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Celebrating Five Years of Fair Trade

Five years ago we started with just a few Fair Trade™ certified styles—today we are proud to offer more Fair Trade styles than any other apparel brand. This means over 50,000 workers have benefited from our commitment to the Fair Trade Certified™ program. We're excited to celebrate five years of partnership with Fair Trade USA and the progress we've made with offering products in every category.

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Dave Rastovich at one of our source factories in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. JARRAH LYNCH

Success Stories

VT Garment Co., Ltd.
The more than 1,500 garment workers at VT Garment in Thailand voted to use their first disbursement of Fair Trade premiums to cover school fees for 265 children, thereby investing in their children’s futures by ensuring their access to an education.

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Hirdaramani-CKT Apparel
Employees at Hirdaramani-CKT Apparel in Sri Lanka voted to use their Fair Trade premium to open a free day-care center and implement a health and hygiene program.

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Vertical Knits
When some 1,500 workers at the Vertical Knits factory in Mexico received their Fair Trade premiums, they voted to use the money, and their group purchasing power, to buy propane stoves and bicycles at a discount.

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Upkesha Madushani
Hirdaramani Mihila Factory, Sri Lanka
"If the Fair Trade day care didn’t exist, I’d be at home and would never be able to achieve my aspirations."
Than Win Tun
VT Garment Factory, Thailand
"Fair Trade honors the workers and gives some of the sales profits to us. I want customers to know that when they buy the products, we also get the profit."
Pascuala Patricia Marin Valdez
Tartan Fashions, Mexico
"Fair Trade makes me feel very proud to work with fleece and of the work we’re doing."
Fair Trade Certified
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Pascuala Patricia Marin Valdez sews Patagonia fleece garments at Tartan Fashion, a Fair Trade Certified factory in Mexico. KERI OBERLY

Fair Trade Fleece Collection

All of our Better Sweater® and Men’s and Women’s Synchilla® Snap-T® styles are Fair Trade Certified™ sewn. Every purchase sends more money back to factory workers who earn premiums that can be allocated as cash, used for a collective social investment or both.

Fair Trade Certified
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Working together can bring powerful change. We’ve collaborated with Fair Trade USA and Sheico, the surf industry’s leading wetsuit manufacturer, to achieve Fair Trade certification for our new Yulex suits. It’s a world first, and we hope that other companies will follow our lead. RYAN CRAIG

Fair Trade Pays

More than 50,000 workers have benefitted from Patagonia’s commitment to the Fair Trade Certified™ program.

You may be familiar with the “Fair Trade Certified” symbol and its assurance that some of the money spent on a bag of coffee or bar of chocolate goes directly to its producers and stays in their community. Patagonia, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, has been making clothes that provide the same benefit since 2014, and today we are proud to offer more Fair Trade products than any other apparel brand.

This is how it works: We pay a premium for every Patagonia item that carries the Fair Trade Certified™ label. That extra money goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. This is not a top-down program. In each factory, a democratically elected Fair Trade worker committee decides how the funds will be used. Workers have chosen to use the premiums to fund community projects, like health care programs or a child care center; to purchase products they could otherwise not afford, like a TV or a stove; or to take a cash bonus.

But that’s not all. The program also promotes worker health and safety as well as social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialogue between workers and management. For example, upon learning that Fair Trade committee members were considering spending some of their premium to build a cooking facility, management at Pratibha Syntex, one of our supplier factories in India, recognized it as something they should provide and paid for the new kitchen from company funds.

For Patagonia, Fair Trade is our first step on the path toward paying living wages in our supply chain. We don’t own any of the factories that make our products, so we have limited control over how much workers receive. Through Fair Trade, we can supplement workers’ wages and provide them with tangible benefits that improve their lives.

For our customers, Fair Trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. By choosing to purchase a Fair Trade garment, you are casting a vote for good values, an all too rare opportunity in our global economy.

What makes a factory Fair Trade Certified?

  • Rigorous standards for health and safety
  • Respect for the environment
  • No child or forced labor
  • Maternity and paid leave
  • Community empowerment
  • Additional money back to workers

“The benefits of the program have exceeded our expectations,” says Thuy Nguyen, the Patagonia manager of social and environmental responsibility who works on the Fair Trade program. “In addition to the premiums raising wages, our factories have reported improved worker morale and engagement. Since workers actively participate in the program, they understand and appreciate what Fair Trade can do. Few social programs have such a sweeping impact.”

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