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Columbia Sportswear Overview

Portland, OR
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (COLM)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Founded in 1938, Columbia brand apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment have earned a global reputation for innovation, quality and performance, keeping outdoor enthusiasts in more than 100 countries, warm, dry, cool and protected year-round. Columbia is the flagship brand ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is simple; ENJOY THE OUTDOORS LONGER. That’s why every Columbia employee is focused on creating the best outdoor products in the world. To test our products, we hike, ride, fish, hunt, climb, camp, golf, paddle, run, and just enjoy fresh air with ... Read more

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  • We celebrated our fearless leader's birthday this week with a Hawaiian- themed party! Join us in wishing Gert Boyle a Happy Birthday!

  • Columbia Sportswear employees gathered this week to hear speaker, Kara Richardson Whitely, share her raw and inspiring story of her ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world -- and how she pushed beyond her own limits.

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Columbia Sportswear – Why Work For Us?


This is the directive given by our very own tough mother, Chairman Gert Boyle. It’s the reason we’re constantly testing our products against every type of terrible, no good, day-ruining condition the skies of the mighty Pacific Northwest can dish out. Sure, it makes life hell for us, but it means great gear for you. So when she finally does use her famous stamp of approval, you know you’re duly equipped to stay outside long after the featherweights have retreated indoors.

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Columbia Sportswear knows a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one for almost 80 years, constantly working to perfect the art and enjoyment of the greater outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that offers them much more than just a paycheck.

We are proud to be a company of innovators. By constantly developing new and better products, we believe we can improve the way our customers enjoy the outdoors. The industry is taking notice too. Visit our blog to see the many accolades we've received.

Wondering where your next adventures will take you? Let's talk.



To support your innovation, we are proud to offer you our company’s most valuable asset, a pay and benefits package that includes a variety of services and products to help make your life and work more rewarding. We value work-life balance as our lives are busy and full. We hope our benefits packages helps spark the innovator in you while allowing you to also balance all the many important things you do outside of work.

In addition to the traditional benefits of medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, etc.  We look at benefits from a total wellness perspective and offer a variety of other perks and beenfits to enrich our employees lives.

  • 2 paid days for Volunteering
  • Financial Planning Workshops
  • Meditation workshops and classes
  • Friends and Family Disounts
  • Discounted memberships to gyms, yoga studios, training facilities nationally
  • Onsite gym and fitness classes at our Corp HQ in Portland, OR
  • Tuition Assistance
  • National Park Passes (check out program)
  • Public Transportation Passes 
  • Pet Insurance
  • Identify Theft Protection



At Columbia Sportswear, we are committed to building a company of which we can all be proud – not only of the innovative products we create and the financial results we achieve, but the manner in which we achieve them. Whether it’s responsible sourcing, giving back to our communities, or reducing our environmental impact, we believe corporate responsibility is a companywide effort.

We want you to be proud to wear our products, and use our accessories and equipment anytime you step into the Greater Outdoors. Stakeholder input is invaluable to the continuous improvement of our corporate responsibility programs. I invite you to learn what we’ve been doing and participate in making our programs better by providing your feedback at

—Tim Boyle, President, CEO, and Director


The 100KW grid-tied solar electric system on the roof of our Headquarters


Conveyor belts that automatically shut down when not in use reduce energy needs by 23%


At Columbia, we are committed to taking a holistic, life cycle approach to managing the environmental impacts of the products we make. This includes extending the life of our products and keeping these products out of the landfill once they have reached the end of their wearable life as well as extending the life of “seconds” garments through our non-profit donation program.

In-Store Clothing and Footwear Recycling

In the U.S., 85% of clothing ends up in the landfill – that equates to almost 24 billion lbs of waste per year or 70 lbs of waste per person per year.

Columbia’s Rethreads program encourages consumers to bring in their used clothing and shoes, from any brand in clean, dry condition, to our participating retail stores to be given a new life. As a thank you, we will give anyone who contributes 10% off of a purchase of $75 or more.

Products collected at participating Columbia retail stores are sent to a textile processing facility where they are evaluated and sorted for rewear, reuse or recycling depending on specific sorting criteria. Columbia is piloting the ReThreads program in the following seven retail locations in Oregon, Washington and Minnesota:

Products that are still wearable find new homes through the second-hand market. Products that cannot be worn get another life in applications such as toys, artwork and cleaning cloths. Products that cannot be reused are recycled into secondary raw materials for items such as running tracks, insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys and even fiber for new clothing.

We are excited to be partnering with I:CO, to take the collected products on their journey to their next life. I:CO is an innovative textile recycling solutions company whose aim is to keep used clothing and shoes in an everlasting life cycle where these items can be reprocessed, reused and recycled again and again.

Through the Rethreads Program, Columbia is joining the movement to significantly reduce the amount of apparel and footwear that ends up in landfills in order to help conserve our material resources, reduce our collective carbon footprint, and help renew the planet and our communities.

Non-profit Product Donations

We seek to stretch the life of product seconds by donating these items to non-profit organizations. Product seconds include non-sellable product returns or product that has incurred minor damages.

