Fast Company today announced its third annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring businesses that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation across their entire organization.
North Vancouver-headquartered Arc’teryx was included among these top industry players due to a continuous commitment to leading with innovation and placing it at the core of its business and culture.
Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2021 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries, including computer science, biotech, consumer packaged goods, nonprofit, education, financial services, cybersecurity, and engineering.
Working together, Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers scored nearly 1,500 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies. The 2021 awards feature workplaces from around the world with several of the honorees based outside the U.S.
Almost 30 years after rebranding from Rock Solid to Arc’teryx, in homage to the Archaeopteryx, an ancient ancestor of today’s birds, the B.C. brand remains steadfast in its devotion to innovation, construction and reliability, even when swept into the churning fashion industry.
“These leaders and teams created cultures of innovation and sustained them, even as remote work extended into 2021,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.
“This newest list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators honors those organizations that found ways to collaborate and invent despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, ensuring employees were at the forefront.”
Arc’teryx is owned by Finland-based sporting goods conglomerate Amer Sports, which was acquired and taken private by a group of investors led by China’s ANTA Sports and including Vancouver’s own Chip Wilson in 2019.