Sustainability Insights Conference

July 21-22, 2018 - Salt Lake City, Utah

OIA’s Sustainability Working Group wants to make environmental and social best practices in the supply chain a core value in the outdoor industry. Monday prior to Outdoor Retailer will be dedicated to sustainability best practices. Please join us for these education packed and fun filled days.

Sustainability Working Group Meetings: January 23-24, 2018
The meetings are free of charge, but registration is required.


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Sustainability Insights Conference: Summer 2018
(agenda and details coming soon, scroll below to see last year’s agenda)

Free for SWG Leadership members. Discounted rate for OIA members.


2017 Sustainability Insights Conference Schedule


Monday, July 24 – OIA Sustainability Working Group Meetings

8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Chemicals Management Steering Committee Meeting (Steering Committee members only)
1:00  – 3:00 p.m. Flame Retardants Meeting
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.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Circular Economy Microfibers and Ocean Plastics: Industry Collaboration and Next Steps
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.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Equipment and Hardgoods Working Group Meeting
This meeting will be used to further develop a working plan and articulate next steps on addressing data gaps and needs for companies manufacturing equipment and hard goods.


Tuesday, July 25 – OIA Sustainability Insights Conference

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Climate Change – Mitigating Impacts in the Supply Chain
Learn from companies who are implementing tangible operational initiatives internally to address climate change in the supply chain.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Ethical Rubber Sourcing
Zachary Angelini of Timberland and Samantha St.Pierre of the Rainforest Alliance will be presenting some of the challenges in the rubber supply chain as well as projects underway to help increase transparency and mitigate deforestation.
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Sustainable Packaging Trends
When it comes to outdoor industry benchmarking within the Higg Index, packaging is an area with ample room for improvement. Adam Gendell of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition will be presenting sustainable packaging trends and providing insight on where the industry could focus its efforts.
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Learnings from Other Industries
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Chemicals Substitution Panel
Functional chemical finishes provide valuable performance to outdoor products such as apparel. But when the opportunity to move to a new chemical technology arises, what’s it take to make the change? This panel will discuss the challenges of accomplishing the substitution of a functional chemical finish from the point of view of a retailer, brand, mill (supplier), and chemical supplier. Come learn what each has to do and what needs to be done together to succeed.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Sustainability Working Group Plenary
Partner Programs, Beth Jensen, OIA
Policy Updates, Andrew Pappas, OIA
Animal Welfare Standards Updates, Textile Exchange
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Higg Index: You’ve done the assessment, now what?
Benchmark. Plan. Take Action. You will leave this session with practical guidance on how to set sustainability goals that stick, develop plans that deliver results, and hear from peers on how to improve performance.
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Higg Index: Product Tools Demo + Discussion
This session will provide an overview and demo of the MSI and DDM as well as specific examples of how companies are using these tools to implement changes in their overall materials strategy.