Grants & Investments - Patagonia

Our Grants & Investments
1% for the Planet®
Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1 percent of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Since then, we’ve awarded over $100 million in cash and in-kind donations to domestic and international grassroots environmental groups making a difference in their communities. In November 2018, we announced that we are giving away the $10 million in unplanned cash (we saw as a result of an irresponsible tax cut) to organizations responding to the climate crisis. To date, we’ve supported hundreds of organizations working to promote a sustainable-energy future and fighting for the rights of those most significantly affected by climate change.

Over the years, we’ve supported groups who fight pipelines and toxic oil refineries, and NGOs that recruit new leaders in the climate movement. Last year, in addition to our worldwide giving, we donated $1 million to support mainly state, local and regional efforts in the areas of climate policy, transitions to a clean-energy economy and climate justice—groups such as the Stand Up to Oil coalition, who successfully defeated the largest oil shipping terminal ever proposed in North America. We invested in groups such as California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), who used Patagonia’s funds to pass groundbreaking pro-climate policies like California’s Senate Bill 100 to achieve 100 percent clean, renewable energy. We funded climate justice groups like Environmental Health Coalition, who developed an online Climate Justice Leadership program to organize and empower local environmental justice leaders.

Tin Shed Ventures®
In 2013, we launched Tin Shed Ventures an internal investment arm to support like-minded, responsible startup companies who use business to solve some of the most intractable environmental problems. Tin Shed Ventures’ goal is to show that businesses can be successful while demonstrating a deep commitment to environmental stewardship right from the beginning.

In addition to renewable energy investments, Tin Shed Ventures seeks out early stage innovations that can reduce Patagonia’s reliance on carbon-intensive practices, such as biobased materials and chemistries used in our garments, or processes that use less energy and water than traditional industrial processes. For example, Tin Shed Ventures’ first investment was made into Tersus Solutions to develop a closed-loop industrial washing technology that uses liquid CO2 rather than water to clean and process materials and garments. Tersus’s technology uses approximately 35 percent less energy than traditional washing processes. To date, Tersus has saved over 110,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Investing in Future Business Leaders
For the last three years, Patagonia and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business have hosted an annual case competition for graduate students from across the U.S., where we asked them to tackle the real-life issues facing Patagonia and our planet. Past cases have addressed the quality and environmental concerns of durable water repellent, and how to accelerate the adoption of regenerative organic agricultural practices. In 2018, students examined how Patagonia can reach carbon neutrality by 2025.
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