Patagonia’s partnership with Americares is driven by the company’s efforts to protect the natural world and global communities. By supporting Americares, Patagonia is going farther than ever in supporting the health and well-being of people and places near and far.
When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, Patagonia was quick to respond with funds Americares needed to carry out a swift response. Thanks to Patagonia and other emergency response partners, Americares deployed medical teams, emergency medicine and relief supplies to the hardest-hit areas within days. Today, we continue to rebuild local health centers and address survivors’ ongoing stress and trauma. Patagonia also responded quickly and generously to support the people and communities in Ecuador affected by the 2016 earthquake and those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Photo by Matt McDermott
Patagonia is an Americares Emergency Response Partner, providing key resources that allow us to maintain a response platform of medicines, supplies and people. Thanks to Patagonia and the other members of the AERP, when disasters strike, Americares can launch robust responses at a moment’s notice, delivering critical medicines and emergency supplies virtually anywhere in the world. Through this support, Patagonia is a part of every single one of Americares emergency responses.
Patagonia recognizes its manufacturing processes use resources and produce waste and sees its philanthropic work—a company-described “Earth Tax”—as part of the cost of doing business. “As an outdoor apparel company that started out making tools for mountain climbers, Patagonia has long acknowledged its corporate responsibility to protect the natural world and give back to the communities that businesses affect,” says Lisa Pike Sheehy, VP of Environmental Activism at Patagonia. “Partnering with Americares fits with Patagonia’s mission to use our business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company with a mission to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” The company’s “love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet.” They donate time, services and at least 1 percent of their sales to hundreds of nonprofit groups worldwide who work to steward the health of the planet and its people.