Patagonia's Reason for Being
Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
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 require a motor; none deliver 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.
Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.
Promoting fair labor practices and safe working conditions throughout Patagonia’s supply chain.
Patagonia engages in a range of due diligence activities to promote fair labor practices and ensure good working conditions in our factories. Patagonia travels the globe building relationships with suppliers that make high-quality materials while reducing their environmental and social impact. Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. The way in which we promote fair labor practices and safe working conditions in our supply chain has evolved as well.
The quality of Patagonia depends, to a large degree, on whether we can reduce our impact on the environment.
This means auditing the materials and methods we use to make our products, taking responsibility for the entire lifecycle of our products and examining how we use resources at our buildings and facilities.