Index’s tool : to help navigate the journey toward sustainability (French)


Friday 25th November 2011

10:30 CET

Presentation Area next to the PERFORMANCE FORUM

The Eco Index is a ground-breaking environmental assessment tool designed to advance sustainability practices within the outdoor industry. It provides companies throughout the supply chain a way to benchmark and measure their environmental footprint, allowing them to identify areas for improvement and make informed sourcing and product life cycle decisions. The Eco Index initiative is led by Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and the European Outdoor Group (EOG).

Although rooted in the outdoor industry, the project’s output and tools have a wide range of applicability to other industries and sectors. Thus, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers) is currently developping an Apparel Index largely based on the OIA/EOG Eco Index. Benjamin Marias will present in his speech the current state of the art regarding the Eco Index and the future developments of the tool.

About the orator

Mr Benjamin Marias



Benjamin Marias is an entrepreneur, co-managing director of AIR - Consultancy for Responsible Innovation - for more than 4 years. AIR, while being a sustainable consulting agency, is first and foremost an innovation consulting agency. Particularly, Benjamin and his team help organizations (companies, territories, ski resorts, etc.) to innovate by identifying people’s needs/motivations and developing strategies that are consistent with sustainable issues. Salomon, Rossignol, Millet, Eider, Picture, Avoriaz Ski Resort, Verbier, Outdoor Sports Valley, Eco TLC are part of AIR's clients. Benjamin is an active member of the Outdoor Sports Valley association (Annecy, France) and the European Outdoor Group (Zug, Switzerland) where he was chairing the Product End of Life Task Group for more than a year. Product End of Life / End of Use, is one of Benjamin’s core field of expertise. He currently works on several projects around technical apparel and footwear recycling. A deep look into the opportunities to create a more circular economy in the textile industry.

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