The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce presented Patagonia with the 2017 Environmental Excellence Award Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon on January 19th. Patagonia was presented with the award for integrating environmental sustainability into their business philosophy and practices, and serving as a model of success for responsible business in Ventura and beyond.
Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company that is a local gem and a global force for the environment. A Certified B Corp and a City of Ventura Certified Green Business, 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 over $90 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.
The success of Patagonia depends, to a large degree, on whether they can reduce their impact on the environment. This means auditing the materials and methods they use to make products, taking responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the products, and examining how they use resources at their buildings and facilities. These industry leading efforts are connecting deeply with customers across the globe, and transforming the way other companies view environmental sustainability.
Patagonia is a Certified B-Corp, a member of 1% for the planet, and a City of Ventura Certified Green Business.