EOG programme of events at ISPO 2023

For ISPO 2023, as well as our usual members lounge, the EOG will have our own Speaker's Corner and 'stage' on the EOG booth.

You will find the EOG in Hall A1 by the Sustainability Hub and we have a full programme of speakers during the show.

*The Programme below is subject to change and will be added to right up to the event.

Monday 27th November 2023
European Outdoor Group EGM 

Time: 16:00 - 18:00

Room: A32 - Above Hall A3 - use West Entrance.

EOG members only

Tuesday 28th November 2023

10:00 - 12:00 - PFAS Roundtable

With mounting global restrictions on PFAS the industry has so far been focused on substitution for obvious applications (water repellent membranes and coatings). However, as businesses start to test other components and investigate their products more thoroughly, there is mounting evidence to suggest PFAS are being used in many other applications; in zips and trims, or as production auxiliaries.

This workshop will focus on the unexpected applications of PFAS and discuss topics such as; policy, potential uses outside of the obvious, screening testing and evaluation, and how to work with suppliers on the topic.

Phil Patterson, MD, Colour Connections Textile Consultancy

Jan Beringer, Senior Scientific Expert, Hohenstein Group

Hartwig Tews, Head Technical Product Development, bluesign technologies ag

EOG Conference Room A31/A32 (First floor above hall A3)

10:00 - 11:00 - State of Trade

The State of Trade report (SoT) is the European Outdoor Group’s sell-in report, and quantifies wholesale or sell-in values in the European outdoor market. The report provides sales and volume figures, and can be split into departments, categories, or subcategories, as well as by regions and countries.

Currently, the State of Trade is undergoing a significant re-launch for 2024 which includes new data collection partners with Sporting Insights, new data submission processes, new data release timelines, and a new product taxonomy/categorisation that aligns with the OMIS sell-out report.

Scott Nelson, Operations Director, European Outdoor Group
Richard Payne, Joint Managing Director, Sporting Insights

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

11:00 - 11:30 - Single Use Plastics Project

The Single Use Plastics Project has gone through a major transformation based on the wishes of the project members. Join the network and learn how the project has changed and what resources are available.

Dr. Verity Hardy - CSR & Sustainability Project Manager at EOG

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

12:00 - 14:00 - EOG Market Insights Program Review and Next Steps - (EOG members only)

EOG members are invited to join a meeting to review the updates and discuss the next steps for the sell-in and sell-out data initiatives from the EOG. Topics include refining product categorisation, defining outdoor activities and additional filtering, data collection processes and timelines for the next State of Trade Report, and collaborative work with external organisations.

We strongly advise that all interested members send a representative as your feedback and comments will shape the future of the EOG’s market research outputs.  

Scott Nelson - EOG Operations Director

Richard Payne - Joint Managing Director, Sporting Insights

EOG Conference Room A31/A32 (First floor above hall A3)

11:30 - 12:30 - Building the EU Circularity Ecosystem

Join NEMO Equipment and their collaborators United Repair Centre, and Allied Feather & Down to discuss the importance of thoughtful design, systems thinking, and partnerships in building the circular economy. All delivered through the lens of their exciting and ground breaking new project ‘Endless Promises’.

Paul Kerssens, Co-Founder and COO of United Repair Centre

Theresa McKenney - Sustainability Director at NEMO

Moderator: Matthew Betcher, Senior Creative and Marketing Director, ALLIED Feather + Down

Jane Turnbull, Sustainability Project Manager, EOG

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

12:30 - 13:00 - European Outdoor Group CSR Update

Join Katy Stevens to hear about current CSR and sustainability activities at the EOG. Meet the team and get updates on ongoing projects and future undertakings and opportunities for member engagement.

Dr. Katy Stevens - Head of CSR & Sustainability at EOG

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

13:00 - 14:00 - Sustainable Change for Animals & the Planet

Four Paws will provide an overview of the status quo of animal welfare in the textiles industry. They will then deep dive what the term “animal welfare” means and how can the sector can guarantee it in the outdoor industry. Finally, they will discuss trends and developments, further highlighting the demand for higher animal welfare and what FOUR PAWS recommends for a compassionate and accountable fashion industry. 

Rebecca Picallo Gil, Textiles Campaigner and Mobilisation Coordinator, Four Paws

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

14:00 - 15:00 - Outdoor Market Intelligence Service

This new data service from the EOG and Sporting Insights provides retail sell through analysis for the outdoor market. The dashboard is now live with UK data and open to new subscribers and data providers. This session with the team will show a demo of the platform along with options to get involved and plans for roll-out into other markets.

