Columbia Sportswear Company released its 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report, which includes performance highlights and progress made throughout 2020 in the three main areas of focus in its corporate responsibility strategy – empowering people, sustaining places and responsible practices.

“Throughout the year, we remained true to our core values by continuing to invest in our employees and sustainable manufacturing processes, while focusing on urgent social challenges,” said Tim Boyle, Chairman, President and CEO. “I’m proud that our employees rose to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only by being as productive as ever, but by excelling.”

The report highlights work accomplished by its four primary brands – Columbia, Sorel, Mountain Hardwear, and Prana. In 2020, Columbia Sportswear Company:

  • Set a climate target goal of a 30 percent reduction in manufacturing emissions by 2030;
  • Established a senior-level DEI leadership team and introduced three employee resource groups;
  • Built seven water towers in its manufacturing partners’ communities, bringing the total to 22 water towers built through the Columbia Clean Drinking Water Program. Each tower provides up to 1,800 people per day with clean drinking water;
  • Donated nearly $1,900,000 to charitable causes or organizations;
  • Had at least 72 percent of styles across its brands that contained one or more preferred material attributes; and
  • Diverted 2.6 million polybags from landfills when Prana eliminated polybags from certain of its products.

To read the report, go here.

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