Workplace Equity Working Group
Bringing together peers, key stakeholders, and competitors to work in collaboration to create an index of agreed upon diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the industry.
At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (ORSM), Camber Outdoors will be launching a Workplace Equity Working Group (similar to OIA’s Sustainability Working Group that created the HIGG Index) to co-create an active-outdoor industry index for what constitutes equitable and inclusive workplaces where a diversity of experiences and people lead.
Date Wednesday, July 25
Location The Commons on Champa
Brands + Retailers + Manufacturers
Liaisons from partner companies who can speak to or are responsible for workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and commit to transparency, the sharing of best practices, and making meaningful improvements on their journey to equitable and inclusive workplaces.
Service Providers, Academic Institutions, Affiliates, NGOs
Academia, NGOs, service providers, and foundations play a vital role in sharing research results, offering recommendations for best practices, and provide a crucial perspective to help the WEWG see a broader picture.
Because we are collectively building the expertise, we look to our partners to suggest additional participants and subject matter experts to accelerate the learning and knowledge where the industry may have gaps.
Camber Outdoors is convening corporate partner liaisons and key stakeholders to create an industry approved index for what constitutes equitable and inclusive workplaces where a diversity of experiences and people lead.
Modeled after OIA’s Sustainability Working Group that eventually created the HIGG Index, collaboration and the space to be heard is the foundation of the Workplace Equity Working Group (WEWG). The WEWG will be a confidential, constructive, and thoughtful space where peers and competitors can work together in to further accelerate impactful change across the active-outdoor industries.
Scholar and practitioner, Harvey Floyd II, has depth of knowledge and experience in organizational and workplace change to guide us through the initial work of building a solid foundation of shared understandings and goals.
Since the launch of the CEO Pledge in January 2015, Camber Outdoors heard time and again that our partners want to learn from each other on what works and what doesn’t work in efforts to accelerate progress under their commitment. As we researched the best mechanism to facilitate this collaboration, we realized that the industry had already built a viable model in the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Sustainability Working Group that created the HIGG Index.
In early 2017, Camber Outdoors’ created a CEO Advisory Council, to offer guidance to the organization on priorities and timelines. In August 2017, Camber Outdoors convened members of our board of directors, CEOs from our Peak Partners, and the CEO Advisory Council for a CEO Roundtable. At that gathering we reaffirmed Camber Outdoors’ strength as convener under the creation of the Workplace Equity Working Group. We discussed and molded the creation of a repository of best practices– a Center of Influence, where partners could easily search how other companies have addressed and solved for specific opportunities to increase workplace equity, inclusion, and diversity. The group also understood the limitations of a gender-only focus and asked Camber Outdoors to explore how elements of diversity intersect with gender identity and expression- ethnicity and race, culture, sexual orientation, and physical ability.