Good corporate citizenship is motivating.
ASE reader Susie F. asked us to highlight some of the many companies that give to charity out of their profits. Many of them have a ‘buy one, give one’ program, others donate a percentage of their profits. This is a wonderful trend and ASE applauds their efforts. I’m sure many of you have purchased from some or all of these companies, and if you haven’t you can start now!
TOMS has had its global One for One Program in effect since its beginning in 2006. Espadrilles were their first product and for every pair of shoes they sold they gave away a pair of shoes to someone without shoes around the world. When they branched out to eyeglasses the same deal held. For every pair of eyeglasses they sold, they donated a pair to someone in need in the most remote and neediest areas. When TOMS branched out again into roasting and brewing coffee they gave away water systems in countries where people do not have access to safe water in the regions TOM’s sources their coffee beans. They currently have purchased support water systems in seven countries. Their sale of their newest venture, bags, provides training for skilled birth attendants and the vital materials needed to help a woman safely give birth. Finally, purchases of TOMS High Road Backpack Collection help with the training of school staff and crisis counselors to prevent and respond to bullying in schools.
Warby Parker, the eyeglasses company, is another of the better known “buy one, give one” companies. They partner with a non-profit called Vision Spring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need. Their non-profit also trains people in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses at affordable prices to their communities.
Denik.com is a company that makes sketchbooks, soft and hardcover notebooks and spiral notebooks. The covers of all their notebooks are designed by artists from around the world. With every notebook they sell, they donate $1.00 to building schools in impoverished countries and give 5% to the cover artist.
Hand in Hand Soap was founded after a couple discovered that five million children die each year from water related illnesses and that 45% of those deaths could be prevented by simple hand washing. The company makes hand crafted soap bars that contain no destructive palm oil, use only plant-based ingredients, are never tested on animals and are made in the U.S. For every product purchased, they donate one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in need in developing countries. Their non-profit partner is My Neighbor’s Children and they focus 100% of their donations in Haiti.
Cuddle and Kind sells hand-knit dolls. For every doll sold this family donates 10 meals. The dolls are made from natural, high quality cotton. The dolls are “safe, soft and cuddly”. Each doll is handmade by women artisans in Peru, providing them with a sustainable fair trade income. The goal is to provide one million meals a year to hungry children.
The Company Store has a “buy one, give one” program with comforters. For every comforter sold, they will donate one to a homeless child in the U.S. Their nonprofit partner is Family Promise and the comforters are shipped to their affiliates.
Walgreens has a “get a shot, give a shot” program with flu shots and other vaccines. Not all communities have access to flu shots and vaccines. The Walgreens program provides families in developing countries with lifesaving vaccines. Their nonprofit partner is the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. They have donated 15 million vaccines to children in need around the world.
In the Amazon Smile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It works only if Amazon shoppers begin their shopping at www.smile.amazon.com.
The literary mission at Better World Books has been part of the company’s program since they began the business. In 2011 they expanded the program by committing to donating a book to someone in need for every book they sell. Their non-profit partners are Books for Africa, one of their longtime literacy partners, and Feed the Children who find recipients for the donated books.
Yoobi means “one for you, one for me”. This company sells colorful learning tools and supplies. For every Yoobi product sold the company donates an item to an elementary classroom in need in the U.S. Their nonprofit partner is Kids in Need Foundation who identifies the classrooms and distribute the supplies.
Here is a company for pet lovers. BOGO Bowl has a one for one program and donates a bag of their premium cat or dog food to animal shelters or rescue groups to feed pets in need. They have their list of donation recipients on their site. If you do not see your favorite organization, send them the name and they will add it to the list.
REI is a cooperative, which gives dividends from profits back to its members in the form of credits toward their next purchases. The company gives back to employees by offering health insurance to part-time workers and giving other unusually generous benefits. It is always on the Fortune list of 100 best companies to work for. Stewardship of the outdoors is core to REI’s mission. They support local and international volunteer programs to preserve the wilderness and get people out of doors to enjoy and learn to love nature. They give employees paid time off for two Yay days a year to get outdoors and play. They are committed to use 100% renewable and sustainable energy. ‘Giving back’ is core to REI’s mission.
The Frye Company has partnered with Feeding America to help end hunger in America. 48 million people in America (one in seven) are food insecure. Feeding America is the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the U.S. A donation of $1.00 provides 11 meals. Frye’s new Harvest Bag is a limited-edition product. The price is $148 for each bag. Frye is donating $100 from the sale of every bag to Feeding America.