PEOPLE's 50 Companies That Care 2017
An employee participates in Global Volunteer Week.
Salesforce is an information technology company that primarily sells customer relationship management tools. Employees receive seven paid days off to volunteer.
In March 2016, the company surpassed its goal of 17,000 volunteer hours, with employees working at 1,250 nonprofits worldwide, all part of its Global Volunteer Week
Employees at a holiday party for children in need in their community.
Ultimate Software CEO Scott Scherr tells new hires, “You are part of my family now," and then actually treats them that way. Ultimate Software also offers each family $300 per child up to 12th grade, to put towards extracurricular activities.
Veterans United sends new hires cards welcoming them to their work family and $10 to use towards enhancing someone else’s life.
Veterans United helps veterans secure home loans. There’s a sense of altruism throughout the company toward colleagues, community and the veterans they serve. Lighthouse Division was started after an employee talked to the CEO about wanting to do something more to help veterans who did not qualify for a loan due to their credit score.
Now, any borrower who now does not prequalify for a loan due to credit issues is referred by the loan officer to a home loan consultant in Lighthouse. If the customer is interested in help they are able to have a consultant review their credit report, talk with them about credit repair, budgeting and building good credit.
Each year during Genentech Gives Back Week, hundreds of employees participate in the Bay to Beakers Children's Walk to support children orphaned as a result of AIDS in Malawi.
Genentech discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company consistently not only shows up for its people during medical crises and other emergencies, but supports them with day-to-day well-being and work-life balance.
Employees volunteer to raise money for the education-focused local station, UNC-TV.
SAS is an analytics software company that finds unique ways to support their employees — including support for parents of kids with special needs, classes for parents of kids with autism and even a Caring Closet stocked with equipment like wheelchairs, crutches and shower chairs.
Wegmans Food Markets
Employee Jill Myers, who has given 12 years of incredible customer service at the Williamsport store location in Pennsylvania.
Wegmans Food Markets is a 92-store grocery chain on the East Coast. Wegmans trains 15 “Project Search” job candidates per year, coaching them in developing skills and work habits. In 2015, 14.5 million pounds of food were “reclaimed” from stores and distributed to the community to feed the hungry, and the company raised $3 million at checkout registers for hunger relief.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude employees share their passion for science with local high school students and teachers.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a widespread commitment to supporting employees’ every need outside work. On-campus amenities include massages-to-go, auto detailing and dry cleaning pickup. Military Support Resource Group (MSRG) helps those with loved ones who are deployed.
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Employees roll up their sleeves to build a playground in an underserved community in the Bay Area.
Adobe Systems Incorporated creates multimedia and creativity products, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Reader. They are committed to employee wellness, support for parents and focus on promoting women in the tech field. Employees enjoy an unlimited time off policy, and the company shuts down for a week in the summer and at the end of the year. They take paid 4-6 week sabbaticals every five years.
Publix Super Markets
Publix employees take part in community service efforts.
Publix Super Markets is a grocery store chain located in the Southeast. The company takes care of its communities through philanthropic efforts and the everyday heroics of its giving employees. Publix has a “Publix Serves Day” and in 2015, 4,000 employees volunteered with more than 125 non-profits related to youth, education and the plight of the hungry/homeless.
The company donated $1,085 per district to local causes (for a total of $121,000 donated that day). Publix also donates food nearing its sell-by date (lunch meats, cheeses, produce) to food banks, who distribute the food to church groups and food pantries.
NuStar employee and family in front of the company jet.
NuStar is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. When foreign-born employees achieve their U.S. citizenship, the CEO personally congratulates them and presents them with a letter and a patriotic memento.
CEO Brad Barron recently presented a patriotic tie to a Venezuelan employee who earned his citizenship, and he and Chairman Bill Greehey gave a Gucci scarf and hosted a party for a Ukranian employee who earned her citizenship after a long and difficult journey.
More than 50 TD Partners and their families help assemble 100 bikes for local non-profits to give to undeserved children throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
TDIndustries is a mechanical construction and facilities service management. Employees are called “Partners.” TD offers continuing education to all full-time Partners interested in pursuing an academic degree, from an Associates to Masters degree, paying 100 percent of the cost up-front.
