Center for Responsible Business

Sustainable Investment & Finance Initiative

Regenerative Organic Agriculture for Food

2017 Case Topic

In light of the recent launch of Patagonia Provisions, this case study focuses on Patagonia’s desire to accelerate regenerative agricultural practices for food.

More specifically, what can a company like Patagonia do to incentivize farmers to invest in regenerative and restorative organic agricultural practices in the face of many challenges involving many stakeholders? For example, it can take several years to fully transition farmland from conventional industrialized practices to regenerative practices. Sometimes this involves periods of lower yields that are difficult for farmers to weather.

The potential operational complexities, costs, and uncertainties are risks most farmers seek to avoid, especially if it means financial vulnerability. Additionally, communicating regenerative organic agricultural practices with consumers presents a further challenge and understanding where consumers may/may not be willing to pay a premium for goods produced with regenerative practices represents another open question. This case explores these questions to consider how Patagonia can best play a positive role to accelerate the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices for food.

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Finalists Announced

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Important Dates

  • November 28, 2016: Registration Opens
  • December 12, 2016: FAQ I Submission Deadline
  • December 15, 2016: FAQ I Answers Released
  • December 18, 2016: Team Lead Sign Up Deadline
  • January 13, 2017: Deadline to finalize teams
  • January 20, 2017: Case released to teams
  • January 25, 2017: FAQ II Submission Deadline
  • January 30, 2017: FAQ II Answers Released
  • February 13, 2017: Case Proposals Due
  • February 13-28, 2017: Semi-finalist Selection by Patagonia Judges
  • March 1, 2017: Semi-finalists announced
  • April 20-21, 2017: Semi-finalist Presentations at UC Berkeley & Final Judging
  • June 2, 2017: Top 3 Winning Teams - Surf with Patagonia & Presentation to Patagonia Employees!
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