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Who We Are

Adventure helps us see the world and inspires us to make it better. That's why we started Cotopaxi. We believe we can have a positive impact on people's lives through the products we create. To accomplish this, we make sustainably designed outdoor gear and give a percentage of our revenues to nonprofits working to improve the human condition.

Gear For Good™

Our promise is to make durable gear in the most sustainable way possible and to use our revenues to lift people out of extreme poverty. In short, your product will last and will make a lasting impact.

Sustainability

True sustainability means focusing on people and the planet. We strive to work with factories that treat people right, and we’re committed to fixing problems in our supply chain when they occur.

In addition to our focus on ethical manufacturing, we go the extra mile to source non-virgin and alternative fabrics that are better for the environment. Our goal is to use repurposed, recycled, or otherwise responsible materials for all our products by 2025. We've launched repairs and resale options to extend the usable life of our products, and we’re also Carbon Neutral Certified.

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Fighting Extreme Poverty

Our efforts to combat poverty are centered in the Americas, and we focus on health, education, and livelihoods. We give 1% of our revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which then distributes grants to organizations like the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, and Nothing But Nets. Double-blind studies and proven methodologies ensure our giving is effective.

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Certified B Corp

As a certified B Corporation, we use the power of business for social, environmental, and economic good. When you support B Corps, you take part in a global initiative to do business in a better way.

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Our Story

Our founder, Davis Smith, spent his childhood and much of his adult life living in Latin America. Every day, he saw examples of poverty and inequality that stemmed from a lack of opportunity. Later in life, Davis vowed to use his influence as an entrepreneur to address the problems he’d first witnessed as a child.

The Mountain

One of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi (pronounced koh-toh-PAHK-see) is a mountain in Ecuador sacred to native Quechuans. As a young man, Davis grew up in the shadow of Cotopaxi. The volcano’s glacial streams, wild llamas, and countless trails made it a favorite place for him to explore. His school was also named after the mountain. When Davis sought a name that would best represent his company’s aspirations, Cotopaxi immediately came to mind.

Our Work in Ecuador

Since our founding in 2014, our giving has assisted in many areas of South America, including the country of Ecuador. we’re proud to announce our partnership with XX. They do XX. Our increased focus on XX in Ecuador furthers our commitment to maintain strong ties in the region and to continue to lift people in the poorest communities of Latin America.

What We’re Doing in Ecuador

Why the Llama?

Ah, llamas. These headstrong herd animals live in some of the most rugged regions of the Andes. They’re hardy, sociable, fiercely loyal, curious, and quirky—kind of like our brand. Early in our history, we acquired two llamas and named them Coto and Paxi. We took them with us to tradeshows, events, and even our company backpacking trips. We don’t hike with Coto and Paxi anymore, but we hope you’ll wear our llama emblem proudly on your adventures near and far.

Do Good

We’re optimistic about the future, and we believe we can help solve extreme poverty in our lifetimes. We will continue to face challenges, but we promise to be open about our efforts, and we hope you’ll join us in our mission to do business in a better way. Most of all, we hope you’ll make every effort to explore the world and to leave it a little better than you found it.