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Sustainability Insights Conference July 24–25, 2017 · Salt Lake City, Utah

OIA Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer

July 24 -25, 2017

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: July 24th 2017
The meetings are free of charge, but registration is required.

Sustainability Insights Conference: July 25th 2017
Free for SWG Leadership members. Discounted rate for OIA members.


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Monday, July 24 - OIA Sustainability Working Group Meetings - Marriott Downtown at City Creek
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Chemicals Management Steering Committee Meeting (Steering Committee members only)
1:00  - 3:00 p.m. Flame Retardants Meeting, Deer Valley II-III  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. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Circular Economy, Salon D This session brought to you by the Circular Economy Working Group will include a short presentation on macro trends in the circular economy and a working session to map the circular supply chains for all attendees. Attendees will leave with an understanding of where they sit within a circular economy, who their partners are and what opportunities for circular business models there are. 
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Microfibers and Ocean Plastics: Industry Collaboration and Next Steps, Salon D 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.   _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Equipment and Hardgoods Working Group Meeting, Deer Valley II-III  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 - Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salon D
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.  Climate Change - Mitigating Impacts in the Supply Chain and Operations: Learn from companies who are implementing tangible operational initiatives internally to address climate change in the supply chain and their operations.
9:15 a.m. - 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 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:15 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.
11:15 - 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: 
  • Animal Welfare Standards Updates, Textile Exchange
  • Partner Programs, Beth Jensen, OIA
  • Policy Updates, Andrew Pappas, OIA
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Higg Index: You’ve done the assessment, now what? (Salon A/B) 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 (Salon A/B) 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.