By Shea & Raan Parton
Photos by Sherman Thomas
On March 9th, twelve Apolis team members from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara caravanned to Patagonia's headquarters in the California beach town of Ventura for a breakfast hosted by BCorporation. Our off-site Apolis team meetings allow us to get out of the grind, talk about areas of improvement and dream about the future. In Apolis' short history of field-trips we have gotten out of the city and spent the day getting sunburnt in Malibu, we have stayed local and cheered on the Dodgers, and during the holidays we annually slow down in our neighborhood and enjoy a meal while celebrating the end of the year. Our team is strong and we are grateful for everyone's hard work and dedication to our growing brand.
As a young organization we have surrounded ourselves with inspiring leaders, discerning critics and a standard for industry excellence. With an internal obligation to perfection and ambitious long term plans for activism - we have started building our corporate culture. We look to unconventional culture shapers for inspiration, Page and Brin, Jobs, Schultz, Chouinard and we love the new B Corp Handbook. Each having created their own rules of engagement for experiencing product and reminding us that it is all supported by the perfect team.
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
- Mark Twain
We are thankful to reflect how our "why" led us to start Apolis. A few years ago, Shea and I stumbled across the fact that the garment and textile industry creates more jobs in developing economies than any other industry - from the grower to the sewer. This lead us to begin Apolis with the goal of creating the best products to equip and empower communities worldwide.
After yesterday's outing at Patagonia, we are more excited than ever before about why we do what we do. Yesterday we enjoyed a breakfast with like-minded BCorporation organizations that believe in using business as a force for good. As we reflect on yesterday's lessons and ten years of refining Apolis, we are grateful for the many craftspeople, who we consider to be our partners, and for each of you who are the benefactors, allowing Apolis to grow as a sustainable business. Read our detailed reflections after yesterday's visit.
We are growing now and so we are also looking to grow our team as well, broadening our skill set to allow us to impact more people through our advocacy. Find out more about available positions here.