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As an outdoor company, we make every effort to respect and preserve natural resources. Our goal is to limit our impact on the communities we touch while sustaining the land we love.
2017 KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
5,000 PEOPLE receive clean water each day through our partnership with the Planet Water Foundation.™
157,034 ACRES OF LAND conserved through our pinnacle membership with The Conservation Alliance.
Completed our fifth consecutive year of supply chain environmental impacts assessments using the Higg Index Facility Environmental Module.
50% of strategic material vendors are bluesign® certified.
$500k in disaster relief Introduced carbon neutral shipping for E-commerce orders in the US in partnership with UPS.
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PLANET WATER
Access to clean water is a pressing global issue. We’re proud to partner with the Planet Water Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit that helps combat our global water crisis by bringing clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
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UK NATIONAL PARKS
We are proud to announce a five-year partnership between Columbia Sportswear and the UK National Parks. We will be outfitting the dedicated rangers and staff of the National Park, who protect and promote the most precious and beloved landscapes in the UK.
CONSERVATION
Columbia is dedicated to helping preserve your favorite places for outdoor adventure. We partner with a variety of conservation-focused nonprofit organizations, to provide annual product and cash donations, that help us meet our shared goal of conserving the outdoors. Some of our current partnerships include:
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Higg Index in the Supply Chain
Columbia employs a team that is dedicated to assessing environmental impacts from manufacturing. Our objective is to measure, track and improve the energy, waste, water and chemical impacts associated with manufacturing our products. We use the Higg Index Facility Environmental Module to assess supplier performance and identify overall strengths and weaknesses in our supply chain. In 2017, we completed our fifth round of Higg FEM supplier assessments with approximately 99% of our finished goods suppliers and 80% of our strategic raw material vendors completing the assessment. We have been using the Higg Index framework with our finished goods facilities since 2013 and have been seeing consistently positive improvements, such as increased energy measurement and target-setting at a supplier level.
Factories Completing Higg FEM Chart
BLUESIGN® SYSTEM PARTNER
CORPORATE FACILITIES & LOGISTICS
We are committed to transporting our products using efficient, responsible shipping and packaging practices, and to measuring and managing impacts associated with the operations of our global real estate portfolio. Efficient resource management in logistics and operations starts with standard operating procedures and guidelines that set the stage for consistent practices. Some of our current guidelines include:

  • Packaging material guidelines

  • Packing dimension guidelines

  • Container loading and optimization standards

  • Green building standards

  • Lighting control management systems

  • Automated temperature control management systems
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