In addition to our focus areas, we are also dedicated to humanitarian support and educating consumers about sun safety and breast cancer prevention. We partner with humanitarian and health organizations to help people in the world’s toughest places turn crises into opportunities for progress.
Because our products keep bodies warm, dry, cool and protected; they are often critically needed resources during humanitarian relief efforts. We maintain partnerships with international relief providers to help people in the world’s toughest places turn crises into opportunities for progress.
Columbia partners with Mercy Corps to help people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty, and conflict into opportunities for progress. Our support has included providing our Insect Blocker and Omni-Shade technology to outfit their field staff as well as donating apparel to support relief efforts.
Recent projects included supporting refugees from the extended conflict in Syria in Lebanon, Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines, and humanitarian relief in South Sudan.
I Wear Pink
Columbia’s ongoing support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation through the I Wear Pink product collection has raised over $1 million to provide mammograms to women without health insurance throughout the United States. Learn More »
The Skin Cancer Foundation
Columbia is partnering with The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) to help educate consumers how to safely enjoy the outdoors. SCF is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world's most common cancer, now occuring at epidemic levels. More than a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year.
Our Omni-Shade line has earned the SCF's Seal of Recommendation which is awarded to ultraviolet (UV) protection products with a minimum of IPF 30 that meet their specific criteria. Columbia Sportswear is the first international large apparel company to hold the seal.
The Skin Cancer Foundation's Road to Healthy SKin Tour will hit the road in March, offering free full body skin cancer screenings conducted by the local board-ceritifed dermatologists. The 38-foot customized RV will stop at participating Rite Aid stores and other locations in order to provide early detection services to thousands of people.
In addition, we have partnered with the SCF to produce 'Rays' Awareness: Science of Sun Safety curriculum designed for 5th and 6th grade students. This curriculum has been distributed throughout the Southern United States and is avilable for download here.
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