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New Future: Social Responsibility & Philanthropy

New Future: Social Responsibility & Philanthropy

When we talk about sustainability and the New Future, it can’t be discussed without recognition of the people that make our products and the communities where we do business. When it comes to manufacturing our products, we can all agree the products we buy, should not come at the cost of workers’ rights, health and or safety. Additionally, the places we do business are made up of communities all over the world, and we truly enjoy the opportunity to engage with them, and support the great initiatives within them, in many different ways. Here are a few of those stories from 2015:

Fair Labor Association Member

The Fair Labor Association believes that all goods should be produced fairly and ethically, and brings together three key constituencies – universities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and companies – to find sustainable solutions to systemic labor issues. We were first granted membership in 2014, and our commitment continues. Learn more at http://www.fairlabor.org.

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Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii has been a partner for our Give Back Series in Hawaii since 2010 and each year at the Volcom Pipe Pro, we reward them the donation check made up of the funds we have raised through the year. We also support their Ocean Awareness day in the summer and get athletes and staff involved in volunteer efforts. We love their mission:  Inspiring young people to become responsible citizens by providing a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity.

The Sheckler Foundation

In 2015, we once again offered exclusive collab product at Tilly’s, specifically to raise money and support for Ryan Sheckler's foundation that supports great causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, inspiring them to “Be the Change.”

Sion Milosky Memorial Fund

Honoring the legacy of legendary Big Wave surfer, Sion Milosky who passed away doing what he loved, our Live Like Sion products, and Volcom Pipe Pro merchandise raise funds to support his family and legacy since his passing.

Mauli Ola Foundation

Once again, we partnered with Mauli Ola Foundation to raise awareness and funds for this great group who is dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. Harnessing the healing powers of the ocean, they introduce surfing and ocean-based activities as natural therapies. Hope you got a pair of the Mo Benefit Boardshorts while they were available.

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San Onofre Parks Foundation

The San Onofre Parks Foundation is a non-profit, whose mission is to provide education and interpretive services regarding all aspects of the natural, cultural, historical and biological diversity of California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches; promoting environmental awareness and ethics; and enhancing the quality of recreation experience at these unique coastal parks. At our TCT Championships held at Trestles, we worked closely with the foundation to promote their work, operate within their guidelines, and raise funds for their cause through donation of 100% of the profits of our ‘True To Trestles’ merchandise.

Boarding for Breast Cancer

B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention and support programs. Since 2010, products in our snow line have raised awareness and funds for B4BC. This year was no different with a high profile collection done in collaboration with an exclusive print done by Featured Artist Vanessa Stark.

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Give Clean Water

Give Clean Water partners with local community organizations throughout Fiji to identify families in need of clean water filters. They then gather biographical and demographic information from each recipient family, take photos and mark each house with a GPS address. During the days of our Volcom Fiji Pro, we worked with Give Clean Water to ensure local villages and schools had access to good, clean water. We’re happy to help sustain the programs we put in place as far back as 2012. Additionally, thanks to Mizu, a portion of the sales from Volcom branded Mizu water bottles go back to supporting their program as well.

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)

An amazing organization providing support, community and services for families with autism, TACA has been a partner of ours for years. From one of our earliest Give Back Series Tees back in 2008, to the Family Skate Days at our Volcom HQ Skate Park, to our first ever Volcom.com #GivingTuesday campaign to raise awareness for them as well as funds, working with TACA is always a joy. Visit www.taca.com to learn more about autism and how it affects (very likely) someone you know.

Costa Mesa Foundation

The Costa Mesa Foundation provides the financial and human capital to initiate and support programs that enhance our local community at the grassroots level. They also hold a free, Concerts in the Park summertime concert series that we’re happy to be a continuing sponsor of.

SOY (Save Our Youth) Costa Mesa

For the 3rd year running, Volcom has sponsored SOY’s SURF DAYS event. Training kids in the surf, exposing them to the beach culture, and offering career mentor chats from surf legends Alex Gray and Chris Bertish (thanks guys!). As you can imagine, this is one of our most fun and most rewarding events of the summer. Save Our Youth (SOY) is a local youth mentoring & college prep organization for underrepresented youth in the area surrounding Volcom HQ.

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Krochet Kids intl.

Back in 2011, we launched our first of many collaborative projects in support of theses visionaries. Through a unique model Krochet Kids intl. (KKi) are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The result is long lasting and sustainable change. One of their hashtags: #knowwhomadeit. We didn't collaborate on product this year, but we were happy to send in some financial support to help sustain their programs. Remember this video?

SOS Outreach

SOS Outreach is a youth development nonprofit that fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision-making in underserved youth. SOS programs are unique in their use of adventure sports to engage participants for future success. For the past few years, we’ve been able to donate 20-30 outerwear kits (jackets & pants) to help keep the kids (and instructors) stay warm on the mountain.

