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The European Outdoor Group’s Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is inviting all attendees at OutDoor to join them for breakfast, on two days, with the aim of working together in providing a common industry sustainability solution.
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Two days, two breakfasts, one aim
OutDoor, 16 and 17 July at 08.30hrs

Zug, Switzerland – The European Outdoor Group's Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is inviting all attendees at OutDoor to join them for breakfast, on two days, with the aim of working together in providing a common industry sustainability solution.

Continuing the breakfast workshop series, started at last year's OutDoor, the SWG brings you ‘How sustainable is your business', including the launch of the Beta Test phase of the Eco Index on Friday morning and on Saturday addresses Standards and Regulations with ‘Making regulatory compliance easier for you'. This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to update themselves; from 08.30am, Friday's SWG breakfast will give an overview of work carried out so far in Europe and collaboratively on the US driven Eco Index. The Breakfast will be the platform to launch the Beta Test Phase and ask for your help in testing the system; the SWG will also give an overview of the work currently being carried out by the Standards and Regulations Committee and the End of Life Committee as they both strive to bring workable solutions to the industry; from 09.30am we will take a more in-depth look at the Eco Index providing you with the tools to be able to start working with it now.

Saturday's SWG workshop will bring you a new tool for checking which standards and regulations you need to meet and which you have a choice about. The SWG has recently undertaken a Hot Spot survey to identify where the industry struggles and where best the Group can help, the results of this survey will be addressed during the meeting. The Workshop will also have Sylvain Chevassus, Project Manager for the Office of consumption and production managers, Commissioner General Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea from the French Government who will talk about the new legislation regarding carbon footprint labelling that will be launched in 2011. Again this workshop will be split, with the first hour from 08.30am giving you the overview and the presentation of the French legislation, then followed at 09.30am with a more in-depth workshop.

Two breakfasts and two very topical areas, both will take place in Room Berlin on the first floor in the East Entrance at Messe Friedrichshafen.

Friday 16th July 08.30am ‘How sustainable is your business' – an overview of the Eco Index, followed at 09.30am by an in-depth how to use the Eco-Index workshop.

Saturday 17th July 08.30am ‘Making regulatory compliance easier for you' – a new standards and regulations tool and a briefing on the French carbon footprinting legislation, followed at 09.30am by an in-depth workshop.

The Workshop's offer companies of all sizes the opportunity to get involved, they are FREE for anyone attending OutDoor. All we ask is that you register to attend.

To register simply email your name and company to

For Friday to vanessa.knowles@europeanoutdoorgroup.com

For Saturday to tim.hudson1@btconnect.com

The work of the SWG is NOT exclusive to members of the European Outdoor Group; it is operating on an open source basis and welcomes involvement from all areas of the supply chain.

Notes to Editors:
The European Outdoor Group is an association set up to represent the common interests of the European outdoor industry.
Founded in 2003 the European Outdoor Group has 55 members, which include some of the largest brands in the world. The combined strength of the member brands, and a close cooperation with national outdoor associations, provides an extremely powerful force to represent the whole European outdoor industry in a constructive and positive manner.

Further information about the European Outdoor Group can be found on the website:
www.europeanoutdoorgroup.com
Or contact Vanessa Knowles, Tel: +44 1942 886402, vanessa.knowles@europeanoutdoorgroup.com

The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) was established at an open meeting at the OutDoor fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany in 2008. The Steering Group of the SWG includes representatives from Vaude, Mammut, W L Gore, Salomon, Haglöfs, The North Face, Deuter, Petzl, SportScheck and the European Outdoor Group.

Further information about the Sustainability Working Group can be found on the website:
www.europeanoutdoorsustainability.org
Or contact Vanessa Knowles, Tel: +44 1942 886402, vanessa.knowles@europeanoutdoorgroup.com

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