Cotopaxi

Innovative outdoor apparel and gear for both technical and lifestyle

Salt Lake City,

United States

www.cotopaxi.com

About Cotopaxi

In October of 2013, Cotopaxi’s founders set out with the goal of building an outdoor gear company that could make meaningful strides toward reducing global poverty. Today, drawing on best practices from the outdoor industry and global development sector, they create innovative outdoor products and experiences that help alleviate poverty, move people to do good, and inspire adventure.

We are proud to be part of the B Corp community, a group of companies focused on advancing the hybrid business movement and utilizing the power of business as a force for social, environmental, and economic good. The B Corp model provides best-in-class standards and processes that help us ensure we are always fulfilling our mission and elevating our work.

The Change We Seek®

Founded as a Benefit Corporation with social purpose built into its DNA, Cotopaxi is committed to inspiring social and environmental change as a means to improve the human condition, increase social consciousness, and alleviate poverty through its core values and giving initiatives. Becoming a B Corp directly aligns with this business model, ensuring that Cotopaxi is able to closely monitor its performance against its goals as the company grows and evolves.

In pursuit of these goals, Cotopaxi’s values are infused into all aspects of its operations. On a local level, employees enjoy “in-the-wild” time, where they spend 10% of their work time adventuring outdoors or doing service. Cotopaxi has launched a skills-based volunteering initiative that leverages the time and talent of employees and responds to a clear need in the community. This program provides computer science education for refugee youth across Salt Lake City and currently reaches ~50 youth from over five distinct refugee communities. Employees in the Philippines are given complete creative control over an item’s look with the Del Día line of products, making one-of-a-kind backpacks with a personal connection between creator and user. Cotopaxi also funds numerous grants and partners with nonprofits around the world that focus on three key pillars: health, education, and livelihoods. High-impact organizations that build sustainable solutions in collaboration with local communities are selected, enabling Cotopaxi to identify and target key needs. Grantees include organizations like the Philippine Community Fund, which provides education and healthcare for families and children living in the dumpsites surrounding Manila.

Cotopaxi strongly believes in the power of business to drive social change and is compelled by the incredible power of adventure to connect with others. With travel and adventure come new experiences, perspectives on life, and friendships. Through the fusion of business and adventure, Cotopaxi hopes to ignite passion for community, turn inspiration into action, and build a movement for lasting, collective good.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2015
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

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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7
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.

23
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

4
N/A
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.

38
17
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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6
Overall B Score
92
55

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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