Sustainability Working Group Contribution Awards
Greg Scott of MEC and Nicole Bassett of prAna Recognized for Contributions to OIA Sustainability Working Group
The Outdoor Industry has taken a leadership position towards industry collaboration around social and environmental responsibility by developing the Sustainability Working Group. Through prAna’s participation I have been inspired by all of the work that individuals and companies are doing to integrate sustainability into their operations. I was a great honor to be recognized by my peers. ~ Nicole Bassett
Boulder, Colo., Jan. 29, 2013 – The Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group (SWG) presented its inaugural Individual Contribution Awards last week during Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Greg Scott of Mountain Equipment Co-op and Nicole Bassett of prAna were recognized for years of dedication to the outdoor industry’s sustainability efforts.
Scott has been involved with the SWG since its inception, including serving on the Advisory Council from 2009 to 2012. He has helped lead the Chemicals Management Working Group (CMWG), which is developing approaches and tools to assess and manage chemicals and their potential impacts on humans and the environment across product life cycles. His contributions have been instrumental to the development of SWG’s sustainability indexes, which provide a common language and framework for measuring product sustainability.
“All of us in the SWG do this work because we recognize how important and fundamental it is to our businesses,” said Scott. “I very much appreciate the recognition and look forward to continued participation in the development of tools and management systems that can help outdoor industry companies improve the sustainability of their products in a commercially viable manner.”
“Greg’s dedication to the Chemicals Management Working Group has been integral to the success of this important industry effort,” said Beth Jensen, director of corporate responsibility for Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). “His understanding of complex issues and the time he has invested in this work has been indispensable.”
Bassett has served as a leader for several important SWG groups. She has been chair of the Social Responsibility Working Group (SRWG) for the past year, and co-chair of the Organic Content Task Force within the Materials Traceability Working Group (MTWG). In addition, Nicole is a member of the MTWG Steering Committee.
“It is so rewarding to see the progress we’ve made over the last several years,” said Bassett. “Our success is the result of tremendous collaboration. I am inspired to be involved because of the hundreds of people who are contributing to this great work, so it is a great honor to receive this award.”
“Nicole has made tremendous contributions to the OIA SWG, particularly in helping guide the SRWG in its creation of several important tools over the past year – even though she is only part-time at prAna,” said Jensen. “I am so thankful for her leadership and commitment, which have really helped advance the SWG’s work.”
“The Sustainability Working Group is an amazing example of industry collaboration,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president and CEO of OIA. “We’re thrilled to present Greg and Nicole with these awards to acknowledge their contributions and leadership.”
About Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services.
About the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group
The Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group (OIA SWG) is a volunteer collaboration among more than 250 outdoor industry brands, retailers, suppliers and other stakeholders working to identify and improve the environmental and social impacts of their shared global supply chains. The OIA SWG is currently focusing on four key areas: 1) index development for apparel, footwear and equipment, 2) responsible chemicals management, 3) materials traceability throughout the supply chain, and 4) social responsibility and fair labor issues. Through the OIA SWG, the outdoor industry is demonstrating that it is possible to effect meaningful, scalable change through pre-competitive, business-driven collaboration.
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