Materials Traceability Tools - Outdoor Industry Association

Materials Traceability Tools

The ability to trace and communicate raw material’s paths through supply chains is key to ensuring product quality and integrity. Whether it’s ensuring the ethical sourcing of key outdoor/performance materials such as down or wool, or being able to verify content claims around any material, the following tools can help companies put systems in place to increase traceability throughout their supply chain.

Materials Traceability Tools and Resources

Developed by Textile Exchange, in partnership with the OIA Materials Traceability Working Group, the CCS allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of materials content claims on products, which enables companies to use third-party certification to verify content claims on final products, increasing transparency and consumer trust.

  • Organic Content Standard
    • The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a standard for tracking and verifying the content of organically grown materials in a final product.

Based on the development of the Content Claim Standard, the OCS was written by Textile Exchange with support from the OIA Materials Traceability Working Group.

  • Down — The outdoor industry uses down as part of a balanced portfolio of both natural and synthetic fibers.  As with any fiber that is an animal byproduct, the industry is committed to ensuring that the down it is sourcing is being produced using responsible and ethical practices, and leveraging its presence in the down supply chain to collaborate with all involved stakeholders to achieve these best practices at scale.
    • OIA Down Task Force
      • In 2012, in partnership with other global organizations including Textile Exchange, the European Outdoor Group, and the German Sporting Goods Association, a Down Task Force was established under the umbrella of the OIA Sustainability Working Group. This group, representing brands, retailers, suppliers, and other stakeholders across the global down supply chain, works to establish a shared understanding of the traceability challenges within the global down supply chain, leverage best industry practices, and identify common reference points.
    • Industry Use of Down — Backgrounder and Fact Sheet
    • Animal Welfare Guidelines (coming soon!)
  • Wool — The outdoor industry uses wool as part of a balanced portfolio of both natural and synthetic fibers.  As with any fiber that is an animal byproduct, the industry is committed to ensuring that the wool it is sourcing is being produced using responsible and ethical practices, and leveraging its presence in the wool supply chain to collaborate with all involved stakeholders to achieve these best practices at scale.
    • OIA Wool Task Force
      • In partnership with Textile Exchange, a Wool Task Force was convened in 2012 under the umbrella of the OIA Sustainability Working Group. This group, representing brands, retailers, suppliers, and other stakeholders across the global wool supply chain, works to establish a shared understanding of the traceability challenges within the wool supply chain, leverage best industry practices, and identify common reference points.
    • Industry Use of Wool – Backgrounder and Fact Sheet
    • Animal Welfare Guidelines (coming soon!)