If you follow this blog you will know it’s been very quiet of late. I’ve been busy with lots of campaigns plus Mountain Journal and finding it hard to keep up with developments in the outdoor industry.
The following update comes from the US-based Outdoor Industry Alliance and outlines some developments in sustainability from Keen, the well known co-op retailer REI and prAna.
The report says:
KEEN Footwear, prAna and REI, have been focused on collaborating and using the Higg Index and its tools to implement better business practices throughout their supply chains. Their goals are to help the outdoor industry cut down on costs, operate more efficiently and protect our outdoor playground.
The Higg Index “helps companies measure and evaluate social and environmental performance of apparel and footwear products across the supply chain at the brand, product and facility levels”. Some commentators have expressed concerns about the Index because it is a self-assessment tool.