Seven Climate Actions Your Company Can Do Right Now

Are you feeling the urgency to act on climate but unsure how and where to get started? Keep reading. Change starts here.

By Nikki Hodgson September 19, 2019

Corporate climate action can be complicated. We know that for most outdoor products, the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with our supply chains — the raw-material extraction and cultivation, processing, and assembly stages (Scope 3). But operational emissions — company owned building, vehicles, the energy you purchase, etc. (Scope 1 + 2) — can be important places to start when learning which emissions to track and how. They’re also good places to uncover some quick wins while you work toward managing and reducing the emissions in your supply chain. Here are seven things you can do immediately and over a period of just a few months to begin forging a path.

1) Sign up for an OIA Sustainability Boot Camp. These intensive, one- to two-day sessions are designed to help small to mid-sized brands with limited to no dedicated sustainability staff or expertise to accelerate sustainability improvements and meet (or exceed) customer expectations. The camps combine engaging speakers, educational content, hands-on activities and take-home resources. At the end of the camp, participants will be able to more confidently champion sustainability within their brand, establish their organization’s sustainability strategy and program, and will leave with a customized action plan to guide next steps. Learn more here.

2) Join us at Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show for two days of sustainability and climate-related programming on January 27 and 28, 2020. Alongside a few hundred outdoor industry professionals representing brands, retailers and suppliers, learn more about sustainability and climate strategy, setting targets, driving impact reduction, and scaling change.

3) Download A Free Getting Started Guide. While we know that Scope 1 emissions (direct emissions like company owned vehicles, boilers, etc.) and Scope 2 (energy purchased) aren’t our largest impact areas, starting here can help you get comfortable with GHG accounting and putting the strategy in place to address bigger climate impact areas deeper in your supply chain. These Scope 1 and Scope 2 guides are designed for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) looking to develop an action plan to reduce GHG emissions across their value chain. Access both guides for free here.

4) Adopt the Higg Index. Whether you’re a brand, retailer, supplier or designer, the Higg Index facility and product tools (brand and retailer tools coming in early 2020), can help you measure your emissions and provide the data needed to set targets and develop action plans. OIA members and OIA Sustainability Working Group Contributing Members receive discounted access. Contact us at to learn more.

5) Register for this Upcoming Webinar on Renewable Energy: Join the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership partners (OBCP) and LevelTen Energy for a webinar exploring how your company can invest in renewable energy projects via aggregation programs. LevelTen Energy facilitates power purchase agreements, creating opportunities through which corporations can share the cost of renewable energy projects while meeting decarbonization goals. Outdoor Business Climate Partnership (OBCP): Renewable Energy Opportunities for Outdoor, Snow Sports, and Ski Areas, Wednesday, September 25, at 11 a.m. Mountain Time.

6) Enroll in the Apparel Impact Institute’s (Aii) Mill Impact Initiative. Aii helps textile mills of any size or type and in any location to minimize their environmental footprint. Top mills participating in the program have reduced CO2 by 10 percent and report an average of $440K annual return in savings.

7) Sign the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. The charter is industry-led and open to a wide group of stakeholders. Signatories have set an initial target to reduce their aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2050. The charter is supported by a range of relevant organizations and NGOs, including OIA. It aims to drive climate action in the fashion sector, complementing and supporting other industry initiatives. By signing on, organizations confirm their commitment to address climate change and their willingness to step up collaboration within and beyond the fashion sector toward a cleaner, low-carbon future. Click here to learn more.