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Above: Rita Tseng is a social and environmental responsibility (SER) field manager for Patagonia based in Taiwan. Here she meets with migrant workers during a factory audit. She is accompanied by our partners at Verité and their team of expert field staff and interpreters who speak the native languages of the workers. Photo: Jeannie Chen

The Unacceptably High Cost of Labor – How a deeper dive into our supply chain led to a new Migrant Worker Standard

By Patagonia   |   Jun 3, 2015 June 3, 2015

Imagine paying $7,000 to get a job. That’s what some labor brokers charge migrant workers in Asian countries to place them in factory work in Taiwan, where many factory jobs go wanting these days. The practice is considered an acceptable part of doing business, though brokers regularly charge above… Read More

Our DWR Problem

Our DWR Problem

By Patagonia   |   Mar 6, 2015 March 6, 2015

Please refer to the updated version of this post for the most recent information about Patagonia’s work to improve chemical safety in our supply chain. Patagonia—as well as other high-quality outdoor outerwear suppliers—for years relied on a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) of a certain chemistry (described below) to… Read More

Wooly in Patagonia

Wooly in Patagonia

By Jim Little   |   Dec 19, 2012 December 19, 2012

We have some great benefits at Patagonia. But none is better than the opportunity to volunteer with environmental groups through our internship program. During my 15 years working as an editor here at our headquarters in Ventura, I’ve gotten to follow wild buffalo in West… Read More

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