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REI's purpose is to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. At the co-op, being a good steward is reflected in how we care for the world in which we play, work and live, and how we connect people to nature.

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Blue Oak Energy Installs Net-Zero Solar Project at REI's Center in Goodyear
Blue Oak Energy Installs Net-Zero Solar Project at REI's Center in Goodyear

5 years ago - Specialty outdoor retailer REI has completed a 2.2 megawatt rooftop solar installation at its new distribution center in Goodyear which is expected to offset 100 percent of the facility’s annual electricity consumption. The project was completed in conjunction with Blue Oak Energy, which has worked on numerous other solar installations for REI facilities. “REI’s ambitious net-zero energy distribution center is a landmark project and houses one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in Arizona,” Kirk Meyers, sustainability manager at REI said. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Blue Oak Energy team. Their ongoing partnership is representative of what it takes to complete complex energy projects like this.”

Less Talk, More Action: How Brands Are Effectively Communicating Around Purpose
Less Talk, More Action: How Brands Are Effectively Communicating Around Purpose

5 years ago - “I think in an organization, when you’re trying to do something different, it’s important to take up that shared risk,” said Alex Thompson, VP of Communications & Public Affairs at REI, during the Thursday morning plenaries at SB'16 San Diego.

What Underlies the Success of the World's First Billion-Dollar Sustainable Brands
What Underlies the Success of the World's First Billion-Dollar Sustainable Brands

5 years ago - What do Organic Valley, Target, REI and Toyota have in common? They are what Freya WIlliams describes as “Green Giants,” companies that have turned sustainability into billion-dollar businesses, and they are not alone.

Social Media an Invaluable Tool for Helping Conscious Consumers Live Even More Consciously
Social Media an Invaluable Tool for Helping Conscious Consumers Live Even More Consciously

5 years ago - With hundreds of millions of individuals logging into social media accounts every day, using the medium as a platform for social change and activism is just common sense. Today, about 61 percent of consumers use social platforms to learn about sustainability issues. In this open forum-style digital environment, consumers are able to have open conversations about corporate social responsibility and other salient subjects in sustainability.

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Top 5 Ways to Connect Consumers with Your Brand Purpose
Top 5 Ways to Connect Consumers with Your Brand Purpose

5 years ago - Purpose-driven brands know that the key to successful engagement is connecting consumers to their brand purpose and mission. The most effective ways to do that is to listen, communicate, and build trust. Here we offer five inventive new ways to actively connect with the growing segment of conscious consumers.

Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?
Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?

5 years ago - This Friday, world leaders will convene to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. The international regulatory environment and national policies to curb emissions are reshaping global markets. Decarbonization could define the 21st century economy. But what do these changes mean for businesses?

7 Trends at the Intersection of Sustainability and Purpose to Watch This Year
7 Trends at the Intersection of Sustainability and Purpose to Watch This Year

5 years ago - There is widespread consensus in the global Sustainable Brands community that purpose is trending in the business world, especially among brands that are looking beyond the next quarter and trying to figure out how to thrive in the middle and long run. Such brands are not only wisely taking actions to future-proof themselves, but are also smartly leveraging a strong zeitgeist of purpose-driven behavior in society in general – that verifiable wave of health-conscious consumers, meaning- and balance-seeking employees, future-focused students and increasingly influential faith-based and spiritual communities.

South Pole Group: Why Companies Should Care About Renewable Energy
South Pole Group: Why Companies Should Care About Renewable Energy

5 years ago - The landmark international climate change nearly 195-nation agreement that came out of COP21 late last year sent a message to the world that a low-carbon future is imminent. The Paris Agreement, for the first time, brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. Its main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The 1.5 degree Celsius limit is a significantly safer defense line against the worst impacts of a changing climate.

Attention, Shoppers: REI Is Paying Its Employees to Take Black Friday, Thanksgiving Off
Attention, Shoppers: REI Is Paying Its Employees to Take Black Friday, Thanksgiving Off

5 years ago - To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI is taking a bold stand against the chaotic caricature of capitalism that is Black Friday by closing its doors and paying its employees to live the company ethos — by spending the day enjoying the great outdoors with their loved ones.In an email sent to customers on Monday, the co-op announced that it’s closing all 143 of its stores on Black Friday.

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World's Leading Apparel Brands, Industry Groups Join Forces to Transform Global Labor Conditions
World's Leading Apparel Brands, Industry Groups Join Forces to Transform Global Labor Conditions

5 years ago - Today, a group of some of the world’s biggest brands, retailers, NGOs and industry groups launch a Social and Labor Convergence Project, with the aim of improving working conditions in apparel manufacturing across the world.The group says the project seeks to achieve real, sustainable change through the collective development of an industry-wide, standardized methodology for social and labor performance assessment in apparel and footwear supply chains. Through this, the industry believes that it will be able to significantly reduce the amount of money that it spends on duplicated auditing and invest the money saved in improving social welfare for millions of people employed in apparel manufacturing around the world.

