Our Commitment to People and Planet

 

Advocating for a better world – indoors and out

Outdoor Research was built on protection and preparedness. When we work towards solutions to enhance your experience outdoors, that work often begins indoors – inside of our supply chain, factories, offices, and in the organizations we choose to partner with.

Protecting the environment and being socially conscious are just as important to us as the gear you’ll see on our website and in stores. A lot of hands, materials, and travel goes into the products we make. It’s our duty to make these processes as safe and with as little impact as possible.

We rely on only the most trustworthy organizations and certifications to hold us to the high standards that we’ve set for ourselves. Learn about some of the practices we have in place, standards we hold ourselves to, and partners we trust with this work to move forward together.

bluesign® System Partnership

To ensure we are better corporate citizens, bluesign® provides us with a chemical framework to allow us to take ownership of our supply chain inputs and reduce the impacts of the products we sell. They are the partnership of choice for mills, brands, and retailers that desire a true “chain of custody” approach for their supply chain, and augment our efforts in the areas of safety, quality, risk, integrity, and more..

Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

This standard safeguards the welfare of geese and ducks that provide down and feathers for the products we all love. All Outdoor Research products that use down comply with RDS – you’ll notice our stamp of approval on each of our down product pages, and on each product’s hangtag. We’ve exclusively used down certified by RDS since 2016. We received our first RDS Down Brand Certification in 2017 and we recertify our RDS certification on an annual basis.

Track My Down

New for Fall 2020, this is a consumer-facing tool that increases visibility of the traceability we strive for in procuring down, along with our Responsible Down Standard protocol. You can trace the down insulation on your Outdoor Research purchase by following instructions on its hangtag.

Global Recycled Standard

GRS is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content. By increasing our use of recycled materials, we can reduce and even eliminate the harm caused by its production. Our goal is to be 100% GRS certified on all products that use recycled materials.

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Supplier Code of Conduct

We hold our vendors to high standards, both finished goods factories and material input mills. This Code of Conduct from the Outdoor Industry Association helps us be clear about our goals as they relate to the safety and wellbeing of workplace employees, as well as the appropriate and safe storage, use, and disposal of chemicals.

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