Outdoor apparel and lifestyle merchant Patagonia is one of those companies that eschews the relentless pursuit of shareholder value in order to give something back to the community, if not the planet. The company donates one percent of all sales to environmental nonprofits and since 1985, has donated $100 million to various environmental groups, including the Conservation Alliance (which it helped found in 1989). Patagonia has been repairing customer’s clothes since the 1970s, and operates one of the largest apparel repair centers in North America. In 2013, it launched a venture capital fund that invests in startups that work on environmental issues, and in 2018, Patagonia changed its mission statement to, “We’re in business to save our home planet.”
Founded in 1973 by outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard in Ventura, CA, Patagonia was created to be an “un-company”—one whose principal concern was taking care of employees, customers, and the planet. Patagonia provides company-paid health care and sick time for all employees, paid maternity and paternity leave, access to on-site child care for employees at its headquarters in Ventura and at the Reno distribution center, and financial support to those who need it, among other benefits. Its internship program is highly desired, and the competition to work for Patagonia corporate can be steep.
259 West Santa Clara St
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 643-8616
CEO Patagonia Works: Ryan Gellert
CEO of Patagonia Inc.: Jenna Johnson
Yvon Chouinard: Founder-Owner