Social Responsibility

Our Progress This Season

83% of our Line is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

66,000 workers are supported by the Fair Trade program Patagonia participates in.

More than 550 farmers chose to take part in our Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) Pilot Cotton program.


The 60 to 75 million apparel workers employed worldwide are among the lowest paid around the globe. Much of the clothing industry has lax social standards that can lead to workers, predominately women, having to work in unsafe conditions for long hours and much too low pay, while being subject to discrimination. The continual demand for fast fashion is exacerbating this problem every day.

However, this is not the case across the board. Over the years, Patagonia has built up a robust social responsibility program that analyzes and manages the impacts our business has on the workers and communities in our supply chain. Our goal is not just to minimize harm, but to create a positive benefit for the lives that we touch through our business.

Where We Are

Like most clothing companies, we don’t make our own products or own any of the factories that do. We partner with other companies across the globe and work closely with them to mitigate the harm we collectively create through the manufacturing of clothes. We hold our suppliers (and ourselves) to the highest environmental and social standards in the industry. We lean on industry tools and standards to manage this process, and when rigorous enough standards don’t exist, we create them.

Over the years, we have developed several programs to investigate our impact across our business, from our farms to our stores.

What’s Next

When asked what we care most about in terms of environmental and social impacts, our typical answer is “everything.” However, priorities are important, so we are focusing on three goals as we move toward 2025:

  1. By 2025, 100% of our apparel products will be made in factories that pay a living wage.
  2. By 2030, 100% of the cotton and hemp fiber in our line will be Regenerative Organic Certified (which includes high-bar social responsibility standards).

Fair Trade
Fair Labor Association®
Regenerative Organic Certification
Foreign Migrant Workers
How We Work with Factories, Farms and Mills