Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer

July 22-26, 2018 - Denver, Colorado

OIA’s Sustainability Working Group wants to make environmental and social best practices in the supply chain a core value in the outdoor industry. The Sunday (July 22) prior to Outdoor Retailer will be dedicated to sustainability meetings focused at identifying and scaling best practices in outdoor industry supply chains. Please join us for an education packed and fun filled day.


The meetings are free of charge, but registration is required.

SWG Meeting Location TBD

Sunday 7/22

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

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

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

Detailed agenda coming soon.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Durable Water Repellents & Flame Retardants Progress Update

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

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.


Monday 7/23

Tuesday 7/24

Wednesday 7/25

Thursday 7/26