Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer

OIA’s Sustainability Working Group wants to make environmental and social best practices in the supply chain a core value in the outdoor industry, which is why we host sustainability events prior to and throughout the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show as well as Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, focused on identifying and scaling best practices in outdoor industry supply chains.

On January 27 and 28, 2020 just prior to Outdoor + Snow Show, we launched the Climate Action Corps to the industry and provided in-depth training on chemicals management and on how the Higg Index can support your sustainability goals. Thank you to everyone who joined us for an education packed and fun filled two days. If you missed it, you can review the session descriptions below. We’re currently developing our next event agendas and will update this page with dates, descriptions, and registration information soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at sustainability@outdoorindustry.org.

THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASPIRES TO BECOME CLIMATE POSITIVE: ARE YOU IN?

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 and learn what it takes to sign onto the Climate Action Corps.

This meeting is for brands, manufacturers and suppliers in the outdoor industry. The meeting is closed to media.

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ESTABLISHING YOUR RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES LIST (RSL) PROGRAM

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. If your brand is looking to get started or further develop your RSL program, this session will provide you step-by-step guidance, access to experts and an understanding of industry tools.

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WHAT IS THE HIGG INDEX AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOUR COMPANY COLLECT DATA, SET TARGETS AND COMMUNICATE SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE?

The Higg Index enables brands, retailers and facilities of all sizes 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, this session is for you.

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OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH: CLIMATE ACTION IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT: THE RISKS OF COMPLACENCY AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUTDOOR INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

Join industry leaders, climate experts, OIA and partners for an introduction to the Climate Action Corps. We have about 10 years to reverse the worst impacts of climate change. Every outdoor company needs to take action, but developing an ambitious climate strategy 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.

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