Patagonia’s Donation Operations Featured in Portland Business Journal

From an article written by Andy Giegerich:

Patagonia’s Portland outlet has steered money from the company’s social initiatives program to three local sustainability-oriented groups.

As part of its program that gives 1 percent of sales to grassroots environmental organizations, Patagonia has given money to the Calapooia Watershed Council, Friends of Family Farmers and Oregon Wild.

The groups are part of the 770 worldwide groups, in 16 countries, receiving money from the program. Patagonia began the program in 1985 and focuses on outfits that aim to protect wildlife, wilderness, rivers and oceans, as well as promote renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.

“As a company made up of activists, our mission to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis goes far beyond our own company,” said Lisa Pike Sheehy, Patagonia’s director of global environmental initiatives, in a release. “These groups are mobilizing their communities on the frontlines to take action in strategic and impactful ways. Supporting them is the cost of doing business.”

The full list of grant recipients is available in Patagonia’s “Environment and Social Initiatives” book.