At one point or another, we all consider our own social responsibility to give back to the community and the environment. In some cases, the need for social responsibility influences our decisions. Most often, this comes in the form of working for socially conscious companies! In fact, a study conducted by Cone Communications determined that 76 percent of millennials, the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, consider a company’s social and environmental commitments before deciding where to work.
Therefore, social responsibility isn’t a new concept in the workforce. However, because of the increased interest from millennials, several companies expanded their community outreach efforts.
Here are the 20 socially conscious employers recognized by BestCompaniesAZ:
- Charles Schwab
- Farmers Insurance
- Spear Education
- Activision Blizzard
- Voya Financial
- Habitat for Humanity
- Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Take a look at what a few of these socially conscious companies are doing to improve the community and environment.
Best Socially Conscious Companies
As a renowned leader in the dental industry, Spear impacts more than 17,000 dental practices each year by empowering dentists with the tools and knowledge to provide their patients with optimal care.
In 2011, Spear Education created the Open Wide Foundation, a humanitarian dental care effort in impoverished and underserved communities around the world. The foundation purpose is to fund and build sustainable dental care clinics. Further, the Foundation supports the development of new, permanent dental care facilities where dental care options do not exist. In addition, Open Wide provides the necessary equipment and training to the new clinic in order to thrive independently.
CBRE is one of the largest commercial real estate services and investment firms in the world. In fact, in 2019, the firm made the list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth year in a row by Ethisphere. In addition, the company received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index for the sixth straight year. With scores like this, it’s not hard to see why BestCompaniesAZ recognizes CBRE as a socially conscious company.
The CBRE Foundation runs and funds the CBRE Shelter Program that aims to improve the living conditions for homeless and struggling families. The Foundation partners with organizations that align with their values to provide upgrades and repairs to housing facilities and low-income home. In addition, the Foundation operated the Birthday Cakes and More for Homeless Children initiative. CBRE employees hand-deliver cake to homeless children to celebrate their birthday. The program is wildly successful with 2018 employees delivered more than 1,500 cakes.
GoDaddy is a powerhouse Internet domain registrar and web hosting company, creating a reputation for itself as a charitable philanthropist. Embedded in its business model, is the goal to allow and assist businesses that seek an online presence through website and domain services. Nonetheless, the company takes on even greater responsibility in its community outreach programs.
The GoDaddy Communities program equips low-income communities with entrepreneurial resources including training and peer networks. In addition, the company contributes to organizations whose mission relate to STEM, education, and entrepreneurship through monetary donations, volunteer work, and advocacy campaigns.
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is a nonprofit organization with the vision to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This organization unifies corporate sponsors and volunteers to build homes. Correspondingly, through its facilitation, Habitat for Humanity earned it’s right as a socially conscious company.
Since inception, the organization built and renovated more than 1,100 homes throughout Maricopa and Pinal County. As a result, the company houses thousands of families in need in their community.
Ryan is an award-winning global tax service and software provider dedicated to serving businesses. As such, it serves more than 14,000 clients in more than 45 countries with a talented and diverse team of over 2,100 professionals. As a five-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award, the hard-working team routinely service its clients with unparalleled care.
Additionally, a key value at Ryan Companies is generosity! In 2011, The Ryan Foundation was founded to address health, poverty, and educational issues in the community. Since its inception, the Foundation donated millions of dollars to more than 200 charities. For example, donations have been received by the American Heart Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.