Sustainable Business Innovation at Outdoor Retailer

Sustainability Working Group Meetings at Outdoor + Snow Show 2019

Monday 1/27
Tuesday 1/28
Wednesday 1/29
Thursday 1/30
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Outdoor Industry Aspires to Become Climate Positive: Are You In?

The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Description: Climate change impacts the places we play. It impacts our supply chains, affecting pricing and causing disruptions. It impacts our consumers -especially future generations. There are a lot of uncertainties in our future, but one thing is certain: we have a limited amount of time to reverse the worst impacts of climate change and it’s not a solo mission. It’s going to take every single brand, retailer, and manufacturer in the outdoor industry to measure their emissions, set targets, and work together to meet those targets. But we know that creating an ambitious climate strategy that fits your organization can feel overwhelming. Which is why Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is developing a road map for industry climate action, helping to support members in measuring their emissions, setting targets, and deploying aggressive reduction measures throughout the value chain.

The Outdoor Industry Climate Action Corps invites outdoor companies to blaze a trail towards ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction and collaboratively work across the value chain to ultimately become climate positive. It’s our industry’s commitmentto action -to measure, set goals, drive reductions,participate in advocacy and engage our consumers on this critical issue. For over ten years, the OIA Sustainability Working Group has worked tirelessly to identify best practices and advance the sustainability of our industry. Now it’s time to show that, together, we’re a force for climate action.

Want to take action on climate but unsure where to start? This day is for you!  Already measured your GHG emissions and set a target? Join us to learn and prioritize opportunities to help you meet your targets faster through collaboration. Hear from REI and other industry leaders and experts on why climate change is the biggest existential threat facing the outdoors and the outdoor industry, learn what it takes to sign onto the Climate Action Corps, receive guidance on measuring and reducing your emissions as well as learn from brands and retailers who are leading the way on ambitious climate action.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Establishing Your Restricted Substances List (RSL) Program

The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Description: For many brands, “chemicals management” begins and ends with the selection of a Restricted Substances List (RSL) that limits or bans certain chemicals in finished products. Yet without a system to communicate this list to suppliers, strategically assess materials and identify emerging risks, brands have little ability to ensure compliance to their RSL and regulatory requirements and that their finished products are safe for their end customer. Establishing a system for RSL implementation and identifying opportunities to move beyond compliance are important steps in building an effective chemicals management program. If your brand is looking to get started or further develop your RSL program, this session will provide you the step-by-step guidance, access to experts and an understanding of industry tools that will support this critical stride for your brand.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What Is the Higg Index and How Can It Help Your Company Collect Data, Set Targets and Communicate Sustainability Performance?

The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Presenters: Higg Co., Outdoor Industry Association and Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Description: The Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to accurately measure and score a company’s or product’s sustainability performance. The Higg Index delivers a holistic overview that empowers businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities and the environment. If you’re new to the Higg Index or have questions about how it can help your business measure and communicate your environmental and social performance throughout the value chain, this session will provide an overview of the suite of tools and how companies throughout the supply chain are using them to measure, set targets and reduce impact.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH: Climate Action is Not a Spectator Sport: The Risks of Complacency and the Opportunity for Outdoor Industry Leadership

Colorado Convention Center

Climate Action is Not a Spectator Sport: The Risks of Complacency and the Opportunity for Outdoor Industry Leadership

Get the tools you need to take action now: Come learn about and join the outdoor industry Climate Action Corps.

Presenters: Outdoor Industry Association

DescriptionJoin industry leaders, climate experts, OIA and partners for an introduction to the Climate Action Corps. Hear why smart companies are joining, and how you can take part. The outdoor experience is under threat, our supply chains are at risk, and your customers and employees want to know: what are you doing about climate change? There’s a lot of confusion around what corporate climate action should look like, but this much is clear: We have about 10 years to reverse the worst impacts of climate change. It’s not a solo mission, and every outdoor company needs to take action. But developing an ambitious climate strategy with limited resources can feel overwhelming. That’s why OIA is developing a road map for outdoor industry collective action that will equip your company to be a part of the climate solution, and enable our industry to show unprecedented leadership.

*Please note that box lunches will be first come, first served