Durability and performance: from the beginning, Arc'teryx products have been guided by these two principles. As the rise of fast fashion increases the apparel industry’s social and environmental impacts, we continue striving to build durable gear that performs season after season.
In addition to this obsessive focus on products that last, we also look at how our business affects the environment and our communities. As a collective of people who have chosen the outdoors as a way of life, environmental and social responsibility have long been close to our hearts. Effectively addressing these issues in our daily operations poses both a challenge and opportunity to meaningfully innovate.
From the materials we choose, to where we build our products and the repair services we offer - all present opportunities to decide where we stand and to continually design better approaches. While we’d like to have perfect solutions, in many cases we are not there yet but we’re committed to the journey ahead. Our motivation is to design and build not only product, but also a company, that endures and performs over the long run.
Our product philosophy is the foundation of our approach to sustainability. We believe that building products to last is the most powerful lever for minimizing our impact.
We maximize performance and durability in a number of ways, including building products that perform for their intended use, and selecting proven materials that endure and wear well over time. Our timeless aesthetic remains contemporary, and we stand behind our lifetime care, repair and product guarantee.
Arc'teryx has been intimately connected to manufacturing since our beginning. For many years our office and design floor was located inside our factory. Today we continue to expand our operations at our Vancouver manufacturing facility, ARC'One. This deep connection to manufacturing forms the basis of our approach to sustainability in our global supply chain.
While Canadian production represents the foundation of our manufacturing knowledge, today our production is truly global. The volume of technical products we build far outstrips available production capacity in our region. Canada lacks the number of skilled technical apparel workers required to produce at our scale.
To build product at the quality and volume we need, we partner with the highest performance technical apparel factories in 9 countries. We stand behind every product we make, regardless of where it is built. An Arc'teryx label means that product meets quality standards and embodies the same values of durability and performance.
We believe that our business can be a force for positive change. It can occur not only by improving the practices in our core operations, but also by supporting partners and projects that are aligned with our values.
Our employees lead our community efforts. We listen to their interests and study how we can make difference as a business. The result is the IMBY (In My Back Yard) program, which we use to support our local communities.
We support partners and projects in two focused areas:
Wild Spaces. Our environment defines and inspires everything we do. We support programs for conservation, research, and restoration of ecologically valuable landscapes.
Access & Activity. We believe in the power of time spent outside. We fund for programs that break down barriers to self-propelled activity.
Some projects and partners we have supported include:
- Vancouver Aquarium - Research helping our industry understand the impacts of microplastic pollution.
- Raincoast Conservation Foundation - The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards who inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.
- Trips for Kids - Programming that inspires the next generation of leaders to get kids outdoors.
In addition to our direct grants, we are active and enthusiastic members of the Conversation Alliance and European Outdoor Conservation Association. Both conservation organizations share our values and work to protect land for present and future generations through grant giving to local grassroots organizations. We contribute membership dues and the proceeds of sales promotions to each organization to fund conservation projects alongside our outdoor industry peers.
As members of these organizations, each year we can nominate projects to be considered for a grant. If you have a project that satisfies the specific funding criteria and you require a nomination, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Proactive conservation has been a long term commitment, however we also are focused on helping to defend the United States Public Land System that is currently under threat. We do that by supporting The Conservation Alliance Public Lands Defence Fund which is set up to defend US Monuments and threats to the integrity of the US public lands system through grant giving.
As part of the In My Back Yard program, we issue grants in support of projects that champion wild spaces, access, and activity. Each year we review all grant applications and fund a selection of those that best match our objectives. We are interested in project ideas from registered non-profits that propose to:
- Remove barriers to self-propelled activity
- Protect wild spaces through conservation, research and restoration
- Inspire communities to tackle a local challenge
- Achieve measurable goals within four years
- Share knowledge with our staff
If you have a project idea that falls within these criteria, you are welcome to apply for a grant for up to $25,000 CAD. The deadline to submit your application is June 15, 2018. Our internal team will review applications and successful recipients will be notified by October 31. For additional information on grants, visit our Grants FAQ.
If you have questions about the grant process that our Grants FAQ does not cover, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.