Who We Are - Outdoor Industry Association

Who We Are

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A Force for the Industry

The Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. In collaboration with our members, we are a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.

Our work for the outdoor industry
  • Annual Reports

    OIA is dedicated to industry-wide collaboration in order to achieve meaningful change in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation. Read our annual report to learn more about OIA's work and mission.

    Annual Reports
  • Recreation Economy

    Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs. Learn about the economic impact the outdoor industry has on your local state and the federal economy.

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  • Participation

    We come from different backgrounds; work in different, sometimes competing, channels of the industry and find different ways to play outside. But we are all outdoorists, working together to expand outdoor access and opportunities.

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  • Advocacy

    Outdoor Industry Association's government affairs team works to represent the interests of the outdoor industry in Washington D.C. and communities across the country. Whether we're fighting for our land or water or decreasing trade costs, we're here to support our members.

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    VIDEO: Raise Your Voice
  • Sustainability

    Sustainable business is the business of asking, "how can we do this better?" From raw material sourcing to the end of life of a product, we believe in asking the questions that help our members build better products, address shared environmental challenges and promote the welfare of the people, animals and resources involved in manufacturing outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment.

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    Sustainable Business: Join the Movement
  • Business Savings

    With an OIA membership you and your entire company receive multiple business savings through OIA partner vendors. Savings include but are not limited to 10% off on Outdoor Retailer exhibitor booths, 75% off on freight shipping, Outdoor Sports Insurance and 40% off on job postings.

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  • Collaboration

    Alone we can each do a little. Together we can do anything. Because we all see the same thing but from different angles, when we bring those perspectives together, we can collaborate to improve our industry and the places we play. Together we are a force.

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    Reports
  • Recreation
    Economy
  • Participation
  • Advocacy
  • Sustainability
  • Business
    Savings
  • Collaboration

Our History

OIA was founded in 1989 by a group of 14 visionary outdoor industry pioneers who created the association to be a unified, collaborative, pre-competitive voice to help guide the industry. Today, OIA is the voice of the outdoor recreation industry, both locally and in Washington D.C., serving more than 1200 manufacturers, retailers distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, nonprofits and outdoorists.

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Together We Are a Force
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