Social Responsibility

Royal Robbins commitment to the environment and social responsibility stems from our origins and extends to all aspects of our business.

Royal Robbins and his wife Liz were iconic Sierra Nevada rock climbers during the 1960s. They belonged to a progressive band of climber/philosophers who pioneered the term “clean climbing”: a set of practices and techniques that enabled them to climb big walls with little or no damage to the rock, a literal representation of their lived ethos of deep respect for the natural world.  With that foundation of conservation and our successful business comes the responsibility to contribute positively to society on a global scale as well as in our backyards.

Adventure Travel Conservation FundAdventure Travel Conservation Fund

The mission of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) is to: Directly fund local projects engaged in the conservation of unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations. The ATCF is a non-profit that will provide funding, connections and an international spotlight on projects that protect the cultural and natural resources which underpin the adventure tourism industry. Learn more at

The Conservation AllianceThe Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance’s mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

The Conservation Alliance is a group of like-mind companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. We direct our funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat and outdoor recreation. The Alliance was founded in 1989 by industry leaders who shared the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts. We now have more than 200 member companies, and plan to disburse $1.9 million in 2018.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $18 million to grassroots conservation groups throughout North America. The results of our funding have been remarkable. Alliance funding has helped save more than 51 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,102 miles of rivers; stop or remove 30 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 13 climbing areas. We follow a rigorous grant proposal review process that ensures our grants go to organizations that can succeed given the necessary financial resources. Click here for a list of our grantees.

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Yosemite ConservancyYosemite Conservancy


Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. Work funded by the Conservancy is visible throughout the park, in trail rehabilitation, wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is also dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering, wilderness services and its bookstores. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided $92 million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at or call 1-800-469-7275.


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A letter from our new friends at Elephant Village:

Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. Here’s to another 50 years of dedication to responsible environmental and business practices.

Similarly, Elephant Village promotes responsible tourism in a way that not only provides a safe environment for elephants, but also a place that helps the local community thrive by creating work opportunities, purchasing goods such as elephant food, and donating clothes and other useful items to some remote villages nearby.

We also believe in leading by example. We are the first elephant camp in Laos to promote responsible tourism by offering only bare-neck elephant rides (one guest per elephant) as opposed to riding on a howdah, the painful wooden seats that carry two people. This is just one of the ways we limit the workload and stress on our elephants.

Our riding policies ensure that the elephants under our care are never overworked and most of their days are spent at leisure in the jungle. This allows tourists to contribute to elephant conservation in a way that is intimate, educational, guilt-free and, most of all, sustainable.

We are thrilled to partner with Royal Robbins.

Kindest regards,

Phetkhanya Boulaphinh
Marketing Director


What’s truly important to us as an organization.

The following list captures the essence of what is truly important to us as an organization. These core values do not change from time to time, or person to person, but rather they are the foundation of our company culture.

This is what we call a “Royalism”.  From his earliest days, he always wanted to be first.  Our reminder to strive for innovation in everything we do.

Royal & Liz have always believed it is important to develop the people around them.  We believe the only way to achieve greatness is for us all to learn and grow each day.  We provide training for our employees based on their individual professional development goals that are tied to performance reviews.

We believe getting outdoors with friends and family is a key ingredient to a fulfilling life.

A common phrase that Royal repeated often.  When we reach one goal, we keep climbing for the next!

Royal was one of the first and most vocal proponents of clean climbing: using removable climbing nuts for protection rather than pounding pitons into the granite cracks. This practice, minimized damage to the rock. In 1967, he and Liz made a first ascent using this new technique which was revolutionary in the U.S. at the time. Royal named the new route Nutcracker, a classic to this day. It marked an important evolution in climbing and our symbol for sustainable business practices at Royal Robbins.

royal robbins rewear recycle program
Royal’s Rewear Program

“Let’s stop sending clothing to landfills! –Michael Millenacker, Royal Robbins CEO

Fast fashion is killing our planet. At Royal Robbins we encourage you to buy high quality durable clothing so you can actually buy less. As we continue on our mighty journey to sustainability across all facets of our business, one important role is to to shift consumer behavior to make reselling and recycling clothing more common. As an industry leader and new member of bluesign®, we consider all phases of our product lifecycle, including the product’s end point. To that accord, we have launched a clothing recycling initiative with I:CO in the US that makes it easy for our customers and our employees to do their part and reduce the volume of waste being sent to landfills every year. All participants will be given an incentive coupon towards a future purchase and all program proceeds benefit THE YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY, funding projects and programs that are essential to Yosemite’s future.

