9 companies with a socially conscious culture
You can do good—and get paid for it.
If you’ve got a passion for social justice issues, why not work for a company that shares your values by offering a socially conscious culture? Research shows you’ll be happier for it.
A Deloitte survey of more than 1,300 workers at companies with socially conscious cultures indicates that 79% of respondents were more likely to state there was a high employee satisfaction at their company.
If you want to do work for a company that emphasizes the value of giving back, check out these employers.
What the company does: Foursquare is a local search and discovery service mobile app for users to discover new businesses and attractions to check out, with recommendations from other users. The company’s products are used by more than 50 million people monthly.
Locations hiring: New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles
Number of employees: More than 180
Programs offered: Foursquare is one of more than 40 companies working with the New York City mayor’s office on the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, a partnership designed to support the growth of the city’s tech ecosystem and prepare New Yorkers for 21st-century jobs. The tech company is also a corporate sponsor of No Kid Hungry, Code 2040 and ScriptEd, and offers Beyond Coding, a program designed to help entry-level programmers get the soft skills they’ll need.
Why the company offers these programs: “We are laser-focused on the future, and we want to do everything we can to make it delightful,” says Meghan Lapides, vice president of human resources. “We want to empower our employees, our community of 50 million monthly active users and everyone who interacts with our brand to take a stance and make a difference.”
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “Foursquare is a crew of enthusiastic self-starters who are passionate about the future of food, travel, mobile and location intelligence,” says Lapides.
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2. NuStar Energy L.P.
What the company does: NuStar is a leader in the petroleum pipeline and terminal industry.
Locations hiring: Across the U.S.
Number of employees: More than 1,200 in the U.S.
Programs offered: NuStar, a 2014 recipient of the Spirit of Caring Award, partners with the communities in which it has operations and provides resources to hundreds of community initiatives each year. Its volunteers, NuStar Superstars, spent nearly 90,000 hours in 2015 to charitable and civic causes, including fundraising initiatives, community clean-up events and educational outreach programs.
Why the company offers these programs: “Our employees are not only the best and the brightest in the industry, but they are also the most generous!” says Mary Rose Brown, executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “Across the company’s operations, our employees give their time, talents and money to help those who are less fortunate.”
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “Because our company’s unique caring-and-sharing culture is so important to our success, in interviews we emphasize NuStar’s guiding principles and put a lot of weight on attitudinal behaviors,” says Brown.
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What the company does: Founded in 2007, Bonobos is the top-selling men’s clothing brand in the U.S. The e-commerce company is the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the U.S.
Locations hiring: New York and all guideshop locations across the U.S.
Number of employees: 155 corporate employees and 165 retail associates
Programs offered: Bonobos offers employees one full volunteer day per quarter, which has included soup kitchen shifts, building homes with Friends of Rockaway, cleaning up parks with New York Cares and preparing meals with God's Love We Deliver. They also do a food and clothing drive during the holidays.
Why the company offers these programs: “The goal is to help our employees become better workers and to equip them with the skills they need to manage themselves and their teams,” says Tiff Poppa, senior manager of employee experience.
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “We hire based on our core virtues, which are hugely responsible for helping us hone our company culture,” says Poppa.
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4. Randstad US
What the company does: Randstad US is one of the largest staffing organizations in the U.S., providing temporary-to-hire and permanent-placement services each week to more than 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.
Locations hiring: Across the U.S.
Number of employees: 5,300 corporate employees
Programs offered: Randstad US partners with a number of organizations, including Junior Achievement, a nonprofit youth organization that educates students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs, and VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), the world’s leading independent development organization that works to fight poverty in developing countries. Through “Hire Hope,” Randstad provides under-served young women with career-readiness training, apprenticeship programs and employment services.
Why the company offers these programs: “We see the bigger picture and take our social responsibility seriously,” says Phyllis Finley, Executive Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Randstad North America. “We shape the world of work and our business must always benefit the communities in which we operate.”
What kind of employee the company is looking for: Finley says Randstad is looking for “job seekers with a strong drive to succeed, strong judgment and strong work ethic.”
