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3 Long-Lasting Sustainable Companies Teach How To Both Thrive And Give Back

3 Long-Lasting Sustainable Companies Teach How To Both Thrive And Give Back | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Inspiring Rockstars of the new economy ~ companies which inspire us with their ability to make money while making a difference, as well as their high growth and high impact."


Operating from 25 to nearly 225 years, these companies have maintained their commitment to mission through up and down business cycles, continued to create high-quality jobs and to improve the quality of life in our communities, and paved the way for today’s growing group of green, responsible, and sustainable businesses.


1) Sun Light and Power, founded in 1976,  has been providing renewable energy and energy efficiency technology to California homeowners and businesses throughout on-again, off-again government support for solar.

  • SLP has also remained devoted to its employees and the community and became a B Corp in 2009. 
  • Rather than subcontracting installations (a common industry practice), the company hires full-time employees and provides a living wage, health benefits, a retirement plan, and paid time off.


2) Seventh Generation founded in 1988,  is one of the nation’s most recognized brands of natural household and personal care products.  

  • The company has also grown its high-quality job base, doubling the size of its team to 113 in 2011.
  • All of Seventh Generation’s products, raw materials, byproducts, and processes are sustainable.

3)  King Arthur Flour, after nearly 225 years in business, their secret is: focusing on employees.
  • They began as a family-owned business before transitioning towards an employee-ownership model in 1996 and finally becoming 100% employee owned and thriving.
  • Aan employee-owned B Corp, KAF has the freedom to emphasize values beyond profit, like environmental responsibility, community engagement, and the wellness and satisfaction of employees. 
  • More than 80% of health care premiums are paid for families and both full- and part-time employees receive a living wage.

What are the priorities of your company?  One of Deb's recent posts:
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Sustainable businesses that are thriving are great role models for us all.  Sharing the examples thanks to B Lab and Fast Company's co-create listings.  ~  Deb

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Culture Reigns, The 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor, Employees Choice

Culture Reigns, The 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor, Employees Choice | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Glassdoor announces the results of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2013, their fifth annual Employees Choice Awards."

Excerpts:

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"I love coming to work and being around professionals that are willing to help each other and listen to each other."

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Best work ever


Pros – Ambitous co-workers. Great athmosphere. Interesting problem I've been working on. Newest technologies.


Former Facebook Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA – Reviewed Jan 16, 2013


Other "Pros" comments from top companies in the top 50:
   

  • "I love coming to work and being around professionals that are willing to help each other and listen to each other."
     
  • "The people are great. Everyone goes out of their way to help. The career opportunities are excellent. Citrix promotes from within the company this means that managers know and understand employees. The benefits are also good and there are 3 health insurance options."

   


And the "Cons" are also there:

  • "Seems like the company has started inserting many levels of management and not sure what they all do." 
         
  • "The processes and internal information is disorganized. I find my self in situations being asked if I have completed a certain task or process that I did not know it existed. Once it is clear I am not aware I learn and move on."

Culture related posts on Deb's blog:
   
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a different type of communication when employees volunteer their pros and cons on Glassdoor, vs. a typical culture survey.  The top 50 commentaries illustrate of what makes for company that knows how to move with the times AND connect with their people.  ~ Deb

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