Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer

November 6-9, 2018 - Kevin Taylor, 650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

OIA’s Sustainability Working Group wants to make environmental and social best practices in the supply chain a core value in the outdoor industry. November 6 and 7, just prior to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, will be dedicated to sustainability meetings, speakers, and workshops focused at identifying and scaling best practices in outdoor industry supply chains. Please join us for an education packed and fun filled two days.

REGISTER TODAY!

All meetings are free, EXCEPT the afternoon workshop on November 6. (If you are an OIA Sustainability Working Group Leadership Member, please contact us at sustainability@outdoorindustry.org to get your comp code).

 

Tuesday 11/6

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

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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Wednesday 11/7

7:00 am - 9:00 am
OIA Sustainability Working Group Leadership Member Breakfast

This event is for OIA SWG Leadership Members Only.

To learn more about OIA SWG Leadership Membership or to verify if your company is an OIA SWG Leadership Member, please contact us at sustainability@outdoorindustry.org

9:00 am - 10:00 am
OIA Sustainability – Welcome and Keynote Speaker

Continental breakfast and keynote speaker to kick off the day’s events.

Detailed agenda to come shortly.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Getting Started: Sustainability Standards and Chemicals Management

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

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, where are we going, etc)
  • Review Getting Started Guides for Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction
  • Emerging projects around renewable energy procurement:
    • Aggregate Power Purchase Agreements
  • Using the Higg Index FEM to assess and address Scope 3
  • Science-Based Targets and SMEs: Challenges, opportunities, and can we make it work? What needs to happen for SMEs to participate in this process (guidance, collaborative projects, etc)?

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch and Networking

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 11/8

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
OIA SWG Roundtable Discussions

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

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am – Flame Retardant Cohort Meeting
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am – Footwear Roundtable Discussion
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Ethical 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.

 

 

Friday 11/9

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Driving Your Sustainability Strategy: How the Higg Index Can Help

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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