Patagonia calls upon teams of graduate students to solve some of its toughest environmental issues
Patagonia, together with the Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business, hosts the second Patagonia Case Competition in 2017, calling upon teams of graduate students from universities around the country to solve some of Patagonia's toughest environmental issues. Phil Graves, Director of Corporate Development at Patagonia, expressed that "Patagonia is thrilled to partner with UC Berkeley Haas and build upon the success of our first case competition." Last year's competition, about finding an eco- friendly water repellant, inspired many creative solutions and the same is expected to be seen this year. Interdisciplinary teams will have their submitted proposals reviewed by a team of Patagonia Executives and Senior Leadership, who will choose the top teams to advance onto the final round of the competition. Finalists will get the opportunity to present their solutions in-person to Patagonia executives at UC Berkeley Haas. The top three winners will get cash prizes and will get to go the Patagonia headquarters, experience the company culture, and discuss how to implement their proposal.