REI, National Parks Encouraging People to #FindYourPark and Truly Experience the Great Outdoors
REI, National Parks Encouraging People to #FindYourPark and Truly Experience the Great Outdoors

6 years ago - REI has announced its support of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 through a multi-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The partnership kicks off this week with the launch of Find Your Park, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and setting the stage for the next 100 years.

REI Delivers Record Returns for Outdoor Community
REI Delivers Record Returns for Outdoor Community

6 years ago - $2.2 billion in sales; $168 million for members; $8 million for outdoor accessToday, leading outdoor retailer REI announced that it is sharing more than ever with the outdoor community through its annual dividend, returning $168 million to its members1. In 2014, 945,000 new members joined the co-op, taking active membership to a high of 5.5 million. The co-op reported record annual revenues of $2.2 billion, a 9.9 percent increase from 2013.

How Do Sustainability Research Centers Influence Business School Curriculum?
How Do Sustainability Research Centers Influence Business School Curriculum?

6 years ago - This is the fourth of six questions from a roundtable discussion with the directors of sustainability research centers at six top business schools.We have a big opportunity to influence curriculum within the entire university right now. And in the context of that we’ll have the same opportunity within the College of Business.In a nutshell, as part of reaffirming its accreditation every 10 years, Georgia Tech needs to put together a five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that touches undergraduate education across all colleges.

REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly
REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly

6 years ago - Six more global brands have committed to the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The adidas Group, Black Diamond, Kathmandu, NAU, REI and Timberland have agreed to bring certified, responsible down to the marketplace.

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Major US Companies Band Together to Assert Market Demand for Renewables
Major US Companies Band Together to Assert Market Demand for Renewables

7 years ago - Looking to increase availability of cost-competitive renewable energy to run their businesses, this week 12 leading US companies signed the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), to better communicate their purchasing needs and expectations to the marketplace.

REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Groups Engaging Youth in Nature
REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Groups Engaging Youth in Nature

7 years ago - The REI Foundation has awarded a total of $410,000 to nonprofits that work to engage younger and more diverse populations in the outdoors. Children & Nature Network (C&NN), Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA were the chosen recipients.“The REI Foundation’s mission is to better connect the next generation of adventurers and environmental stewards with the outdoors by partnering with key organizations,” said Marc Berejka, president of the REI Foundation and REI's Director of Government and Community Affairs, in a release.

Stewardship at REI: Reflected in its Communities, Operations, Products and Workplace
Stewardship at REI: Reflected in its Communities, Operations, Products and Workplace

7 years ago - To REI, stewardship is how the company acts on its love for the outdoors. These actions include taking care of outdoor spaces, operating its business to improve its environmental footprint, addressing the impact of its products and creating a rewarding workplace for its employees. Now in its eighth year, REI’s annual stewardship report details the national retailer’s progress in corporate social responsibility in: Community, Sustainable Operations, Product Sustainability and Workplace. Highlights from this year’s report include: Investing in Outdoor Places

The REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Connect Younger and More Diverse Groups with Nature; Recipients include the Children & Nature Network, Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA
The REI Foundation Awards $410,000 to Connect Younger and More Diverse Groups with Nature; Recipients include the Children & Nature Network, Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA

7 years ago - SEATTLE – The REI Foundation awarded a total of $410,000 to nonprofit programs dedicated to engaging younger and more diverse populations in the outdoors. Grant recipients include the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), Futuro Media Group, Outdoor Foundation and YMCA of the USA. “The REI Foundation’s mission is to better connect the next generation of adventurers and environmental stewards with the outdoors by partnering with key organizations,” said Marc Berejka, president of The REI Foundation and REI’s director of government and community affairs. “It is our honor to support each of these programs. They recognize and promote the benefits of nature among diverse audiences, and empower youth with important outdoor leadership skills.”

REI's Energy Strategy Now Includes Buying Renewable Energy Certificates
REI's Energy Strategy Now Includes Buying Renewable Energy Certificates

7 years ago - REI is on track to powering all of its stores and distribution centers by renewable energy, through a combination of renewable energy projects and certified renewable energy certificates (RECs).With 26 solar electric systems generating energy and a strong program to invest in energy efficiency, REI now buys RECs as part of its energy strategy that powers more than 130 stores, two distribution centers and its headquarters.While the company grew nearly six percent in 2013, REI says it increased its energy consumption by just 0.1 percent and reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 39.5 percent.

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REI Now Powered by Renewable Energy; National outdoor retailer broadens energy strategy to include renewable energy certificates
REI Now Powered by Renewable Energy; National outdoor retailer broadens energy strategy to include renewable energy certificates

7 years ago - SEATTLE – As the nation’s leading outdoor retailer, REI works to protect the environment and the places its members love to play. Energy use is one of REI’s largest impacts on the climate, and the company has committed to having all of its electricity come from clean renewable sources. With 26 solar electric systems generating energy and a strong program to invest in energy efficiency, REI now buys certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) as part of its strategy to green the energy that powers more than 130 stores, two distribution centers and its headquarters.

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