Our volunteer policy, annual volunteer fairs, and coordination of department volunteer projects empower our employees to efficiently provide meaningful support to our community partners. Employee initiated teams at our facilities (distribution centers, liaison offices) around the world to guide us in identifying local partners, innovative volunteer opportunities, and community priorities. Our corporate matching program allows us to match our employee’s investments in their communities.
Columbia staff completing a trail restoration project in with the Forest Park Conservancy in Portland's Forest Park.
Columbia fielded the largest corporate team (655 people) in the 2008 Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland. The Portland event is the largest in the Western United States.
Each year Columbia employees partner with local nonprofits to coordinate the Truckload of Coats event. The goal of the event is to fill an entire truck with donated coats for community members in need.
Members of our Hong Kong Office participated in the Friends of the Earth (FOE) Tree Planting Challenge. The team won the award of “The Smartest Tree Planting Team” by using Columbia's fishing vest as containers to carry the seedlings uphill!
A team of 18 Columbia employees from our Zhuhai, China office organized a project of cutting and removing South American Climber (also known as - Mile-a-minute Weed), a non-native invasive plant, in a local mangrove forest.
In 2010, over 200 Columbia employees built fences, repaired trails, painted benches, and spread bark dust at the Conservation Alliances Portland Backyard Collective. Thanks to Columbia, the Portland event was the biggest one ever.
We have been a sponsor of the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure for the past 14 years. Each year Columbia employees staff a rest area for participants of the event.
Our staff are active volunteers in Oregon's Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) Program. Each participant volunteers one hour per week to read with two primary school children.
Staff from our Taiwan office continue their annual support of ORBIS International. Each year Columbia employees have helped pack supplies to help ORBIS save sight worldwide.
Staff from our Vietnam office participated in the Terry Fox Run to support cancer research projects.