The items sent back to us will be either reworn, reused or recycled by our partner; I:CO, or be re-sold at our retail stores in our new Royal’s Rewear section. 

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Bluesign System PartnerWe are committed to applying the bluesign® system

Royal Robbins is committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals in the production our garments. As a bluesign® system partner, we encourage our suppliers to use bluesign® approved chemical products and raw materials that have undergone a risk assessment and comes with advice on how to use chemicals in a way that minimizes the risk to people and the environment. Substances posing risks to people and the environment are hence eliminated from the very beginning, which is safer for the workers, the environment are hence eliminated from the very beginning, whic his safer for workers, the environment and consumers who enjoy our products. For more information, visit


As Royal Robbins’ sourcing and customer base expands to include more diverse cultures, we must ensure that the business people and companies with which we associate have the same values that we expect from our own employees. To achieve this, Royal Robbins subscribes, and we ask that our business partners subscribe, to the following principles in Royal Robbins LLC, its Subsidiaries, Affiliates, and Divisions, are committed to be good citizens of and to conduct business in an ethical and moral manner in all countries in which we do business.

To assure compliance with these principles, Royal Robbins contracts with independent, certified third party social compliance auditing firms to annually verify adherence to the below standards. Factories who are annually certified by WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production) already meet the qualifications of the social compliance audits.

  • Ethical Standards: We respect the ethical and moral standards and beliefs of all peoples and cultures with whom we do business. We, in turn, expect our business partners to respect our rules and procedures. 

  • Legal Requirements: We expect our employees and business partners to abide by the laws of the countries in which we conduct business. We also expect that International law related to the conduct of business between Nations be followed at all times. 

  • Health and Safety: We are committed to have a safe and healthy working environment in all Royal Robbins facilities. We also expect that any business partners to whom we provide work will endeavor to provide a safe and healthy work environment for the employees and also in the living facilities provided to the employees, should such facilities be provided. 

  • Environmental Safekeeping: We believe the environment in which we live is ours to maintain and protect. We subscribe to manufacturing practices which ensure the safekeeping of our natural resources and ecological surroundings, and expect our business partners to also adhere to these principles. 

  • Wages and Benefits: The wage and benefit structure of our business partners must comply with the applicable Country or State laws. 

  • Working Hours: We expect our business partners to operate based on prevailing local work hours. Any time worked over the norm for the area should be compensated at the overtime rate as prescribed by the local labor laws and should be worked voluntarily. Subject to the requirements of local law, a regularly scheduled workweek including overtime should not exceed sixty (60) hours (except in extraordinary business circumstances). All factory workers are entitled to at least one day off in every seven-day period. 

  • Child Labor: The use of child labor is not permissible. For a definition of “child”, we will first look to the national laws of the country in which business is being conducted. If, however, the laws of that country do not provide such a definition or if the definition includes individuals below the age of 15, we will define “child”, for purposes of determining use of illegal child labor, as anyone who is: 
(a) Less than 15; or
(b) If the compulsory age to be in school in the country in which business is being conducted is higher than 15, then anyone younger than the compulsory age for that country. 

  • Prison/Forced Labor: We will not knowingly utilize or purchase materials and/or product manufactured by prison or forced labor – indentured, bonded or otherwise. We also do not condone the practice of involuntary employee “deposits”, withholding of identity papers or any other practice that would restrict free movement of employees. 

  • Discrimination: We recognize and are aware that cultural differences will exist between various peoples. We believe that people should be employed based on their ability to perform a needed function; not on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics. 

  • Freedom of Association: We recognize and respect the right of employees to exercise their lawful rights of free association, including joining or not joining any association. We expect our business partners to also adhere to these principles. 

  • Disciplinary Practices: We will not condone any type of harassment, abuse, and corporal, mental or physical punishment by a business partner or an employee.