Patagonia's Path to Carbon Neutrality by 2025

by Daniel M. Kammen, Paul Hendricks, Seren Pendleton-Knoll, Vincent Stanley, and Robert Strand

This case study describes Patagonia's goal to become carbon neutral by 2025 in an absolute sense -- that is to reduce emissions to zero while still growing the company. Patagonia also wants to achieve absolute carbon neutrality in such a way that other interested companies can replicate. The case explores aspects of this goal through the eyes of a number of Patagonia employees who work on different teams within the apparel and gear business. Patagonia is attempting to both address its own emissions and act as a leader on a complex, global problem.

Learning Objectives

1. Present an example of a mission-driven company with a history of social responsibility as it addresses a pressing environmental problem. 2. Explore a wide variety of issues related to achieving carbon neutrality. 3. Discuss some of the factors that affect how publicly traded companies make decisions related to carbon emissions.


Pub Date: Mar 31, 2018

Discipline: Social Enterprise

Subjects: Corporate social entrepreneurship, Energy, Environmental protection, Government policy, Energy policy, Innovation, Factories, Collaboration, Social responsibility, Sustainability, Supply chain management, Green business

Product #: B5916-PDF-ENG

Industry: Apparel,Sporting goods & equipment,Textiles

Geography: United States

Length: 32 page(s)

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