We do these donations twice a year from our Distribution Center in Portland, Oregon. If you are local non-profit, you can apply to pick up these garments. For more information on eligibility and product donations, please contact our Community Relations Department

At Columbia Sportswear, we are committed to building a company of which we can all be proud - not only of the innovative products we create and the financial results we achieve, but the manner in which we achieve them. Whether it's responsible sourcing, giving back to our communities, or reducing our environmental impact, we believe corporate responsibility is a companywide effort.

We support organizations who share our passion for the great outdoors. We believe that outdoor education and conservation ensures everyone will be able to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.

Our grant program self-selects our nonprofit partners by working with our employees, retailers and distributors. We do not accept unsolicited grant or sponsorship requests. We support organizations who share our passion for the great outdoors. This perspective ensures that our philanthropic investments are dynamic, locally relevant, and address our focus areas. It also allows us to reach our objective of global reach, local impact.

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.

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What is I Wear Pink?

I Wear Pink is a partnership between Columbia Sportswear and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to help save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.

How does the program work?

Each year we develop a limited collection of styles for women and men branded with the pink breast-cancer-awareness ribbon. Columbia and each participating retailer then donate $1.00 for every garment ($.50 for each hat/cap) sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

What’s the history of the program?

Since its inception in 2007, the program has raised over $1 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The entire donation is restricted to providing mammograms for those in need. The 2014 donation was a record $227,000, which we hope to top in 2015.

Where is the program offered?

Currently, the program is offered nationwide. Participation of retailers has grown from six in 2007 to over 100 to date, but you can shop the collection year round on our site. Help contribute to the cause by shopping these functional and stylish looks today.

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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.

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.

From the mountain peak to the neighborhood park, from the glacier to the garden, and from stream to Ocean, Columbia helps you enjoy your outdoor adventure anywhere you like to play. We annually partner with additional nonprofit organizations to support local initiated conservation projects around the world.

Current Partners Include:


American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a nationwide campaign to connect Americans to the great outdoors through trail-based activities such as hiking, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and paddling. National Trails Day is celebrated every year on the first Saturday of June, by thousands of organizations and individuals, who host free, public events across every U.S. state.

On National Trails Day 2014, over 21,000 volunteers contributed their time and sweat to spruce up our nation’s trails in time for the busy summer season. Their efforts resulted in the maintenance of 1,360 miles of trails, an equivalent value of $2.2 million. With a focus on family this year, we expect these numbers to grow.

Please log on to for more information and to register for local events in your community.


The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. As a Pinnacle Level Member, Columbia is proud to support Conservation Alliance and their mission of protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed close to $13 million to grassroots conservation groups throughout North America. The results of their funding have been remarkable helping save more than 42 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,825 miles of rivers; designate five marine reserves; and purchase nine climbing areas.

In addition, the Alliance hosts a series of Backyard Collectives across the country to bring together member company employees and local grantees for a day of environmental action. Projects include trail work, invasive species removal, and other creative projects that make a difference in local communities and ecosystems.

Columbia is proud to be a co-host of the Portland, OR event where over 300 of our employees annually join their colleagues from the outdoor industry to give back to our local community.


Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (Grassroots) and Columbia Sportswear Company are proud to recognize dynamic local projects and people that get kids outside and conserve the natural places we love through the Columbia/Grassroots Belay Program. This program, established in 2012, has expanded each year growing from 10 recipients in 2012 to 20 grant recipients in 2014. The 2014 recipients are located in 16 different States (from Arizona to Connecticut) and will receive $5,000 in the form of cash, product, or both from Columbia.

Grassroots and Columbia share a mission of promoting long-term environmental good for the great outdoors on local, national and global levels. To demonstrate our commitment to the outdoors, as well as Columbia’s appreciation of Grassroots members’ current conservation efforts, we established the CSC/Grassroots Belay Program.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance unites independent outdoor retailers as a unified voice leading to excellence in retail through community, culture and sustainability. Their retail members are one hundred stores working together to create a national network or promotion, access and information. They are intimately involved in the development of local economies, communities, customer bases, events, education and initiatives related to the enhancement and enjoyment of outdoor experiences.

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    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Columbia Sportswear (Niagara Falls, NY) in September 2015.


    Very casual meeting with the store manager. The interview was for the new store that hadn't opened yet at the time. I was asked a few interview questions. The manager was very straightforward and let me know right away the result of the interview. I filled out all the paperwork on the spot and was pretty much hired then.

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    • - Describe the typical customer you think shops at Columbia;
      - Do you take part in any sports/outdoor activities;
      - Describe a situation where you received excellent customer service;
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Columbia Sportswear Awards & Accolades

  • Oregon's Most Admired Companies, The Portland Business Journal, 2016
  • Gear of the year award, National Geographic, 2016
  • Gear of the Show: The Best from Summer Outdoor Retailer, Outside Magazine, 2017
  • Gear of the year award, National Geographic, 2016
  • Gear of the Show, Outside Magazine, 2016
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