Sustainable Business Innovation at Outdoor Retailer

Sustainability Working Group Meetings at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2018

Tuesday 11/6
Wednesday 11/7
Thursday 11/8
Friday 11/9
8:00 am - 11:00 am

CMCOP Steering Committee Meeting

This is a closed meeting for the Chemicals Management Community of Practice’s Steering Committee.

 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Must-Haves for a Successful Sustainability Strategy

Chamber Room, Kevin Taylor, 1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

Do you know what it takes to make true progress on your company’s sustainability efforts? Come and hear from experts on what every brand needs in order to establish or evolve your sustainability strategy. Leave with a better understanding and take-home resources to help you identify the issues that matter most to your business, gain deeper transparency into your supply chain and materials, and plan for action. Plus, we’ll share our favorite hacks for designing and executing your sustainability game-plan for small to mid-sized brands.
Please note, there is a fee in place for this session (prices go up by $50 dollars on 10/13): 

  • OIA Member: $145
  • Non-Member Manufacturer, Distributor, Supplier: $245
  • Non-Member Other: $445
  • FREE FOR OIA SWG LEADERSHIP MEMBERS! Email us at sustainability@outdoorindustry.org to get your code!

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7:00 am - 9:00 am

OIA Sustainability Working Group Leadership Member Breakfast

Denver, Colorado

Please note, this breakfast is for OIA SWG Leadership Members only. To receive your registration comp code, find out if your company is an SWG Leadership Member or to learn more about becoming one, please contact us at sustainability@outdoorindustry.org

Join us for an exclusive SWG Leadership Member Breakfast with OIA’s Executive Director, Amy Roberts. Hear from Amy about the state of sustainability in the outdoor industry, where we’ve been, and where we’re going!

Amy was previously the director of sustainability and a member of the executive leadership team at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) where she guided the Canadian outdoor retailer’s commitment to business and product sustainability and innovation. Prior to joining MEC, Amy worked as the Vice President of Government Affairs for OIA where she managed the outdoor industry’s lobbying efforts focused on trade and recreation. During her time at OIA as VP of Government Affairs, Amy also facilitated the development of the outdoor industry’s Eco Index to measure the environmental footprint of products, and she was heavily involved in the subsequent formation of the HIGG Index tool for broader apparel and footwear industry adoption by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

 

9:00 am - 10:00 am

OIA Sustainability – Welcome and Keynote Speaker

Loft at Kevin Taylor, 1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

Continental breakfast and keynote speaker to kick off the day’s events.
Global Strategy Group
Josh, Chaitin, Senior Vice President and Managing Director

Global Strategy Group is the go-to public affairs, communications, and research partner for companies, causes, and campaigns, working with clients to build their reputations, tackle big challenges, and win. Josh will be speaking about their work to support brand engagement and leadership on environmental and social issues.
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10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Getting Started: Sustainability Standards and Chemicals Management

Loft at Kevin Taylor,1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

This session is designed for organizations who are just beginning to build out their chemicals management program and are looking for guidance on best practices, certifications and standards, and communicating progress to business partners.

Through this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify relevant regulatory requirements and assess chemical risks based on your material portfolio and supply chain.
  • Adopt (or adapt) an existing industry Restricted Substances List (RSL) and incorporate into a broader chemicals management program.
  • Phase out specific substances of concern relevant to the outdoor industry (long-chain PFASs, FR chemicals of concern, etc.).
  • Advance your chemicals management program through industry resources & third-party services.
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Advanced Topics: Climate Change

Chambers Room at Kevin Taylor, 1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

This session will look at advanced topics around climate change and emissions reduction. The target audience for this session is organizations who have adopted the Higg Index or who have a climate strategy already in place.

