In partnership with Fair Trade certifiers in the United States, Patagonia has begun to convert its entire collection – starting with 10 pieces of women’s athletic and fall apparel. By fall of next year it will include 165 styles.
Patagonia’s pursuit of Fair Trade is part of a larger strategy in addressing fair wages in their supply chain.
Currently, Patagonia has certified Pratibha, an Indian-based factory, a factory they’ve had a relationship with for a long time. Nguyen visited Pratibha in May and saw the workers empowered
As part of a longer-term strategy, Patagonia plans to pursue Fair Trade certification at both the factory and farm level.
Patagonia is not currently passing any of the costs of Fair Trade to the customer. And they don’t exactly know how the conversion will impact ROI or their bottom line. But Fair Trade reflects their mission, their values and who they are and to them—that’s all that matters.
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