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Columbia Sportswear to Match All In-Store Customer Donations to Support Clean Water on Earth Day

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— In honor of Earth Day, Columbia Sportswear will match all customer
donations made to Planet Water Foundation at its U.S. retail stores on
April 22, 2019. —

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia
Sportswear
, a leading innovator in active outdoor apparel, footwear,
accessories and equipment, today announced a new donation program to
drive support for Planet
Water Foundation
, a U.S. non-profit that brings clean water to some
of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.


As a way to increase awareness and drive donations, Columbia is giving
its customers a way to double their impact on Earth Day. Customers can
visit any U.S. Columbia retail store on April 22 to make a donation to
Planet Water Foundation at the register, and Columbia will match their
contribution. After Earth Day, customers can continue to make donations
at Columbia’s retail stores until May 31, 2019.

“Clean water is important for everyone,” said Abel Navarrete, Vice
President of Corporate Responsibility for Columbia Sportswear Company.
“But it’s particularly important in the communities where our suppliers
live and thrive. To help provide a solution, we’re working with Planet
Water Foundation and our factory partners to build water towers to
provide clean drinking water to those communities in need.”

Each water tower can provide enough clean water for up to 1,000 people
per day. Since Columbia’s work with Planet Water Foundation began, the
company has funded 9 water towers across Vietnam, India and the
Philippines. As the partnership continues, Columbia’s goal is to fund 25
water towers by 2022.

“According to the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health
Organization, one in ten people across the globe do not have access to
clean water. Each tower takes just one day for our employees and factory
partners to erect, but the good they bring to the community lasts for
years,” said Abel Navarrete.

To join Columbia in supporting Planet Water Foundation, find a Columbia
store
near you or visit columbia.com/planetwater
to learn more.

About Columbia

Columbia, the flagship brand of Portland,
Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company, has been creating innovative
apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts
since 1938. Columbia has become a leading global brand by channeling the
company’s passion for the outdoors and innovative spirit into
technologies and performance products that keep people warm, dry, cool
and protected year-round. To learn more, please visit the company’s
website at columbia.com.

About Planet Water Foundation

Planet Water Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on bringing
clean water to the world’s most impoverished communities through the
installation of community-based water filtration systems and the
deployment of hygiene education programs. Planet Water Foundation
projects are focused on children, schools and rural/peri-urban
communities across Asia and Latin America. Since 2009, Planet Water has
deployed more than 1,000 projects that provide clean water access to
more than one million people across 13 countries through strategic
partnerships with organizations such as Xylem Inc., Coca-Cola, Columbia
Sportswear, Starbucks, Watts Water Technologies and Capital One, among
others. For more information, visit us at www.planet-water.org

Contacts

Columbia Sportswear Corporate Communications
Mary Ellen Glynn
503-985-1513
mglynn@columbia.com

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