Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer

July 22-23, 2018 - Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center, 1420 Stout Street, 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.


Sunday 7/22

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.


8:00 am - 10:45 am
Outdoor Industry Higg Index Adoption

A first look at the 2017 outdoor industry Higg Index Facility Environmental Module data, an update on the Social and Labor Convergence Project (SLCP), an overview of the Higg Brand and Retail Module pilot, and a more information on the access model and adoption cadence for 2019. This session will primarily focus on providing an overview of what to expect from the BRM pilot, including updated content, upcoming trainings, and deadline. (more…)

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

As we build out the OIA climate toolkit, we are exploring new and existing projects and programs around renewable energy procurement and carbon reduction to help support outdoor industry companies with their climate strategies and goals. This session will provide a brief overview of the OIA climate program followed by presentations of potential programs designed to help support scope 3 reduction efforts. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss industry needs, review existing programs, and discuss which programs and projects (whether existing or new) will help support industry and company efforts to reduce emissions. (more…)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Microfibers Meeting


  • Brief introduction and level-setting
  • Research
    • Newly launched research map – reference tool created by Sophie Mather, biov8tion
    • Updates on specific research projects
    • Launch of OIA Microfibers Research Cohort – collaborative effort with EOG Microfibres Consortium
  • Communications
    • Overview of project work currently happening
    • Gather attendee input: key points needing clarity for consumers
    • Next steps
  • Test Method Development
    • Updates on AATCC and ASTM committee work
  • Policy
    • Updates
    • Strategy development
  • Other Business
  • Adjourn


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Preferred Materials Meeting

PRESENTERS: Nova Sayers, NSF International; Brad Boren, Norrona – chair of TE’s Biosynthetics WG; Elissa Foster, Patagonia

Defined as fibers, materials or product that have been recognized by their more sustainable properties (criteria around lower impacts, traceability mechanisms & tested/verified), the industry continues to assess & identify new areas of Preferred Materials and improve the measurement, management & integration of existing ones. In this session, we’ll hear brief updates on NSF’s Regenerative Organic Standard and Textile Exchange’s Biosynthetics Working Group, as well as ongoing developments in hemp & natural rubber. We will also work to discuss and align around key outdoor industry projects on Preferred Materials for the coming year.

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

Durable Water Repellents Needs (4:00p) The topic of DWR continues to evolve as brands work to identify, assess & adopt alternatives for long-chain and short-chain fluorinated chemistries, prompted by new regulations, available hazard data & alternative solutions coming to market. However, the majority of the industry remains challenged to fully replace all fluorinated chemistries currently in use for DWR treatments. During this session we’ll discuss these barriers for brands and suppliers, as well as collect input on a proposal to address the need for high-level guidance on transitioning and key learnings on substitution trade-offs and challenges to be aware of.

Flame Retardant Update (4:45p) 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 support and drive the industry toward a circular economy, we are currently evaluating the existing landscape of recycling recovery for hardgoods products at end-of-life. This session will focus on the first group of materials that are commonly used in outdoor hardgoods products: metals including stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum. We will share our findings about the current state of waste recovery programs in the United States, identify the key system gaps around recycling recovery, and discuss potential opportunities for leveraging industry collaboration to improve circularity.

Monday 7/23

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH – State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry

PRESENTERS: Danielle Cresswell, Klean Kanteen; James Rogers, The North Face; Matt Thurston, REI


Join us as we launch the outdoor industry’s first-ever industry sustainability benchmarking report, looking at how outdoor industry companies of all sizes are tackling supply chain sustainability. For over 10 years, outdoor industry companies have been working together on identifying and scaling the best environmental and social responsibility practices in the supply chain, cementing the industry as a leader in sustainable business. The growth and success of the outdoor industry is intrinsically linked to preserving our outdoor places to recreate and being a good citizen in the communities where our members work and play. This report is OIA’s first attempt to quantify its success in these areas, establishing a baseline against which we can measure our collective performance and provide data-driven guidance to prioritize future initiatives.


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you a brand that sells your products at REI? Have questions about the recently released REI Product Sustainability Standards, or about how your company can improve your sustainability practices? Want to connect with organizations that can support your company on your product sustainability journey? Join REI, the Outdoor Industry Association, and a select group of sustainability-focused organizations for an afternoon open house focused on learning and networking.


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Marketing Sustainability Roundtable

Roundtable Agenda: 

  • Leading in Sustainable Business: The State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry Report: Introduced at the OIA Day 1 Lunchjust preceding the marketing roundtable, this comprehensive report benchmarks the industry’s sustainability efforts, allows companies to see how they compare to other companies of their size and measures the adoption of OIA’s tools and partnerships. We’ll spend some time gauging reaction and reviewing highlights of the report.


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reducing vs. Offsetting: Sustainability & the Supply Chain

Annie Nyborg, Peak Design Director of Sustainability

Dr. Jesse Daystar, Cotton Inc., Chief Sustainability Officer
James Rogers, The North Face, Director of Sustainability
Beth Jensen, OIA / Sustainability Working Group
Adam Fetcher – VP of Environmental Impact & Policy for Askov Finlayson
“Big Tony”, Volcom Global VP, Supply Chain & Compliance