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Jason Duncan of Outdoor Research earns OIA Sustainability Working Group award

Duncan is recognized for his efforts to integrate group’s work into education, training opportunities.

SEATTLE, Wash. (Feb. 19, 2015) – The Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group this past month honored Jason Duncan, Technical Apparel Product Manager at Outdoor Research, as part of its third annual Individual Contribution Awards. Duncan was recognized for his dedication to the outdoor industry’s chemicals management efforts.

Duncan has been a member of the Chemicals Management Working Group (CWMG) Steering Committee, the leadership team that drives the strategy and activities of the broader Sustainability Working Group, since 2013. He has recently been spearheading an effort to integrate the work of the CMWG into education and training opportunities, including the curriculum at key academic institutions, providing the next generation of product designers and developers with the opportunity to learn about the tools being adopted by the industry.

Over the past three years, the CMWG has grown to around 150 members. It has established itself as the leading open collaborative effort for apparel, footwear, gear and accessories brands, retailers and suppliers to develop and implement chemicals management best practices in the supply chain. Since its establishment in 2011, the CMWG has developed and launched the Chemicals Management Module (CMM) of the Higg Index, facilitated opportunities to learn about chemicals of concern and pending legislation, and become the go-to place to engage with peers in the industry who are working on the same issues.

“OIA has provided a much needed pre-competitive space for us to all work together to solve some of these persistent chemistry problems in our respective supply chains,” Duncan said. “I’m deeply honored to have received the award and believe it validates what all of our individual organizations are trying to accomplish under the banner of OIA Sustainability Working Group.”

About Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research® is Designed by Adventure®. We provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer. Based in Seattle, Outdoor Research was founded in 1981. We are dedicated to building better outdoor apparel, gloves, hats and an array of other outdoor accessories informed by real-world testing. We develop innovative, functional, bomb-proof products that are beautiful in their simplicity. We strive to provide the best value to our customers, not shareholders. We are committed to our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and skiing and snowboarding. And we’re having fun along the way.