Give Jeans A Chance

Our Give Jeans a Chance program started back in 2009 with the vision of collecting clean, quality, unwanted or unused jeans from our customers and then distributing them to local homeless shelters in our community. The campaign still lives on, specifically in Japan and France where it continues to be a meaningful grassroots campaign. Might be time to bring it back to North America ;)

Full Circle Japan

Volcom Japan has established a strong relationship with the non-profit organization Full Circle, an organization committed to getting people with disabilities back into sport. For us, surfing, snow riding, and rolling in skateparks hit home, and we’re proud of the volunteer hours, and the commitment the team in Japan has made to this great cause.

Women’s Shelter Support (Manly, Australia)

In line with the focus of the Kering Foundation, the team in Australia has made a commitment to supporting the local women’s refuge centers in their area through in-kind donations for different events.

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Snow
Snowboarding Baldface with our Guide Proven Technology Outerwear
If there is one trip that you want to be on during the winter, it's the Baldface trip. Every year revolving members of our Volcom Snow program make a pilgrimage up the interior British Columbia highway to one of Canada’s favorite powder country getaways near Nelson, BC to the one and only Baldface Lodge. Baldface is a cat-boarding operation nestled high in the Kootney Mountains known for its endless perfect snowboard terrain and bottomless pow. Ryan Immegart pow slash. Photo: Ryan Boyes From high open alpine faces to pillow stacks and dense tree runs, the snow conditions and backcountry terrain all in a day’s riding at Baldface will push any rider’s skill level to the limit. The long hours of rigorous snow safety work and avalanche control the guides go through day-in and day-out to keep everyone safe make it the perfect place to test our outerwear. That is why we have partnered with Baldface and their expert guiding staff to make the Lodge ground zero and home base for our Guide Proven Technology (GPT) Volcom Outerwear line. Designed to work under the most critical conditions, you can trust our GPT series to take you in the right direction of weather protection and optimal mobility for all day riding: GUIDE GORE-TEX® JACKET The Guide GORE-TEX® Jacket is guaranteed to keep you dry thanks to the waterproof 3-Layer Shell fabric plus fully taped seams and YKK® AquaGuard® water repellent zippers. The soft flannel backing is designed to keep you warm, along with our Face Tech and Zip Tech® jacket to pant interface. Available in two colorways GUIDE GORE-TEX® PANT Built for durability in a range of weather conditions, the Guide GORE-TEX® Pant pairs perfectly with our Guide GORE-TEX® jacket. This versatile style has an articulated fit and comes with the GORE-TEX® dryness guarantee. Plus, we've packed in other backcountry specific details like Recco® Advanced Rescue Technology, Zip Tech® pant to jacket interface to keep the pow out of your pants, and an avalanche beacon specific front pocket. Available in three colorways This year's trip to Baldface was nothing short of amazing. There was plenty of snow and the conditions were flawless. Some of the best days of snowboarding for some of the crew, which included: Pat Moore, Bryan Iguchi, Jamie Lynn, Arthur Longo, Torgeir Bergrem, Ryan Immegart, Richard Woolcott, Ryan Boyes and Patrick Field. Thank you, Baldface. Until next year! The crew! Baldface Pow pow High fives all day Loading up the snow cat Optimal conditions
Snow
Volcom Welcomes Hailey Langland to Global Snow Team
Hailey Langland has been making a name for herself since she started snowboarding at age five. She exists in changing time zones, her passport stamped with groomer laps, take-offs and landings. She's got a front three that floats for days and radiates a style that's beyond her years. She grew up paddling into waves and pushing down streets in beachside San Clemente, CA. She first made turns at Bear Mountain and now calls Mammoth’s Main Park home, both proving grounds for sovereign snowboarders. She's fluid and explosive. She has a method that turns heads. It's the kind of kick-out that can't be learned. It's built-in from birth, harkening the past that's built for the future. We can't be more excited to welcome Hailey to the Volcom Family. She brings an impressive past, a promising future, and an unmatched personality which radiates passion and perseverance. While she joins us now, she has always been destined to the Stone. It was only a matter of time for the stars to align, and that time is now. Hailey Langland. Photo: Mike Pham // @phamuel "I'm psyched to be joining the Volcom Family! It's a dream come true to be part of a family that's much bigger than just snowboarding. I can't wait to see where this journey takes me." Hailey’s collection of heavy medals is already plush, though she’s truly just getting started. She landed a first-ever cab double ten in the 2017 X Games and earned her first Aspen gold. See? Just getting started. She’s logged time on podiums around the world. Slopestyle? Check. Big Air? Check. Three years in a row, she’s won the Drink Water Rat Race—a banked slalom where just getting to the bottom is a victory. And Hailey’s been the fastest. Three times. She’s the future of women’s slopestyle, yet her ease and authority with which she puts down tricks stretches far beyond contest boundaries. She’s the future of women’s snowboarding. Scratch that. She’s the future of snowboarding. Hailey wearing the Taylor Jacket (available in 3 colorways). Photo: Vernon Deck // @vernondeck Hailey's energy and style are