Scott Nelson, Operations Director, European Outdoor Group
Richard Payne, Joint Managing Director, Sporting Insights

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

15:00 - 15:45 - Its Great Out There Coalition

Margo De Lange - General Secretary at Its Great Out There Coalition

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

15:45 - 16:30 - Leveraging Collective Action for Human Rights

Leaders today must act collaboratively on human rights injustices, as the task alone is too monumental. Multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Social and Labour Convergence Program (SLCP) and Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) are working in tandem to ignite profound social and societal change within apparel and footwear supply chains, leveraging complimentary tools, data, insights and thought leadership. In this insightful dialogue, learn how to promote, improve and scale meaningful impact and engagement for workers.

Erlinda Lee, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Lottie Watkinson, Social Labour Convergence Program
Mariette van Amstel, Fair Wear Foundation

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

16:30 - 18:00 - Biodiversify your Business: A Deep Dive into the Why and How of Biodiversity Management

In the third and final session in its series on the importance of including nature in a company’s strategy on biodiversity, EOCA is hosting an exciting panel talk to look in more detail at what came out of the Kunming Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and what this will ultimately mean for businesses, which will be required to assess and disclose their impacts and dependencies on nature. The session will discuss why this is important, how a company goes about doing this, and we will hear too from companies who have started down this road, the approaches they have taken and the challenges they have met along the way.  This is going to impact all businesses over the coming years, so come and hear how to ensure your company is thinking about the critical issues along the road to becoming nature positive. With panellists from the United Nations Environment Programme, Quantis, Patagonia and Vaude.

Matthias Jurek, Programme Management Officer, UNEP

Stefan Frehland, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Quantis

Nina Hajikhanian, European General Manager, Patagonia

Isabell Rzepecki Senior Sustainability Consultant

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

Wednesday 29th November

07:30 - 09:00 - EOG Industry Breakfast

07:30 - 08:00 - Light Breakfast and networking in the CSR Hub - supported by ISPO

08:00 - 09:00 - Industry Breakfast presentations

Growing Change: Collaborations to Keep Ancient Forests out of Supply Chains 

Roughly 3 billion (yes that’s billion) trees are cut down each year to produce textiles and paper packaging. Yet, with the climate and biodiversity crises our world is facing, keeping our forests standing is more important than ever. In this session, learn about the not-for-profit organization Canopy and how they work hand-in-hand with global brands to protect the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests. Together, they collaborate to transform unsustainable MMCF and packaging supply chains, catalyze innovative Next Generation Solutions, help advance frontline community rights, and conserve vital forest ecosystems all over the world.

Cait Green, Senior Corporate Campaigner, Canopy

Engaging with our athletes communities around climate action

Our outdoor industry’s responsibility towards our planet goes beyond our core business and manufacturing practices. Salomon will share how they engage with their athletes on climate action through their Salomon Sports Pledge, and how as an industry we can use our influence power to trigger broader action across the society.

Marie-Laure Piednoir; Global Sustainability & Impact Director, Solomon

European Outdoor Conservation Association - Accountability in Action: Why reporting is key for responsible environmental projects’

Next up we have Dr Tim Lamont, Research Fellow at Lancaster University, and also recent winner of the Kendal Mountain Festival fell race!  EOCA has invited Tim to talk to you on the topic of “Accountability in Action: Why reporting is key for responsible environmental projects’.  Following research Tim has carried out on multinational companies reporting of their investments in ecosystem restoration projects, Tim is now working with a number of organisations including EOCA to develop guidelines to assist businesses in reporting on their support of ecosystem restoration projects working to rebuild the planet.

Dr Tim Lamont, Research Fellow at Lancaster University

Its Great Out There Coalition

Hall A1:CSR Hub - 'Green Stage'

09:00 - 10:00 - Next Generation Materials Showcase – An Expert’s Perspective

Alexa will focus on trends and what is new in terms of fabric development, what new materials we are seeing in terms of innovation and sustainability and critically how these is meeting brands performance and creative requirements. Covered topics are what’s next on membranes; next generation of elastane; future responsible recycled, biobased or biodegradable synthetics and performant natural fibers; all viewed in terms of performance, innovation and sustainability.

