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For its 50th anniversary Patagonia wants to look to the future, and not to the past, of life on Earth. The company advocates for prioritizing purpose over profit and working together to safeguard our planet, which is the only place we call home.  


Patagonia - What's Next


Patagonia, a Californian mountain sports brand, embodies the American dream by successfully marrying profit and environmental protection. From its humble beginnings in a garage, Patagonia's innovative products and approaches have made it a reference point in the outdoor sector. From climbing gear to mountaineering jackets made from recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton, and cruelty-free supply chains since 2014, Patagonia continues to lead the way in sustainable practices. 


Prioritizing the Environment 

“Next is simplicity. Let’s make things that last longer and do more with what we already have.” 

Patagonia has managed to maintain its independence despite its vastness. It has avoided being controlled by conglomerates or corporations to ensure that it can make autonomous business decisions. This liberty provides the means to allocate significant financial resources to support environmental initiatives and groups that would otherwise struggle to make a substantial impact on environmental concerns.

“Next is resilience. Let’s support communities in harm’s way and protect the land and waters that have always nurtured us.” 

Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews established the renowned fundraising movement, "1% for the Planet," which has gained the support of numerous global corporations pledging to donate 1% of their annual revenue towards environmental preservation. Patagonia's European campaigns, including Save the Blue Heart of Europe and Artifishal, have garnered significant media coverage. 

The present and the future of Patagonia 

In a bold move for environmental preservation, Yvon Chouinard transferred ownership of Patagonia to charitable foundations in September 2022. As a result, all profits not directly invested in the company will be utilized towards combating climate change. 

“Next is going purpose. Let’s ditch growth for growth’s sake and use the money we make to help restore and protect the Earth.” 

Chouinard took this action to safeguard Patagonia's environmental values and prevent a potential new owner or an Initial Public Offering (IPO) from prioritizing profit over these values.

“Next is human powered. Let’s find joy in wild places and revel in their beauty.” 

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