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The sustainability challenge is a leadership challenge. And, what better way to lead change towards a sustainable future than by competing companies coming together to collaborate on transforming an industry. The Outdoor Industry Association is the trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business.

In efforts to ensure the growth and success of the industry, active members of the organization committed to a single, common index for apparel/footwear and together sought to drive change in the outdoor industry supply chain that not one company alone could have achieved. Released in July of 2010, the Eco Index™ environmental assessment tool was piloted by more than 100 companies and was designed to advance sustainable practices within the outdoor industry. Currently in its beta stage, it uses environmental guidelines, performance indicators, and footprint metrics to assess the impacts within various product lifecycle stages.

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