Alexa Dehmel, Expert in Sports Clothing Design & Functional Material Concepts, Innovation & Sustainability Consultancy, Functional Fabric Curator

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

10:00 - 10:30 - Advancing climate action with science-based data: the case of Salomon hard goods LCA

As 2023 sees the wintersports industry accelerating on climate commitments, collaborative action can only be informed through accurate science-based data. Salomon will share how they informed their climate commitments through a scientific approach and how, from a historically secretive and competitive industry, they decided to open source their hardgoods LCA to support the industry towards faster climate action.

Marie-Laure Piednoir - Global Sustainability Director at Salomon

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

10:30 - 11:00 - Project: Protection of RMG Workers in Bangladesh Against Workplace Accidents

A decade after the tragic Rana Plaza disaster, the protection of workers in Bangladesh against work-related injuries remains inadequate. Remarkably, Bangladesh is the sole among the top 20 Ready-Made Garment (RMG) exporting countries without any form of social insurance scheme, including for work-related injuries.

Fortunately, this situation is on the brink of change. Weak work-related injury is an unacceptable risk for both workers and businesses. Join us to learn why prominent brands in the outdoor sector have chosen to support the ‘Pilot on Employment Injury in the Textile Sector in Bangladesh’. They view it not only as a socially responsible commitment but also as a catalyst for a national transformation toward a comprehensive protection scheme that provides effective remedies.

Dr Anne Marie La Rosa, International Labour Organisation
Shafiq Islam, Special Advisor, RMG Pilot on workplace accident
Martine Riblan, Sustainability Specialist, Oberalp

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

11:00 - 11:30 - Protect our Winters: Manifesto and New Strategy

Protect Our Winters (POW) continues to be a guiding force for the snow sports industry, raising awareness amongst stakeholders around the critical need to reduce carbon footprints of the sector and ensure that it has a future for all. Join to hear about their manifesto in detail and see where they’re strategy will take them in the coming years.

Dan Yates - Director of Partnerships and Initiatives at Protect our Winters (POW)

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

11:30 - 12:30 - Changing Gear for the Forests – Considerations and Insight on Including Forests in Your Sustainability and Sourcing Policy

Forests are part of the Earth’s key systems, and including forest-derived products is a key element of a comprehensive sustainability sourcing strategy. Canopy is an environmental non-profit with a mission to keep Ancient and Endangered Forests standing. They do this by working with global companies to set bold commitments and implement practices that ensure our most precious forests are not appearing in their supply chains.

With strong expertise on fabrics and paper packaging, Canopy collaborates with innovator companies to help bring lower carbon, lower impact solutions to scale, such as using waste agricultural fibres. Canopy guides more than 900 global brand partners on sustainable sourcing, legislation compliance, and integration of Next Gen solutions that lessen companies’ impacts on the planet. In this session, Canopy will discuss the threats facing forests and unpack the key elements of a strong forest policy.

Michele Cliffe, Senior Corporate Campaigner, Canopy

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

12:30 - 13:00 - Improved Purchasing Practices

There is growing evidence that poor purchasing practices by some brands and retailers have contributed to and even driven human rights issues in supply chains. This trend prevails even where issues such as low wages and long working hours are prohibited in those same companies' own human rights policies and standards.

Responsible purchasing practices can go a long way in reducing negative impacts on workers in supply chains. They have the potential to support and enable improved working conditions, the implementation of living wages and better planning and business sustainability among suppliers. It highlights the crucial role that purchasing practices can play in creating a more ethical and sustainable global supply chain. To help brands get started, Fair Wear will offer valuable tips and tricks.

Jason Mandels, Brand Liaison and New Membership, Fair Wear Foundation

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

13:00 - 14:00 - Natural Rubber – Responsible sourcing from Forest to Retail

The Apparel and Footwear industry is striving to reduce negative environmental and climate impact. Focus has turned to scope 3 emissions and the impact of the materials and fibers used in products. Natural and renewable materials can be part of the solution, but only if sourced responsibly.

In a 3-year project, Forest Stewardship Council® has taken on the task to support the industry in its transition from finite and fossil fuel-based materials to forest-based materials, like natural rubber, MMCFs (man-made cellulosic fibers), and cork. Together with brands, we have formalized sourcing policies, connected value chains from forest to retail, and facilitated collaboration beyond company and country borders. In this session, we will deep dive natural rubber and how it can be sourced responsibly, for both environmental and social impact.

Sean Nyquist - Rubber Lead at FSC
Dr. Antje Ahrends - Head of Genetics and Conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh
Maiprae Loyen - Managing Director at AGRIAC
David Ekelund, co-Founder and co-CEO at Icebug

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

14:00 - 14:30 - How Technology is improving social supplier due diligence in Textile supply chains by delivering 24/7 monitoring.

