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SPRING 2024

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I n February 2024, Snowsports Industries America (SIA), the Winter Sports Sustainability Network (WSN) managed by Peak 63, and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) hosted a webinar to launch the Global Climate Pact, bringing winter sports brands from Europe and the U.S. together in a unified front to accelerate climate action. Chris Steinkamp, SIA's head of climate advocacy, voiced the need for "an achievable set of principles and a clear path forward to addressing climate change by stepping up as an industry" since "the European Sustainability Reporting Standards will soon impact us all." Alternatively, members of Protect Our Winters are pushing to up voter turnout during election seasons and elect climate change champions. "We're working to inspire more people to become advocates and take action through powerful storytelling from our alliance of athletes, creatives, scientists and brand partners," said Stacie Sullivan, communications manager for POW. Additionally, the organization will launch a vote-tripling campaign (encourage voters to get three friends to cast their ballots) through Stoke e Vote efforts for the presidential election. With so many organizations being introduced and a plethora of initiatives being undertaken, it can be challenging to find which are most relevant. e four options below share the same overarching goal of benefiting the planet. As companies and brands, let your mission guide your participation. GLOBAL CLIMATE PACT Goals: SIA, WSN (managed by Peak 63), and FESI introduced the Global Climate Pact, bringing together ski, snowboard, binding, and boot brands from Europe and the United States to advance climate action within the winter sports industry. is Pact is an evolution of the original SIA Climate Pact launched in the U.S. in 2021. "Given the urgency and scale of the climate issue and its impact on our business, we worked with our European partners to revise the U.S. Pact to bring the global industry together on this, and add more rigor to help ensure that our impact is even more meaningful," noted Nick Sargent, president of SIA. Progress: Seventeen brands have joined, including Burton, Atomic and Rossignol. e group is focused on addressing solutions such as political advocacy and helping the winter sports industry meet the science based targets Performance for the Planet Active Sectors Address Climate Change by Forming Industry Organizations and Making Pacts. By Suzanne Blecher STRATEGIES/ORGANIZATIONS 24 • Textile Insight ~ Spring 2024 textileinsight.com Nick Sargent, president of Snowsports Industries America Stacie Sullivan, communications manager for Protect Our Winters

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