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    Climbing World Cups in China canceled due to Covid


    The lead and speed IFSC World Cup in Xiamen, scheduled to take place Oct. 15-17, and the boulder and speed IFSC World Cup in Wujiang on Oct. 22-24 – meant to be the last events of the lead and boulder season – have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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    IOG launches project to postpone end-of-season sales


    Gruppo Valore Outdoor (GVO) is the name of a spontaneous group of companies and specialized outdoor retailers that have decided to protect the value of their brands by rethinking the end-of-season sales calendar in Italy. The initiative, launched by the Italian Outdoor Group’s (IOG) Working Table, aims to make the ...

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    SOG: 1.5°C climate commitment becomes membership criterion


    The Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) has committed to a climate commitment in line with the Paris agreement at its annual meeting in Bosön. From now on, all member companies must adhere to the climate targets set out in the climate agreement. The decision was made by vote and was unanimous. ...

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    Maria Frykman of Isbjörn is the new chairwoman of SOG


    Source: Scandinavian Outdoor Group The founder and CEO of Isbjörn of Sweden, Maria Frykman, has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG). Frykman will succeed David Ekelund, CEO of Icebug, who held the position since 2013 and was elected as a board ...

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    Researchers find Xinjiang cotton in Adidas, Puma and Jack Wolfskin product


    About 20 percent of the world’s cotton crop (and 90 percent of China’s production) comes from China’s Xinjiang region, where forced labor apparently still exists, and oppression of the Uyghur ethnic group continues. Now researchers at the Agroisolab in Jülich and the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, both in ...

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    Government-funded VeloLab founded to encourage innovation in the German bike sector


    A new platform called VeloLab was launched in early April 2022 with the goal to strengthen the bicycle as a means of transport in Germany. As a funding project of the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) within the national cycling plan (NRVP) framework, VeloLab is a digital ...

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    VF Foundation joins U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund


    The VF Foundation, a private grantmaking organization funded by VF Corp., announced today that it would join the Soil Health Institute’s (SHI) U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund (USRCF) as a sustaining supporter. The USRCF is a farmer-facing, science-based initiative designed to support long-term, sustainable cotton production in the United States to ...

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    Pre-stage in the supply chain puts the pedal to the metal for sustainability


    With the new EU Textile Strategy proposals published on March 30, 2022, as part of a larger package on the circular economy, the industry is under increasing pressure to fundamentally transform both consumer behavior and the entire supply chain. In particular, players that are part of the early supply chain, ...

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    Recent IGOT grants continue support for grassroots projects across Europe


    The It’s Great Out There Coalition (IGOT) has announced details of six projects that have been awarded funding for projects to get more people active outdoors. In the latest round of #itsgreatoutthere grants, initiatives in four countries will each receive up to €5,000 to help them introduce new participants to ...

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    Patagonia sues two companies


    Patagonia has filed two separate trademark lawsuits in California district court over its multicolored P-6 logo against New York-based KirillWasHere LLC and affiliates and Virginia-based The Fratty Guard, LLC. According to the lawsuit, the defendants intentionally sold clothing and other products online and through social media bearing the logo. In ...

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    OIA appoints new chairman


    The British Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) announced that Robert Brigham’s time as OIA chairman has come to an end after serving an extra year than anticipated due to the challenges posed by the pandemic. At a recent meeting, the OIA board of directors voted unanimously to invite current OIA director ...

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    Clean Clothes Campaign Germany quits Alliance for Sustainable Textiles


    After more than seven years of membership in the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles (Textilbündnis), the Saubere Kleidung Deutschland e.V. (Clean Clothes Campaign Germany) has declared its withdrawal as it does not see any improvement in working conditions in global clothing supply chains, a promise made by the textile alliance in ...

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    Date for European Outdoor Summit 2022 in Annecy confirmed


    The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has confirmed that the 8th European Outdoor Summit (EOS) will be held at the Imperial Palace in Annecy, France, on October 6-7, 2022. The event will be the first in-person EOS since Interlaken 2019. The 2020 event was canceled due to Covid-19, and so was ...

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    Grassroots Outdoor Alliance president Rich Hill to leave in April


    Rich Hill, president of the U.S. Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (GOA) for the last five years, is apparently planning to quit his role in a few week’s time. According to SGB Media, Hill gave the news to GOA staff ahead of the group’s annual board of directors retreat earlier this month, ...

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    EOG opens up to organizations from the wider value chain; board changes announced


    The European Outdoor Group (EOG) held its 2021 Annual Assembly digitally on Feb. 17. During the meeting, the EOG members agreed to a proposal to accept new members from the wider value chain. They will now be able to apply to join the association in the non-voting Associated Membership category. ...

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    The outdoor industry is teaming up to take a new approach to combating the problem of single-use plastics


    A crucial outdoor industry initiative today unveiled industry-wide proposals for serious steps to address the problem of single-use plastics in the value chain. The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has released the Single Use Plastics Project (SUPP) report, which recommends a system for the elimination and proper care of protective plastic ...

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    Sustainable apparel brand Ecologyst partners with Indigenous Tourism BC


    Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC), a non-profit organization working to expand and promote sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism in British Columbia, Canada, and sustainable apparel brand Ecologyst announced the formation of a partnership aimed at educating consumers about better ways of living, which includes a commitment to Slow Fashion and Slow ...

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    Statement by EOG: A call to the outdoor industry to support Ukraine


    Media statement by the European Outdoor Group The core purpose of the European Outdoor Group is to promote and lead on pre-competitive cooperation in the outdoor industry, with actions that are for the betterment of people and the planet. Underpinning all of this is a commitment to mutual respect and ...

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    EOCA’s 2022 sustaining members provide funding to support conservation efforts


    Since the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), the European outdoor industry’s initiative to protect wilderness areas, launched its Sustaining Membership program in 2015, a number of committed companies have agreed to fund the association’s core costs. This vital support allows 100 percent of membership fees donated by members to go ...

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    FESI calls for internationally harmonized standards in EU due diligence obligations


    Regarding the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence initiative proposal presented by the European Commission on Feb. 23, 2022, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) took the opportunity to call again for a fully harmonized approach of the due diligence topic at the EU level that is harmonized with ...