Webinar: Collective Action on Outdoor Access, Conservation, and Trade: Unveiling OIA’s 2023 Policy Agenda

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Live Date: May 11, 2023 at 12 pm MT

On behalf of, and in partnership with our members, OIA builds and mobilizes advocacy networks on intersectional issues of equitable access, trade, climate, and conservation policies for incentives and funding at the federal and state level to create jobs, invest in recreation infrastructure, save money, expand outdoor access for all, and protect our environment.  
After a successful fly-in in Washington, D.C. in April, join OIA’s government affairs team as we formally launch our 2023 federal and state and local policy agenda. In this session, we’ll cover recent wins for the outdoor industry and our goals and advocacy campaigns for 2023. We’ll share how you and your company can engage policy makers to tell your stories, ask for resources, represent our industry’s values, for the long-term health of both the outdoors, outdoor participants, and company bottom lines.

Together we are a force for collective action. Join us.

Webinar: Giving your Outdoor Company a Competitive Edge By Using IP Protection Strategies

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Live Date: May 17, 2023 at 1 pm MT

Innovation is key to growth, especially for companies in the outdoor industry where upgrades and improvements are vital to survival in today’s market. Once you have harnessed that innovation, the next critical step is making sure to protect your work and your brand from all angles. Intellectual property strategies can give your company a competitive edge, but it’s important to understand which one is right for your unique business and products. Maschoff Brennan Shareholder Paul Johnson will discuss:

  • Utility patents
  • Trademarks
  • Design patents
  • Trade Secrets

Webinar: Trailblazing Through Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Outdoor Industries

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Live Date: May 3, 2023 at 1 pm MT

With an ever-changing legal landscape, data can be a land of opportunity or a serious liability. In this webinar, Ballard Spahr’s privacy attorneys provide an overview of the state of the law, highlight regulatory and litigation trends, examine vulnerabilities relating to common cookies and analytical tools, and discuss the mechanics and legal implications of data connectivity and digital marketplaces that are growing in popularity.


Greg Szewczyk is a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Denver and Boulder offices and a Practice Co-Leader of the Privacy and Data Security Group. Greg leverages over a decade of experience in high stakes litigation to help companies assess risk and comply with the ever expanding patchwork of state, federal, and international privacy and data security statutes and regulations.

Kelsey Fayer is an associate in Ballard Spahr’s Litigation Department, focusing her practice in the Privacy and Data Security Group. Kelsey assists clients in complying with various privacy and data security laws, including the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), the Connecticut Data Privacy Act (CTDPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR), the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK[1]GDPR), the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA), the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the China Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), the Canada Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and Mexico’s Federal Law on the Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties.

Webinar: Discover Discounted Climate and Sustainability Consulting Services with Shift Advantage

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Outdoor Industry Association and Shift Advantage are pleased to announce that Shift Advantage is now an official partner of OIA’s Climate Action Corps, supporting OIA members on their climate journey. With this new Shift Advantage partnership, OIA/CAC members can now save up to 15% on sustainability consulting.*

Join us to learn more about Shift Advantage and the services they provide which include:

  • GHG inventories, carbon reduction planning, and climate strategies
  • Climate risk/opportunity assessments
  • Setting Science-Based Targets (SBTs)
  • Higg assessments (LCAs)/footprint and improvement strategies
  • Metrics & KPI development
  • Supply chain sustainability initiative and assessments
  • Chemistry programs; employee trainings and engagements
  • B Corp certification
  • Sustainability/ESG reports aligned with GRI, CDP, SASB and TCFD requirements

Shift has an experienced team of climate and sustainability leaders from the outdoor, apparel, and footwear industry, and they have supported dozens of outdoor-related brands and suppliers on their climate action journey over the last two decades. They utilize corporate responsibility and sustainability expertise to empower brands to meet new market demands, reduce costs, create competitive advantage, and foster long-term growth for brands of all sizes.

*Savings vary per member and their individual consulting agreement. Please reach out to Shift Advantage to confirm your savings amount.

Webinar: Achieving your 2023 ESG goals: measure and manage your sustainability impact

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Date: January 19, 2023 at 1 pm MT

Are you preparing for your 2023 ESG goals, but unsure where to start? Join this OIA-sponsored session to learn how you can work towards your ESG goals using the Higg sustainability insights platform. In this educational webinar open to all OIA members, Higg will provide an overview and demonstration of the key tools and platform features to help you get started measuring and managing supply chain sustainability. Learn how you can make the most of your sustainability data through supplier engagement, primary data collection, and analytics. Higg is proud to support OIA members in their sustainability journeys with OIA-only discounts and benefits designed to drive uniform measurement and progress in the outdoor industry. Takeaways (why should you participate?): The session is ideal for OIA members who are new to Higg and looking for sustainability solutions to help meet their ESG goals, as well as for current Higg users who want to get more out of Higg’s management tools and maximize primary data when using the platform. You’ll leave this session with clear next steps to measure and manage your value chain impacts.
About Higg

Higg is the sustainability insights platform for consumer goods business—delivering software and services for measuring, managing, and sharing supply chain performance data.

From materials to products, from facilities to stores, from emission to working conditions, Higg unlocks a complete view of a business’s social and environmental impact.

Launched in 2019 as a public-benefit corporation, Higg is trusted by brands, retailers, and manufacturers to provide the single source of environmental, sustainability, and governance intelligence they need to accelerate progress. Learn more at www.higg.com.


