We support our employees, customers, and communities around the world in their efforts to leave the world better than they found it.
EMPOWERING PEOPLE IN OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Women represent 75% of Columbia’s finished good factory workforce and we’re committed to finding ways to empower them to improve their lives. Ten years ago, we began a partnership with Business for Social Responsibility to implement HERproject™ training in our factories around the world. A multifaceted educational program, HERproject™ provides training in women’s health, financial literacy, and gender equality. We’ve implemented HERproject™ at our finished goods suppliers in Vietnam, India, China, and Bangladesh, with more programs to come. In 2019, Columbia Sportswear Company made a public commitment through the United Nations Foundation’s Private Sector Action for Women’s Health initiative to scale our women’s health and wellbeing program in our supply chain to impact the lives of 150,000 women by 2025.
Every Columbia employee is awarded 16 paid volunteer hours per year, for volunteer activities. Additionally, our corporate matching program allows us to match our employee's investments in their communities, up to $1,000/year per employee. Our volunteer and community investment policies empower employees to provide meaningful support to their communities.
Columbia is dedicated to supporting disaster relief efforts around the world. We work with nonprofit organizations such as American Red Cross, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to disburse monetary and product donations where most needed.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Columbia and the National Breast Cancer Foundation
partnered to create "I Wear Pink", an apparel collection which benefits the Foundation and contributes funds to provide mammogram services for those in need. Since its inception in 2007, this program has raised over $1.6 million for the NBCF.
OMNI-SHADE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION SEAL OF APPROVAL
Columbia partners with the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) to help educate consumers on how to safely enjoy the outdoors. SCF is the only international organization devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of the world’s most common cancer. More than 5 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year.
Additionally, we have partnered with the SCF to produce 'Rays' Awareness: Science of Sun Safety curriculum designed for 5th and 6th grade students. This curriculum has been distributed throughout the southern United States and is available for download Here
Learn more about Omni-Shade™
OUTFITTING COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR THE OUTDOORS
We partner with universities across the U.S. to help outfit college students for the outdoors. In 2019, we partnered with two new universities – University of Colorado at Boulder and University of California at Berkeley – bringing our total roster to 14 schools. 11 Beyond providing over 400,000 students with access to quality outdoor products, such as waterproof boots, tents, rain jackets and sleeping bags, we also brought value to students by coordinating educational presentations and supporting on-campus events.
In 2019, the Columbia brand, in collaboration with Mountain Hardwear and prAna, supported the Healthy Campus Week, a Partnership for a Healthier America initiative to encourage healthy eating, physical fitness and overall student wellness on campus. The Columbia brand donated backpacks and hats at the University of Oregon’s Run the Duck event. The Columbia brand also sponsored Healthy Campus Week’s largest physical activity challenge and provided product to the winning school, Barton College in North Carolina.