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5. Allstate Insurance
What the company does: Allstate offers auto, home, life and other insurance to approximately 16 million households.
Locations hiring: Various locations in the U.S.
Number of employees: About 41,000
Programs offered: The Allstate Foundation conducts research, awards grants and helps to change lives with teen driving and domestic violence programs. The company has a corporate volunteer program that allows employees to give back to the communities where they live and work. They also have Bring Out the Good Month, which, in 2016, raised more $7.1 million in contributions, including a 15% matching gift from Allstate.
Why the company offers these programs: “Allstate is committed to social responsibility because we believe everyone deserves a good life” says Maryellen Thielen, corporate relations. “We believe corporations have the capabilities, society has the need and it’s good business for companies to address societal challenges.”
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “We’re looking for others who, like us, want to have meaning in their lives and work,” says Thielen. “Allstate’s values represent who we are and how we conduct ourselves: honesty, caring and integrity, inclusive diversity, engagement, accountability and superior performance.”
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6. Expedia Inc.
What the company does: Expedia is one of the world’s largest online travel companies, with more than 200 sites in over 75 countries.
Locations hiring: Various locations in the U.S.
Number of employees: More than 18,000 worldwide
Programs offered: Expedia’s Day of Caring initiative encourages employees around the world to leave the office for a day to lend a hand to deserving organizations in their own communities. The company also matches employee donations (up to $4,000) to eligible nonprofits. In addition, Expedia employees who volunteer their time can have an hourly rate donated to a nonprofit organization.
Why the company offers these programs: “Our success thrives on a shared belief that every individual can make a difference,” says Ingrid Belobradic, senior public relations manager. “We believe that leveraging our individual talents, as well as those of our fellow employees, can help make amazing things happen.”
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “Employees who want to contribute and collaborate to help solve problems,” says Belobradic. “Future employees will share a similar mindset to who we are at the core, which includes seeking new ideas, different ways of thinking, diverse backgrounds and approaches, leading humbly with transparency, speed and organization, bring data driven and interested in acting as a team.”
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7. General Assembly
What the company does: General Assembly is a global educational institution building a community of students empowered to pursue work they love through instruction and opportunity in technology, business and design.
Locations hiring: Across the U.S.
Number of employees: More than 700
Programs offered: All courses and workshops are offered free of charge to full-time employees.
Why the company offers these programs: “[We’re] centered around creating a better quality of life for our employees and enabling them to pursue work they love in a healthy and happy way,” says Alison Down, director of talent at General Assembly.
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “We look for a diverse set of individuals who are driven by mission and purpose, that are smart and want to solve interesting problems and build products that matter and change people’s lives,” says Down.
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What the company does: Etsy is an e-commerce marketplace where people buy and sell unique handmade goods.
Locations hiring: Brooklyn and Hudson, New York; San Francisco
Number of employees: 852
Programs offered: Etsy supports their employees’ philanthropic interests by offering paid time off to volunteer and by matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per employee.
Why the company offers these programs: “Being a socially responsible business is core to Etsy’s mission,” says Laura Campbell, senior director of global talent. “And we prioritize employees’ health and well-being, because it’s not just good for people, it’s good for business.”
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “We look for people who live and breathe our mission—to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world—and our values,” says Campbell.
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What the company does: Rolls-Royce is a global company providing highly-efficient integrated power and propulsion solutions. It's power systems are predominantly used in aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway applications. The company is one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets.
Locations hiring: Globally
Number of employees: About 50,500
Programs offered: The company actively works with schools and universities to increase interest and encourage diversity in STEM subjects. Rolls-Royce also offers community investment and education outreach programs and paid volunteer time off.
Why the company offers these programs: “Our programs support our company strategy and help ensure our continued success,” says Gaynor Nutty, early career recruitment manager.
What kind of employee the company is looking for: “We look for much more than just academic achievements,” says Nutty. “We need people who have excellent communication and team-working skills and are hugely solutions-focused to deliver the results we need, whatever part of the business they are in.”
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