Patagonia, Inc.

Outdoor Apparel

Ventura, California

United States

patagonia.com

About Patagonia

Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None requires a motor; none delivers the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.

Patagonia’s values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach taken towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.

For Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. They donate time, services and at least 1% of sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.

The Change We Seek®

Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2011
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Board includes independent members to represent interests of Community and Environment; Works within industry to develop social & environmental standards; Shares financials with employees

Workers: Extends health benefits to part-time, retail, warehouse staff; 50% full time employee participate in external professional development; >80% coverage of health insurance premiums for full-time workers

Community: 100% of significant suppliers made transparent on website; >40% of management are women or ethnic minorities; >25% of employees took time off for community service; 1% of sales donated to environmental NGOs

Environment: 75% of materials used are environmentally preferred (organic, recycled, etc); 30% of suppliers meet bluesign® standards for environmentally advanced apparel manufacturing; Some facilities LEED Certified; >5% of energy use is generated on-site

2014 Best for the World Environment