The first step on the path toward ensuring living wages in our supply chain.
Apparel workers are among the lowest paid people in the world. For Patagonia, Fair Trade is the first step on the path toward ensuring living wages in the supply chain. Patagonia doesn’t own any of the factories that make their products, so they have limited control over how much workers receive. But through Fair Trade, they can provide workers with tangible benefits that improve their lives.
Patagonia pays a premium for every Patagonia item that carries the Fair Trade Certified™ sewn label. That extra money goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. This is not a top-down program. In each factory, a democratically elected Fair Trade worker committee decides how the funds will be used. Workers have chosen to use the premiums to fund community projects, like health-care programs or a child-care center, to purchase products they could otherwise not afford, like a laptop computer or a stove; or to take a cash bonus.
Patagonia has been making Fair Trade clothes since 2014 and are proud to offer more Fair Trade Certified™ sewn styles than any other apparel brand. To date, Patagonia’s Fair Trade program has impacted more than 66,000 workers in 10 countries around the globe.