The time has come for business people to understand our companies as a part of, not apart from, the natural world; as reliant on, and owing something back to, the human communities our businesses so crucially affect. In a time of economic sea change and ecological crisis, we need to work together around the table to reduce the astonishing environmental cost of everything we make, and to create a more sustainable economy, throughout the supply chain, wherever we do business. No company is an island; the more we work together, the quicker we can put a stop to long-term environmental damage, so that those who come after us inherit a world we would want to live in.
Much of what needs to be done to improve business practices relies on the co-operation of enterprises that compete with one another. Patagonia relies on the brains and resources of several key partners who work to improve labor conditions worldwide, restrict the use of dangerous chemicals, increase transparency of social and environmental practices throughout the supply chain, and help redefine business health to include the safeguarding of natural systems and thriving human communities.
1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of more than 1000 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of more than 3000 approved environmental organizations worldwide.
B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
bluesign® technologies audits the water, energy and chemical usage of Patagonia’s supply-chain partners and helps them achieve continuous, long-term environmental improvement.
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations.
Fair Factories Clearinghouse
FFC provides collaborative software for brands to secure compliance with humane labor standards, while reducing audit costs and overlaps.
OIA Eco Working Group
The Eco Working Group consists of more than 100 outdoor businesses working to develop the outdoor industry's first environmental assessment tool: the Eco Index.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands and others working to develop an industrywide index of social and environmental impact.
A nonprofit, membership-based organization that shares best practices across the entire value chain – from farmers and raw material providers to brands, retailers, and consumers.