IKEA US Inc.
IKA employee Jennifer Mohler visits a school in Kosovo that benefits from a Save the Children educational program that IKEA Foundation helped to fund.
IKEA US Inc. provides a spirited culture that is against hierarchy. The company promotes equity, creating careers for their employees and providing part-timers with great pay and benefits. Healthcare coverage starts at 20 hours and covers fertility and gender reassignment surgery. All co-workers may purchase a $3 Meal Deal to eat every day.
The Container Store
Employees form a receiving line to welcome a local "Super Fan" to the grand opening of one of their stores.
The Container Store creates high paying, satisfying, supportive, life-long careers for retail workers. Each Valentine’s Day, The Container Store celebrates National We Love Our Employees Day! Employees are given gifts, love notes and hugs from the company to thank them for their hard work. The Employee First Fund provides grants to employees experiencing unforeseen emergencies.
Employees receive $100,000 checks for helping the company meet certain goals over the last five years.
Hilcorp is one of the largest privately-held oil and natural gas E&P companies in the U.S. It gave $100,000 bonuses to all 1,200 plus employees in 2015. During hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Hilcorp provided approximately 25 employees with free temporary housing trailers for up to six months.
They also purchased 50 portable generators to loan out, now kept in a warehouse for possible loan if another event occurs. $50,000 was given to the 13 employees whose homes were devastated. Hilcorp then donated $100,000 to the Gulf Coast communities.
David Weekley Homes
The Raleigh team uses their construction knowledge to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
David Weekley Homes is the largest privately-held home builder in America, operating in 22 markets. The CEO fosters a true sense of caring for employees from spiritual support to helping them to purchase their first David Weekley home.
Employees at Workday's headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif., take part in a ping-pong tournament.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Generous pay and benefits complement community-minded programs. Workday helps employees — including those new to the workforce — get ahead through ample training and development opportunities. They also offer unlimited paid time off and volunteer time off.
O.C. Tanner Company
Each year, employees donate Thanksgiving dinner boxes to families and individuals in need in the Salt Lake City area.
O.C. Tanner provides employee recognition and engagement tools, using technology, awards and training to help companies appreciate great work. Over 95 percent of O.C. Tanner employees are touched by some form of recognition. Every year, employees receive $100 for Thanksgiving and birthdays, and $300 for Christmas.
Camden Property Trust
The annual Camden Cares event in Dallas.
Camden Property Trust is a publicly-traded, multi-family real estate investment trust. It offerns a “hugging” culture from the top down, where fun is encouraged, profits are shared, and family is valued inside and out.
Edward Jones has committed $4.7 million to support the Alzheimer's Assocations.
Edward Jones provides financial services to individual investors. The company hires people new to the financial services industry and recent graduates or military veterans with limited professional experience. One-third of their financial advisors are age 50 or older; 1,600 are over age 60.
Pinnacle Financial Partners
From baseball games to family picnics and Easter egg hunts, every market hosts a number of family events.
Pinnacle Financial Partners provides banking, investment, mortgage and insurance services to their customers. Pinnacle gave $1.2 Million in philanthropic donations last year. And employees feel that generosity. Associates can share and track stories of co-workers in need through their Intranet.
An associate with son with autism promoted the “Go Blue for Autism” on the site, which prompted a graphic on the CEO blog encouraging associates to wear blue, which led to many photos of teams all wearing blue along with scrapbooking materials for the mother to create a scrapbook of the photos for her son.
Geneva Ko and Tatiana Taylor volunteer on Impact Day, a firm-wide day of volunteerism.
Deloitte is an audit, advisory, consulting and tax firm. Deloitte aims to care for every person, providing support and growth opportunities regardless of status or perceived differences that extend well beyond their employment. Over the last three years, they have more than doubled the number of veterans they hire annually.
Navy Federal Credit Union
Employees participate in the "Rebuilding Together" project.
Navy Federal Credit Union is the world’s largest credit union, serving the military and their families. The community-minded company supports employees in their aspirations, giving them the opportunity to build a meaningful career. This year, they provided 100 grants to nonprofit organizations on behalf of employee volunteers.
