At Patagonia, we have a long tradition of what some refer to as “corporate responsibility.” But we like to think of it as more of a self-imposed tax, or tithing, to help care for the planet that sustains us. Since 1985, we’ve donated more than $55 million, mostly to small, highly effective, grassroots conservation organizations. And because modern food production has such an impact on the environment, it’s not surprising that a significant portion of our contributions support sustainable agriculture and other food-related efforts.
With Patagonia Provisions, we’ll focus our efforts even more specifically on building a healthier, more sustainable food chain. We’ll continue giving back through our direct grant program, and as a member of 1% for the Planet, an organization we helped start back in 2002. 1% for the Planet makes it easier for businesses of all sizes to invest in non-profit groups doing what Yvon Chouinard calls “the good work.”
One of the reasons we’re excited about joining the food industry is that it provides a new perspective—and sense of urgency—about some of the environmental issues we’re already addressing. For example, our current salmon products are sourced from Bristol Bay and Yakutat, Alaska, places where groups we support are working to stop the Pebble Mine and preserve Tongass National Forest.
It also helps us engage with organizations more directly involved with food, like Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which introduce children to the concept of growing, cooking and eating healthy, organic foods.
For more information about what we’re doing to become a responsible company, please click on the link below:
To learn more about the organizations we support, or to lend a hand yourself, visit these websites:
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