OutDoor 2015 sustainability material

This year’s OutDoor presentations were under the theme ‘Beyond Compliance’ and focused on different aspects of compulsory and voluntary compliance.


Friday 17th July – 08:00-09:00 – Room: Berlin/Paris

Marcus Kürner from Adidas talked about product safety and compliance and how to manage the risk between brand image and speed to markets

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In this presentation, Marcus addressed topics such as chemicals of concerns, physical product compliance, and product regulations. Industry best practices are continuously being developed further, while simultaneously expectations on and challenges for international companies grow every season.  Product safety management is a service function that can support the business case.

Next, Scott Echols talked about the ZDHC MRSL and its relevance for the outdoor sector.

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Scott talked about how the management of the chemicals used by the apparel and footwear industries requires a collaborative, pro-active approach. The ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) is one tool that can be employed to manage chemicals in the supply chain. The talk focused on what the MRSL is and how brands could benefit from its use. Future steps in development of the ZDHC MRSL were also discussed.

The third and last speaker, Pascale Moreau from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, talked about the Higg Index verification approach and process

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As of summer 2015, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has launched into a ‘verification pilot’ for the Higg Index Environmental Facilities Module, which is intended to rigorously test the programme for verification of Higg Environmental Facilities Module scores. SAC approved assessors will verify the results of the Higg Environmental Facilities Module at over 200 facilities, and the learnings from this pilot will then be incorporated into a final verification program in Q1 of 2016. Verification opens the doors to broader adoption of the Higg Toolset and broader communication of scores with stakeholders outside of a company’s supply chains.



Thursday 16th July – 12:30-13:30 – Room: Berlin

Presenters: Ashley Gill (Textile Exchange, Content Claim Standard), Alexander Ellebrecht (Chain Point), Thomas Weiss (Authentic Vision), Simon Warrick (Historic Futures)

Moderation: Joel Svedlund (Peak Innovation).

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This mixed format presentation with panel discussion looked critically at the difference between standards and software tools that support and enable traceability for brands. There was discussion about what has worked so far in terms of building traceability into a brand’s supply chain and where the challenges lie, as well as the issues that arise from forward compatibility and the issues that arise from the difference between what a brand ideally desires and what the different supply chain partners can, and are willing to, deliver.