Sustainable Business Innovation at Outdoor Retailer

Sustainability Working Group Meetings at Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show 2018

Sunday 7/22
Monday 7/23
Tuesday 7/24
Wednesday 7/25
Thursday 7/26
8:00 am - 11:00 am

CMWG Steering Committee Meeting

This meeting is for CMWG Steering Committee Members Only

8:00 am - 10:45 am

Outdoor Industry Higg Index Adoption

Crystal C, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

A first look at the 2017 outdoor industry Higg Index module data, an overview of 2018 outdoor industry adoption stats, and a look at 2019 adoption goals. This session will also include a discussion around how to showcase outdoor industry Higg Index data on the OIA website moving forward.

Detailed agenda: Coming soon

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Climate Solutions: Shared Supplier Project

Crystal C, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

Exploring how outdoor industry brands and suppliers can work together to reduce emissions across global supply chains and take advantage of low-carbon opportunities

As we build out the OIA climate toolkit, we are exploring new and existing projects and programs around renewable energy procurement and carbon reduction to help support outdoor industry companies with their climate strategies and goals. This session will provide a brief overview of the OIA climate program followed by presentations of potential programs designed to help support scope 3 reduction efforts. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss industry needs, review existing programs, and discuss which programs and projects (whether existing or new) will help support industry and company efforts to reduce emissions. (more…)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch + Sustainability Working Group Plenary

Crystal C, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Microfibers Meeting

Crystal C, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Preferred Materials Meeting

Crystal C, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Durable Water Repellents & Flame Retardants Progress Update

Crystal C, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

DWR: A progress update on building a database of currently available alternatives to traditional DWR chemistries, happening via the development of the “Global Report on Availability and Current Uses of Alternatives to PFASs” led by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) – status of report development, contributions from the outdoor industry, publication timeline, and any other relevant next steps.

FR: An overview of the current U.S. state-level regulatory landscape around flame retardants, as well as a report-out on the OIA FR Cohort harmonization effort

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Circular Economy: Hardgoods Recycling Recovery

Crystal B, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center

In an effort to gain a better understanding of what materials may or may not be able to be easily recycled via current consumer waste recovery programs around the United States and Canada, we are currently looking at individual materials commonly used in outdoor products and documenting where and how they are able to be recovered through municipal recycling streams. This session will include a presentation of a first draft landscape map/document detailing the current systems and gaps around recycling recovery and providing a recommendation on next steps. Stainless steel and aluminum will be the first two materials researched as part of this project and will be the focus of this discussion.


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH – State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry

Embassy Suites Denver Downtown

SPEAKERS: Nikki Hodgson, Outdoor Industry Association

LOCATION: Embassy Suites Denver Downtown

DESCRIPTION: Join us as we launch the outdoor industry’s first-ever industry sustainability benchmarking report, looking at how outdoor industry companies of all sizes are tackling supply chain sustainability. For over 10 years, outdoor industry companies have been working together on identifying and scaling the best environmental and social responsibility practices in the supply chain, cementing the industry as a leader in sustainable business. The growth and success of the outdoor industry is intrinsically linked to preserving our outdoor places to recreate and being a good citizen in the communities where our members work and play. This report is OIA’s first attempt to quantify its success in these areas, establishing a baseline against which we can measure our collective performance and provide data-driven guidance to prioritize future initiatives. (more…)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Marketing Sustainability Roundtable

Crystal A, Embassy Suites, Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center