Other Group

1% for the Planet

Website:

www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

Formation:

2002

Founders:

Craig Matthews

Yvon Chouinard

Chief Executive Officer:

2002

Other Name:

One Percent for the Planet

One Percent for the Planet (1% for the Planet) is a left-of-center environmentalist organization founded by the founder of outdoor clothing company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. The organization attempts to create partnerships between companies and environmentalist nonprofits. It allows companies to use its logo on their products, showing that they give to support environmentalist policy and conservation efforts, if they pay a yearly subscription and pledge to donate at least one percent of their sales to environmentalist causes.[1] It claims 1,200 corporate subscribers, with nonprofit partners in 60 countries.[2]

History

In 2002, Chouinard co-founded One Percent for the Planet with Blue Ribbon Files founder Craig Matthews.[3] Beginning in the late 1980s, Chouinard used Patagonia’s revenues to fund environmentalist groups on the far left. At that time, environmentalist Doug Peacock contributed regularly to his company catalog, which many at the time read like a magazine.[4] Peacock was a close associate of controversial environmentalist anarchist Edward Abbey; Peacock would bury Abbey in an unmarked grave after Abbey died. Peacock’s sections in the catalog remained relatively noncontroversial, and Patagonia passed itself off as advocating mainstream conservation rather than radical environmentalism of Abbey.[5]

Patagonia originally gave 10 percent of its profits to environmentalist causes, but Chouinard later amended the contribution to one percent of total sales.[6] He characterized the one percent donation as “an earth tax.” According to Chouinard: “This is the cost of doing business. It’s taxing ourselves for being polluters, for using non-renewable resources.”[7]

One Percent for the Planet remained relatively small until musician Jack Johnson helped raise the organization’s profile when he became a member in 2005 and put the 1% logo on the back of his album “In Between Dreams.”[8]

Methods

As part of member companies’ contributions, One Percent for the Planet arranges for them to provide “financial donations, volunteer time, in-kind donations, and other shared-value collaborations” to its nonprofit partners.[9] Donors may select one or more of the organization’s pre-approved nonprofits to which to give, or may request to donate to a particular sector of environmentalism and rely on its recommendations.[10] Once the organization certifies a business’s contribution, it gives the business the right to use the 1% logo with its brand.[11] This forms part of Patagonia’s original social enterprise philosophy, which seeks to target consumers’ ideology and reward companies commercially for giving to the environment.[12]

Beginning in 2015, One Percent for the Planet began to also encourage individuals to donate to it.[13] This came as part of an effort to raise the proportion of American philanthropic spending on environmentalism above three percent.[14]

People

Terry Kellog is the former CEO of One Percent for the Planet. He took over as CEO in 2005 when the organization had no staff.[15] Kellog stepped down in April 2014 to run the similar Brown-Forman Environmental Sustainability Foundation. Operating director John Tashiro took over as interim director,[16] and in May 2015, then-Director of Partnerships Kate Williams was promoted to CEO.[17]

In an interview with Eco News Network, Williams named Edward Abbey as one of those she looked up to the most.

References

  1. “Why We Exist.” 1% For The Planet. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/why-we-exist.
  2. 1% for the Planet. LinkedIn. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.linkedin.com/company/one-percent-for-the-planet/
  3. “Our Approach.” 1% For the Planet. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/what-we-do/our-approach.
  4. Holt Douglas and Douglas Cameron. Cultural Strategy: Using Innovative Ideologies to Build Breakthrough Brands. Google Books. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://goo.gl/.
  5. Holt Douglas and Douglas Cameron. Cultural Strategy: Using Innovative Ideologies to Build Breakthrough Brands. Google Books. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://goo.gl/.
  6. Thorpe, Devin. “Learn Why 1,000 Companies Worldwide Give One Percent For The Planet.” Forbes. July 24, 2013, Accessed May 11, 2018. goo.gl/t3f4gG.
  7. Patane, Matthew. “Patagonia founder: ‘We’re in the business of saving the planet’.” The Gazette. February 28, 2018. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/patagonia-founder-were-in-the-business-of-saving-the-planet-20180228.
  8. 1percentfortheplanet. “[one Percent] of the Story – 1% for the Planet Film.” YouTube. September 23, 2010. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tsCyh9Uhn0.
  9. Forbes. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2013/07/24/learn-why-1000-companies-worldwide-give-one-percent-for-the-planet/&refURL=&referrer=#350e7d9a7a59.
  10. Ryan, Kelly. “Corporate Social Responsibility Programs: B-Corps, 1% for the Planet.” Vertical Group. February 15, 2017. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://verdicalgroup.com/corporate-social-responsibility-programs-b-corps-1-for-the-planet-just/.
  11. Thorpe, Devin. “Learn Why 1,000 Companies Worldwide Give One Percent For The Planet.” Forbes. July 24, 2013, Accessed May 11, 2018. goo.gl/t3f4gG. Patane, Matthew. “Patagonia founder: ‘We’re in the business of saving the planet’.” The Gazette. February 28, 2018. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/patagonia-founder-were-in-the-business-of-saving-the-planet-20180228.
  12. Holt Douglas and Douglas Cameron. Cultural Strategy: Using Innovative Ideologies to Build Breakthrough Brands. Google Books. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://goo.gl/.
  13. Econewsnetwork. “Main Menu.” Eco News Network. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://econewsnetwork.org/2015/08/1-for-the-planet-ceo-kate-williams/.
  14. “Kate Williams – 1% For the Planet.” Oliver Russell & Associates. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://www.oliverrussell.com/insights/changemakers/kate-williams-1-for-the-planet.
  15. “Terry Kellogg – How 1% for the Planet Makes a Difference.” The DO Lectures. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.thedolectures.com/terry-kellogg-how-1-for-the-planet-makes-a-difference/#.WvYKrtQvzIW.
  16. “Movers and Shapers for May 1.” Burlington Free Press. May 01, 2014. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2014/05/01/movers-shapers-may/8522489/.
  17. Humans.txt. “Podcast: 1% for the Planet CEO Kate Williams Featured on Podcast.” The Freshwater Trust. February 23, 2017. Accessed May 11, 2018. https://www.thefreshwatertrust.org/1-planet-ceo-kate-williams-discusses-business-environment/.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. David Suzuki
    Grant Recipient

Donation Recipients

  1. Oceana, Inc. (Non-profit)
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