Born from a desire to make outdoor adventure more comfortable and accessible to everyone, the Kathmandu journey originated in New Zealand and the first retail store was opened in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane in 1987. Kathmandu is now a global brand with 166 retail stores in Australasia, four online stores and a wholesale presence in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Kathmandu is a publicly listed company listed on the NZX and ASX and employs over 2,000 staff.
Kathmandu takes their social and environmental responsibility seriously. They passionately believe in the importance of sustainable product development and running an ethical business while striving to minimise their environmental impact and look for ways to contribute to the broader community.
Following a comprehensive review done by Sustainability Partners, Kathmandu have created a five-year plan: Best for the World. The plan consists of seven sustainability goals to be achieved in the next five years. For their carbon goals, Kathmandu has set a goal to achieve net zero environmental harm from their business which includes net zero carbon goal by 2025.
For more on Kathmandu's sustainability efforts, have a look at their 2020 Sustainability Report.