Fashion’s ability to monitor labour rights in supply chains has historically consisted of social compliance audits, traceability questionnaires and on-the-ground relationships with factory managers, agents and/or union representatives.

Bendi will share how technology can progress social sustainability - complimenting traditional approaches such as audits - towards 24/7 supply chain monitoring and due diligence to help brands avoid surprises and comply with increasingly harmonised due diligence requirements.

Mandeep Soor - Co-Founder and CEO at Bendi

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

14:30 - 15:00- Digitized & Standardized Impact Analysis: Unpacking PEF-Driven LCA for the Outdoor Industry

Exploring how the PEF methodology and PEFCR operate for softgoods and the upcoming implementation for hardgoods, enabling outdoor brands and manufacturers to consistently evaluate and communicate the environmental impact of their products.

Laurent Bocahut, Co-Founder and CEO, PEF Trust

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

15:00 - 15:30 - European Outdoor Summit 2024

The latest updates from the EOG and national association partner, the Outdoor Industries Association, for EOS 2024 in Cambridge UK.

Toni Clifford, Events Manager, European Outdoor Group

Scott Nelson, Operations Director, European Outdoor Group

Andrew Denton, CEO, Outdoor Industries Association

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

15:30 - 16:30 - Its Great Out There Coalition

Margo De Lange - General Secretary at Its Great Out There Coalition

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

16:30 - 17:00 - Introduction to Sustainability Data Exchange Project (SDEX)

Since early 2023, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (BSI) have been running a Sustainability Data Exchange Project. This project addresses the problematic situation around the exchange of sustainability data at product level between brand and retail. Currently, in most cases, extensive Excel spreadsheets and questionnaires must be filled out for each product and for each trading partner. Overall, this process is very time-consuming for all parties involved due to duplicated work steps. This session will present the outcomes of the project so far including a sneak peek at the first prototype.

Maite Angleys, BSI

Dr.Katy Stevens, Head of CSR and Sustainability, EOG 

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

17:00 - 17:45 - Suston Magazine Panel Creating great collaborations – success factors and pitfalls

In theory, sustainability collaboration between brands, suppliers etc. is a win-win. And to create positive change at scale, they are also a must. But in practice, what steps need to be taken to move from a great idea to a successful project? And what pitfalls can make collaborations lose their momentum? In this panel talk, Gabriel Arthur from Suston Magazine invites collaboration experts from the outdoor industry to share their do’s and don’t’s.

Gabriel Arthur, Editor-in-Chief, Suston Magazine & CEO, NORR Agency. (Moderator)

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

17:45 - 18:30 - Sustainability Sundowner

All the best sustainability projects are the result of collaboration, so come and join us to network with your peers and industry stakeholders at the Sustainability Sundowner,

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

Thursday 30th November

10:00 - 11:00 - OutDoor by ISPO 2024


EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

12:00 - 13:00 - No rules marketing - How to f*%k sh*t up and change the world.

“If at least one of your concepts doesn’t shock or offend me, you aren’t doing your job” …this was the final sentence of a real client brief given to Daniel in his current role as Founder of Brandwave - one of the world’s leading marketing consultancies and the chosen agency of many of the sports industry’s most iconic brands.

This sentiment is illustrative of the new marketing reality whereby ‘Indifference’ has become the new word for failure. In a world drowning in sameness and safeness, the greatest risk to the modern marketeer may simply be to do what is expected.

 Forbes estimates that the average North American consumer receives 7,000 - 10,000 marketing messages per day. Surely the logical objective should never be merely to ‘fit it’. It should be to stick your head above the parapet and ‘stand out’ at all costs.  Or to put it another way, it’s time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

 To this end, Daniel will talk his through six principles for cutting through the clutter and creating unforgettable campaigns:

  • Ask stupid questions
  • Be obscure  
  • Fail more
  • Cheat at all costs
  • Start a fight
  • Do less

Daniel will use real-life case studies as well is his own extensive professional experience to illustrate how these principles are already effectively employed by some of the world’s largest and most respected brands. He will also demonstrate how to utilise these principles yourself to enhance your own marketing, grown brand equity, and most importantly - increase return on investment.

Daniel Macaulay, Founder, Brandwave Marketing

EOG Stage - Hall A1:244

Separate arrangements will be made for EOG working group and project meetings and these will be communicated closer to the show.

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