pure Volcom. I’m super hyped on what she brings to the program. She's got full approval from the team. It's on!!!" -Remy Stratton, SVP Global Skate & Snow Hailey is serious about style and truly loves to ride. It's visible in every turn she makes, every slash, and every air she attempts. It's not fabricated. It's natural. Established at a very young age. At only seventeen, she's both a beacon to snowboarding's roots and a flare to the future, lighting up what's possible when talent, grit, and creativity are fused together. She says, "I cannot stress it enough how much style matters. We're all becoming robots out there, it's driving me freakin' nuts." Hailey on a recent trip in Saas'Fee, a resort village in the Swiss Alps. She has been True To This since she first stood sideways, but now, with the nourishment of the Stone, she can further feed her freedom of expression, and we are so stoked to welcome her to the family.
Skate
Skate and fashion: introducing Leila Afghan's photoshoot in London with skatebaorder @queeen_eevee
Leila once again captures the Volcom vibe in the streets of one of the most influencial capitals, London. @queeen_eve highlights some of our winter jackets and iconic Ozzie Wright's printed t shirts in her own style Check out her interview: Your favourite spot to skate? SouthBank - There's always something different going on Where was the first place you skated? Mile End Skate park. I remember passing the skate park and bare wanted to skate so my dad got me one of them Argos decks and I went with him and taught myself. Where is the last place you skated? Bay 66. But I didnt really skate it because on the way I tried bombing some fat steep hill and ate the most shit, that's the same day  broke my leg. How many bones have you broken? I broke like 3 bones in my leg but I cant remember which ones. Tell us about your injury... I dont remember how I broke them because I was drunk. I ended up going to a friends house and sleeping it off but in the morning it was soooo swollen. I couldnt move it so was time for hospital. Best thing about skating... You can have fun without having to pay for anything Worst thing about skating... There's nothing really bad about skating except when guards try and stop you from skating a spot and when it rains.  
Product
LONDON PHOTOGRAPHER LEILA AFGHAN IN NYC WITH SKATE GIRLS BRIANA AND YASMEEN
We were fortunate enough to sit with the 3 coolest chicks we know and ask them about everything skate. If you don’t know them already, you will. London based photographer (@leilaafghan), New York skater and model Briana King (@brianaking_) and Brooklyn babe Yasmeen Wilkerson (@yaz.so.mean) strutted their stuff in front of the camera and gave us some insight into their world. Leila, what's your favorite type of photography style and atmosphere to shoot? LEILA: I like weird and surreal - I shoot digital and film, but prefer the dreamy effect with film. When did you start taking skate pics and what took you there? LEILA: I started in fashion styling and photography, but am now progressing and combining documentary style, hence, taking pictures of me and my friends. Where is your favorite spot to shoot skate? LEILA: New York. Favorite spot to skate? YASMEEN: My favorite spot to skate is something new I've been fucking with called Delancey spot or BOCA LES spot. Its a walkway near the Willy B Bridge in Manhattan with a cement block, benches, curbs and other diy stuff. BRIANA: Coleman skate park. Where is the first place you skated? YASMEEN: The first place I skated was an empty parking lot by my house. I was too intimidated to skate in the open as I do now, and I barely knew how to push so I would take my board out there and try to ollie and get comfortable. BRIANA: Out front of the apartment. Where was the last place you skated? YASMEEN: LES skate park is the last place I skated. BRIANA: Blue Park Brooklyn. How many bones have you broken? BRIANA: 1 ankle. I attempted to ollie over 4 decks in front of a four stair, rolled my ankle, broke it, and couldn't trick or treat that night with my newly broken ankle. YASMEEN: My wrist (Smith fracture). Best thing about skating? YASMEEN: Best thing about skating is everything about it. The little lessons it gives you in humility, confidence, and persistence. Skateboarding taught me that strength isn't always physical. BRIANA: The homies! If I didn't skateboard I would be a lonely bub in NYC. And the worst thing about skating? BRIANA: There is no worst thing. YASMEEN: The fuck boys. ALL PHOTOS BY LEILA AFGHAN
Music
Burger Records' Sean & Lee on believing in yourself enough to put ThisFirst
Burger Records’ founders Lee Rikard and Sean Bohrman take us back to the early days of the label through the trials and tribulations that have made them one of the fastest growing labels in the world. It may not be easy to build your own dream world, but it definitely beats working at a job that makes you miserable. Be inspired to believe in yourself. Be sure to check out the Volcom X Burger Records collection!
Events
The Volcom Graw Cut is over
  We lent a Graw Jump ramp to ABS Lyon and to BUD Rouen for a whole month. People could take it from the shop, go for a session in town, film their best tricks, make a little Insta clip and get a chance to win one year of free Volcom Chinos ! Christian Vankelst, Volcom skate EU team manager and Paolo from Graw Jump were the juries and they were looking for the most creative clip out there. Congratulations to Enzo from ABS Lyon & to Romain from BUD Rouen ! ENZO > Check out the video here < ROMAIN > Check out the video here < If you want to see more check #VolcomBudRouen or #VolcomABSLyon on Instagram. Curious about the ramps ? Check http://www.grawjumpramps.com/ Cheers!