The European Outdoor Group’s Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is inviting attendees at the OutDoor show in Friedrichschafen to join them for two breakfast workshops on how to comply with impending French sustainability laws and beta test the Eco Index being developed by its U.S. counterpart – Outdoor Industry Association.

The two breakfast workshops  will take place in Room Berlin on the first floor in the East Entrance at Messe Friedrichshafen.

Friday, July 16th, 8:30 a.m.: ‘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. The workshop will give an overview of work carried out so far in Europe and present the Beta versoin of the Eco Index which has been under development by Outdoor Industry Association in the United States. Both trade groups are asking vendors to begin using the Eco Index as part of a peer review process before rolling out an official version of the index this winter. 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.

Saturday, July 17th, 8:30 a.m.: ‘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. This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to update themselves with 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 feature a presentation by 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. Chevassus 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 beginning at 8:30 a.m. giving you the overview and the presentation of the French legislation, followed at 9:30 a.m. with a more 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 for Friday's event, simply email your name and company to For Saturday send the information to

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.

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.