. Desired meeting outcome: Exchange information and research updates, identify collaboration opportunities, and prioritize industry action items.

Specific agenda items include

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Marketing Sustainability Roundtable

Denver 5, Hilton Denver City Center

Location: Denver 5, Hilton Denver City Center

 

WANTED!  Marketing Minds

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 their investment in and work on the Higg Index that is compelling to their customers? In short, how do we make sustainability part of the value proposition?

Higg Index Transparency Update with Elena Kocherovsky, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The SAC has just finished a series of pilots gauging reaction to and understanding of on-product Higg Index Marketing materials. Following the update, we’ll discuss impressions on marketing the Higg Index and sustainable supply chain management.

 

Incorporating Sustainability into Brand and Product Marketing

Many brands are far along the journey of communicating the sustainability value proposition to their customers.

How do these examples speak to you as a marketer? How to they speak to consumers? OIA is interested in creating marketing toolkits as consistent and scalable resources for brands as they build out their sustainability marketing strategy. What tools would be most valuable to your brand? How can we help you translate the value of Higg Index engagement to sales reps, retailers and end consumers?

 

The Chain Effect: A Sustainable Supply Chain Series

 With the help of filmmaker, Ben Duke and producer, Johnny Alamo, OIA’s marketing and SBI teams are embarking on a series of consumer facing digital films that will explore where specific outdoor products come from and why people should care about where these products come from. Via positive but transparent storytelling, the series intent is to convey successes and challenges of supply chain management through the eyes of athletes and everyday users of these products.

Johnny Alamo will present the pitch deck and work plan for executing this series.