On Black Friday, November 25, Patagonia gave 100% of global sales from its retail stores and Patagonia.com to support grassroots environmental organizations. Every day Patagonia gives back to the planet by donating 1% of global sales to environmental grassroots groups, but now it says it's important everyone comes together and #LoveOurPlanet, saying they want to help their customers show love to the planet, which badly needs a gift or two.
This year Patagonia will donate 100 percent of global Black Friday sales, which topped $10 million, in its stores and on its website to grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. These are small groups, often underfunded and under the radar, who work on the front lines.
The company will also provide information in its stores and website about how to get in touch with these groups and easily be active in your own communities — on Black Friday and every day.
"For decades, Patagonia has demonstrated that caring for our planet is not in conflict with running a successful business," says Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia. "We are always looking for ways to further reduce our manufacturing footprint, including our company’s reliance on fossil fuels. We also fund grassroots environmental organizations by giving away 1 percent of our sales. To date that amount totals $74 million.
"But during a difficult and divisive time, we felt it was important to go further and connect more of our customers, who love wild places, with those who are fighting tirelessly to protect them. This we know: If we don’t act boldly, severe changes in climate, water and air pollution, extinction of species, and erosion of topsoil are certain outcomes. The threats facing our planet affect people of every political stripe, of every demographic, in every part of the country. We all stand to benefit from a healthy environment — and our children and grandchildren do, too."
"By getting active in communities, we can effect local change to protect the food we and our children eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the treasured places we love the most. And we can impact global priorities, too, by raising our voices to defend policies and regulations that will reduce carbon emissions, build a modern energy economy based on investment in renewables and, most crucially, ensure the United States remains fully committed to the vital goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.
"At Patagonia, we will grow and deepen our resolve to protect what we love. We will fight harder and smarter, and use every means at our disposal to prevail for the sake of the country, the planet and the wild places and creatures that need our voice.
Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified B-Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing almost $80 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to address the most pressing issues facing our planet. We are a network of 1,200 member companies and thousands of approved nonprofit partners located in more than 40 countries. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, former owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $150 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.