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Páramo becomes an Employee Owned Trust

For 30 years, Páramo has engineered waterproofs that do not become obsolete – our garments are easily repaired and their waterproofing can be indefinitely renewed. To ensure the promise of durability and recyclability for Páramo People in the future, Nick Brown has sold Páramo Directional Clothing to the people that know it best – its employees.

Nick Brown wearing an early Páramo smock

With Nick reaching retirement age, the business needed a solution to provide a safe route to succession. This is why, 4 years ago, Páramo began the process of converting to an Employee Owned Trust (EOT) with the aim of maintaining continuity of values and staff, and future development.

On February 1st 2022 the process finally completed and, together with our sister company Nikwax®, and the Miquelina factory in Bogotá, Colombia, we became an employee-owned business. Run through an EOT, all employees now receive an equal stake in the companies’ futures, which in turn ensures brand social and ecological founding values are secured for many years to come.

“By passing on the business to employees, now partners, I feel that I am not only looking after them, but also looking after our loyal customers. Páramo users have huge affection for the brand and for their clothing, and I want this to continue. What we started 30 years ago, and was radical, is now the new goal for manufacturers worldwide. Nick Brown

Located in East Sussex, Páramo provides local employment in a small, rural village. It offers flexible working arrangements across all levels of the business and many staff members have worked at the company for decades. Páramo believes in transparency and is continuously striving for greater equality within the organisation – becoming an EOT will help to widen the support and opportunities offered to employees. We can achieve more working together; ensuring our principles are preserved across our value chain whilst continually pushing to improve and learn from each other.

Nick has always loved the outdoors and his passion for walking meant he was always looking for ways to enjoy it in comfort, which lead to the development of his unique membrane-free fabric system, Nikwax Analogy®, used in Páramo clothing. Our award-winning brand is the clothing of choice for Mountain Rescue teams and expeditionary workforces such as the British Antarctic Survey. Páramo was the first outdoor company to join the Greenpeace Detox commitment in 2016, eliminating PFC treatments from its entire product range.

Nick Brown today in his Halkon Jacket

With the transition of the companies to an EOT, people and the planet are at the core of a business strategy prioritising commitment to protecting the natural environment and improving people’s lives, which is why 1% of Páramo’s yearly turnover will be donated to social and environmental initiatives where real impact can be achieved.

“1% for people and planet is about giving back. Páramo has been here for 30 years, and it will still be here in another 30, which is why we want to do our best to protect the great outdoors for generations to come. To ensure continuity, Nick and his family will be involved in choosing the social and environmental projects and organisations we support, giving us the chance to preserve our founding values into the future.” Maite Angleys, Páramo Sustainability Director

Our vision is to be a world-renowned EOT demonstrating that innovative and successful companies can have a sustainable future, whilst ensuring we have a tangible and positive impact on society, our communities, and the environment.

Páramo – An extraordinary partnership.

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