The Patagonia company is known for both the quality of its open air sports products and its commitment to nature. Since 1993, it has given its employees the possibility to volunteer their skills. They can take a two-month leave during which they help a non-governmental organisation of their choice whilst being paid by the company. In 15 years, over 350 Patagonia employees have taken advantage of this opportunity. They have installed solar ovens in Bolivia, encouraged alternative modes of transport in Taiwan and cleaned beaches in Puerto Rico.