Whenever Outdoor Retailer rolls around, it puts tons of outdoor brands on our radar. We find the latest products and hottest trends. But it’s also a time to be inspired by the companies that are doing fantastic things. Check out these five brands doing good across the globe. 

We know there are many more. Tell us about other brands giving back by emailing snewsedit@aimmedia.com.

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