PFAS: Navigating the Future of Policy, Compliance, and Phase-Out

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This webinar recording and associated resources are for OIA and PeopleForBikes members only. Please do not share outside your organization. Live Webinar Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12 – 1:30 PM MDT
  Read the full Q+A with answers from our speakers. Additional helpful links:   Speakers: James Pollack, Regulatory Lawyer, Marten Law Todd Copeland, Sustainability Consultant, Copeland Consultancy Panelists: Laura Hoch, Material Innovation, Patagonia Kirk Richardson, Business Director, KEEN Lauren Hood, Sustainability Manager, KEEN Jeff Turner, Director of Sales, Kokatat      

Webinar: Sustainable Packaging Solutions for the Outdoor Industry

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Watch on demand! Live Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 12 – 1 pm MT

Consumers are more aware of packaging waste than ever before, and sustainable packaging is seen not only as a reflection of your company’s commitment to the environment but also as a key brand attribute. If you’re confused by sustainable packaging vernacular or how to begin, you’re not alone. Join sustainable packaging experts Wes Carter and Caroline James for an informative webinar with other members of OIA to learn how to meet this demand while developing a plan that’s based on your unique business and sustainability goals. During the webinar, we’ll touch on the following:

  • What you need to know about the plastic waste crisis
  • How to begin your company’s sustainable packaging journey
  • Balancing priorities: minimizing carbon footprint while reducing waste
  • Recyclable vs. Compostable: when to choose which type of packaging
  • The role of fiber-based packaging
  • Brook Hopper – Head of Business Development, Outdoor – A New Earth Project
  • Wes Carter – Founder, A New Earth Project, President of Atlantic Packaging
  • Caroline James – Director of Sustainability, A New Earth Project and Atlantic Packaging
  About A New Earth Project

An initiative of Atlantic Packaging, A New Earth Project is a coalition of outdoor enthusiasts, industry-leading brands, and innovative, environmentally conscious packaging suppliers to find and scale sustainable packaging solutions to stop plastic pollution from ending up in the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers. As a catalyst to build awareness, increase education and inspire action, A New Earth Project brings together the voices of ocean and water advocacy and the global supply chain to solve these problems while providing sustainable packaging solutions for brands of all sizes. It’s about all of us, it has to be.


Webinar: Building Fair Chance Hiring Into Your Hiring and DEI Strategies

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Join the Colorado Fair Chance Hiring Initiative and fair chance hiring experts from across the country to learn about the concept of fair chance hiring, why it matters, and the steps your company can take to implement these practices.

An estimated 70 million people in the United States—nearly one in three adults—have a prior arrest or conviction record. And that criminal record can follow a person for decades, long after they’ve served their time and paid their debt to society. Fair chance hiring is built on the premise that everyone, regardless of their background, has the right to be fairly assessed for a role they are qualified for. Companies that practice fair chance hiring are able to tap into a larger pool of qualified, diverse talent with a wide range of experiences, better understand their customers, and ultimately, reach stronger business outcomes.

Evaluating your own hiring practices for fairness is critical and building out your own fair chance hiring plan can open new and valuable talent pools as well as improve workplace culture to ensure qualified candidates are not being passed up. 

Presenters: Harris Rollinger, Co-Founder & Director, Fair Chance Hiring Melissa Dickerson, Chief of Staff, Honest Jobs, Inc. Tameka Montgomery, CEO, Core Strategy Partners

Webinar: The 2022 Elections: what they mean for the outdoors and the outdoor economy

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Watch on demand! Live Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 3 PM ET
  Elections have consequences and the 2022 midterms are no different. With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, not to mention governorships and state houses across the country, the results of these contests will have a significant impact on the outdoor industry and our policy agenda in 2023 and beyond. Join Outdoor Industry Association and our consultants from Forbes-Tate Partners and Sorini Samet & Associates for a comprehensive discussion about the 2022 elections and what they mean for our advocacy efforts on climate change, conservation and recreation, equity and inclusion in the outdoors, and international trade in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local level. Regardless of the outcomes, we share opportunities for your business to get involved and secure more wins for the outdoors and the outdoor economy. Download the slide deck! Speakers:
  • Rich Harper, Director of Government Affairs, OIA
  • Rebecca Gillis, State & Local Government Affairs Manager, OIA
  • Sarah Rykal, Senior Manager, Impact for the Climate Action Corps, OIA
  • Hannah Wintucky, Government Affairs Policy Fellow, OIA
  • Ron Sorini, Principal, Sorini Samet & Associates
  • Andrew Samet, Principal, Sorini Samet & Associates
  • George Cooper, Partner, Forbes-Tate Partners
  • Rick Murphy, Partner, Fobes-Tate Partners

Coffee and Climate: SBTi Reduction Target Setting Challenges and Solutions

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Monday, October 24, 2022, 11 am MT Climate Action Corps members, join us for another edition of the Coffee and Climate series! In this live discussion, we will discuss setting an SBTi-aligned emissions reduction target. We will dive into strategy, tools used, gaining CEO/stakeholder buy-in, challenges, and solutions, and answer common questions brought up by Corps members. As opposed to more formal Corps training webinars, Coffee and Climate sessions are a candid but guided conversation on a chosen topic. They include facilitated group discussion to share tips, tricks, and strategies, as well as an opportunity for Q&A. Be ready to bring your questions (and coffee) to the table! Speakers Kari Shafer, Climate Action Corps Manager, Outdoor Industry Association Kaytlin Moeller, Sustainability Manager, Royal Robbins (parent organization – Fenix Outdoor) Mara Ley, Sustainability Manager, Vuori Michael Sadowski, Sustainability Strategy Consultant This Coffee and Climate session is for Climate Action Corps members only. If you’re a Corps member, you can register here. Not a member? Contact our team to learn more and join today.