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To combat climate warming, a billionaire boss donates his fashion company.

To combat climate warming, a billionaire boss donates his fashion company.

The outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia’s billionaire founder has donated his business to a trust for humanitarian purposes. 

Any earnings that are not used to operate the company, according to Yvon Chouinard, will be used to combat climate change. 

Due to its commitment to sustainability, the brand has developed a cult following. Examples include offering affordable repairs and a lifetime guarantee on all of its clothing. 

It is well-known for the advertisement “Don’t buy this jacket,” which urges consumers to think about the environmental consequences. 

On the company’s website, it is currently stated that Earth is the lone stakeholder. 

In his own words, Mr. Chouinard “never aspired to be a businessman.” 

He was an avid rock climber who first made metal climbing spikes for himself and his pals to wedge into rocks before transitioning into apparel and finally developing a tremendously popular sportswear brand. 

Patagonia, which was founded in 1973, reported revenues of almost $1.5 billion this year, and Mr. Chouinard’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 billion. 

He has, however, always been reluctant to acknowledge his money, telling the New York Times that he was “horrified to be seen as a millionaire.” 

Depending on the company’s performance, he asserted that revenues would be contributed to environmental organizations at a rate of about $100 million (£87 million) annually. 

The entrepreneur justified his choice to give up ownership by saying that, despite their vastness, the Earth’s resources are finite and that we have clearly reached their limitations. 

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“Instead of taking value out of nature and turning it into profit, Patagonia uses its fortune to safeguard the source. 

Sales have not been affected by the company’s marketing campaigns, which center on urging customers to buy only what they need. However, detractors contend that by making the company more well-known, it has actually encouraged consumers to spend more money. 

The Californian company was already devoted to sustainable business practices and donated 1% of its annual sales to grassroots organizers. But the hesitant businessman claimed in an open letter to clients that he wanted to take things further. 

He claimed that he had initially thought of either selling Patagonia and giving the proceeds to a good cause or going public with the business. 

However, he claimed that both possibilities would have required giving up management of the company. He claimed that there is too much pressure on public firms, even those with noble intentions, to pursue short-term gains at the expense of long-term vitality and responsibility.

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