Nationwide associates give back at a community furniture bank.
Nationwide provides a broad range of insurance, financial products and services. Investing in their associates, they have adopted the living wage of $15 and help employees get ahead professionally. Over 40 million was given in philanthropic donations last year.
Texas employees volunteer at Bonton Farms, a small urban farm in South Dallas.
Kimley-Horn provides planning and engineering consultative services. Participating in Durham’s YouthWork internship program, Kimley-Horn provided minority youth ages16-18 internships to gain on-the-job experience.
In partnership with a local high school, Kimley-Horn employees mentored economically disadvantaged students and organized fundraisers with contributions going to the high school.
Employee volunteers visit a school in the Bronx to teach children about identity theft and how to avoid it.
PwC focuses on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services, serving 84 percent of the Fortune 500. They offer a commitment to work-life balance, which allows employees to feel supported in living and working according their values and to make a difference in the world.
They also offer unpaid, voluntary arrangement for high-performing employees who want to take as much as five years off to focus on being a full-time mother, father or caregiver for a loved one.
Alston & Bird
Employees take part in a community service project to help an afterschool program.
Alston & Bird law firm offers a warm and caring atmosphere with tons of support and flexibility for families and the community.
Employees give back to the community during an event in San Francisco.
Autodesk offers information technology. Leaders support their employees’ personal interests by helping them give back to the community, make use of flexible work schedules to care for personal/family life, and take sabbaticals to explore interests outside of work.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Kimpton employees participate in a Pride parade.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants operates 62 boutique hotels and 54 chef-driven restaurants, lounges and bars in 30 cities across the U.S. Named after Kimpton’s founder, Bill Kimpton, the Bill’s Honor Roll program provides any child (grades 6 through 12) of an hourly Kimpton employee who makes their school’s honor roll with a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.
Ernst & Young
EY volunteers help underserved students gain access to college and succeed in tomorrow's workforce.
Ernst & Young is a professional services firm providing tax and financial advisory services. EY cares for their employees as people with personal lives, offering flexible working arrangements and generous parental leave. Whether it’s reduced hours or the ability to work from home, as long as employees can fulfill their duties and support their teams, EY will support them in finding work-life balance.
Recreational Equipment, INC. (REI)
REI employee Jamie McNeilly, John Ferguson and daughter Rhiannon are pictured during a "Yay Day" wedding.
Recreational Equipment, INC. is an outdoor equipment specialty retailer. REI is entering into a multi-million dollar partnership with the National Park Foundation to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The company has also shut down on Black Friday, paying its employees for the day off, encouraging them to #OptOutside and spend time in nature.
Colleagues across Roche Diagnostics come together for a day of hard work and fun in the sun to make improvements to parks and schools in Indianapolis.
Outstanding benefits and onsite perks of Roche Diagnostics — a diagnostic testing company — include employees’ families, even allowing parents time with their kids during summer workdays.
Through a partnership with the YMCA, children of employees (affectionately known as “Rochelings”) ages 5 through 12 can go to Camp Roche during the summer where every Friday, parents get the opportunity to have a picnic in the park with their children, and join in a quick game of kickball or basketball before heading back to the office.
Nugget Market's culture of family fun goes beyond great benefits to include company-wise field trips like whitewater rafting.
Nugget Markets is a grocery chain. Employees enjoy a strong sense of excitement, teamwork, fun and rewards. A Nugget tradition is to take the entire company whitewater rafting, holding multiple events so that as many associates as possible can attend. At only 22 hours per week associates get 100 percent paid medical insurance, a 4 percent 401K match and profit sharing, a long-term disability insurance policy and company-paid life insurance.
Team members volunteer for Neighborhoods Week.
Quicken Loans is the second-largest mortgage lender in the U.S. and the largest FHA mortgage provider. As part of its commitment to the community, Quicken Loans offers unlimited, paid volunteering time to all team members.
Employees participate in USAA's boot camp. In 2008, Brian Parks, a US Army veteran and IT director, started a military-style boot camp for interns and employees to help them better understand their military clientele.
The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 11.4 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. It has a military-style boot camp to ensure employees and interns get an inkling of what it's like to be in the military, like their customers.