Best Socially Conscious Companies in 2021

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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 10 socially conscious employers recognized by BestCompaniesAZ:

Take a look at what a few of these socially conscious companies are doing to improve the community and environment.

Best Socially Conscious Companies


Axon, the global leader in connected public safety technologies, is a network of devices, apps, and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer. Axon is driven by one clear goal: Protect life.

Axon Aid focuses on supporting first responders through a number of ways including emergency response drone teams, mental health resources, and volunteering in communities at no cost. Last year, Axon committed over $1 million for personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders, including a partnership with the National Police Foundation. Axon provided 1.25 million masks during the first month of the pandemic to five different countries. In 2021, Axon wanted to protect the lives of its employees along with their families and friends by providing free on site covid-19 vaccinations.

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 brings together corporate sponsors and volunteers to build and repair homes.

Through thought leadership and a tremendous passion for the community it serves, Habitat is most notably known for bringing people together to positively impact everyone involved.

Northern Trust

Through expertise and dedication, Northern Trust transforms the plans of the world’s most successful individuals, families and institutions into action so they can help their clients reach their most ambitious goals.

Community engagement is an important part of Northern Trust’s culture. Through their volunteer programs, employees listen, learn and work closely with communities to address their specific needs. Employees are given two paid days off to volunteer for the charities of their choice. Their service has spanned a variety of projects, including tutoring schoolchildren, collecting goods for food banks and running blood drives.¬†At its peak in 2019, employees volunteered 6,400+ hours for the community.¬†Additionally, Northern Trust has created a Covid-19 Relief Matching Gift program to encourage and leverage gifts from Northern Trust staff, along with a virtual volunteer hub where employees can register for safe and immediate volunteer opportunities while sheltering in their homes.

Spear Education

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 this last year, when it was more important than ever to support the community, Spear shifted course to tackle community outreach in new ways.

Diving into COVID relief efforts the SpearCares team sewed masks, delivered thank you cards to hospitals and fed healthcare workers.  They organized clothing drives, raised money during the Virtual March for Babies and donated to the Canine Companions for Independence annual fundraiser and St. Mary’s Food Bank.  Spear is committed to its local partnerships and with the help of Esperanca, provided 5 classrooms worth of school and hygiene supplies in a Back to School Drive and sponsored groceries for families in need.  Spear was a key player in the AZ Dental Mission of Mercy’s Drive Through Dental day, packing over 1,000 hygiene kits. Spear’s commitment to the community was a bright spot of hope for its team and for those in need during this difficult year.

In conclusion, what do you want from your employer? Do they meet your social conscious concerns? If you’re unfulfilled in your career, take a look at what some of the Best Companies in Arizona offer!

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