Discussion topics will include:

  • 2018 OIA Climate Projects Review (Where have we been focusing our efforts, who we have we been working with, project status, Higg Index, target setting, etc)
  • Renewable Energy Overview, Navigant
  • Emerging projects around renewable energy procurement
    • Aggregate Power Purchase Agreements, LevelTen Energy
  • Wrap-up and Next Steps

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

12: 30 – 1:00: Grab lunch + networking

1:00 – 1:30:

  • Updates from the OIA SBI Team, Nikki, OIA
  • Regulatory Updates from the OIA Government Affairs Team, Andrew Pappas, OIA
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Social Responsibility Session

Loft at Kevin Taylor, 1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

Whether you’re just getting started or have a robust social program in place, this session will provide some key updates and new resources. Hear from partner organizations and dig into existing and updated tools.

Through this session, you will learn how to:

  • Understand key social responsibility concepts (Code of Conduct development, implementation, improvement, brand partnerships, etc.)
  • Adopt (or adapt) an existing industry Code of Conduct appropriate to your business and incorporate into a broader social responsibility program.
  • Advance your social responsibility program through industry resources & third-party services.
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Getting Started: Sustainability Standards and Preferred Materials

Loft at Kevin Taylor,1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

This session is designed for organizations who are just beginning to build out their preferred materials strategy and looking for guidance on best practices, certifications and standards, and communicating progress to business partners.

Through this session, you will learn how to:

  • Develop a materials inventory and assess key impacts based on your material portfolio and supply chain.
  • Identify preferred solutions, standards & certifications for highest priority materials and incorporate into a broader preferred materials program.
  • Advance your preferred materials program & product development processes via industry resources & third-party services.
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Advanced Topics: Material Efficiency and End of Life Options

Chambers Room at Kevin Taylor, 1345 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

This session will look at advanced topics around circular economy for both soft goods and hard goods. The target audience for this session is for organizations who have adopted the Higg Index or who have a robust sustainability strategy in place.

Discussion Topics to Include:

  • Waste in the Production Process
    • Textiles and marker efficiency
    • Identifying other production scrap challenges (metal, foam, textile, etc)
  • Metal recycling and infrastructure needs
    • Curbside collection challenges
    • Infrastructure and machinery needs
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specific challenges

 

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

OIA SWG Happy Hour

Denver, Colorado

Venue and details to be shared with attendees closer to the meetings.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

OIA SWG Roundtable Discussions

Quartz room at Hyatt Regency Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

Thursday, November 8, will be dedicated to more informal roundtable discussions.

Please note: all roundtable discussions will be in the Quartz room at Hyatt Regency Convention Center

  • 10:00 – 11:00 am – Footwear Roundtable Discussion
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Ethical and Sustainable Rubber Sourcing Roundtable
    • Learn about opportunities for responsible sourcing in the latex supply chain, as shared by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Items that will be covered include:
      • Risks & impacts in supply chains
      • Current FSC areas & opportunities
      • Certification types & labeling
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Microfibers Roundtable
    • Updates will be provided on the four key initiatives currently in progress around microfiber shedding within the OIA SWG and Microfibers Task Force:
      • Formation of an OIA Microfibers Research Cohort
      • Development of Microfibers Communications Guides for the industry
      • Policy engagement, primarily at the U.S. State level
      • Monitoring of test method development for shedding of fibers and fabrics
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Getting Started: Climate Roundtable Discussion
    • We will be reviewing the Getting Started Guide for Scope 1 Emissions Reduction and answering any questions you might have about getting your climate strategy off the ground.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Marketing Sustainability Roundtable
    • The Higg Index and Consumer-Facing Communications.
      • If your company is adopting or considering adopting the Higg Index, be sure to attend this roundtable discussion to review and discuss the updates from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and timeline for 2019 communication efforts.
      • Please note, this roundtable is intended for marketers representing brands, factories, or retailers.

 

 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Driving Your Sustainability Strategy: How the Higg Index Can Help

Colorado Convention Center - Room 302

PRESENTERS: OIA Sustainable Business Innovation staff

DESCRIPTION: A strategic, holistic approach to sustainability is necessary in today’s marketplace. It inspires better business decisions and can result in cost savings, increased production and operational efficiency, improved brand perception and proactive engagement on emerging issues. But where do you start with developing your sustainability strategy? How do you prioritize issues and manage resources efficiently? (more…)

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