Social Responsibility: 10 Companies Giving Their Hearts Out
By: Rachel Pollard 12/02/2014
For these companies, social responsibility is the driving force behind their business. While it might seem like you can’t make an impact, every small act of giving impacts a life. As a business, it’s important to give back and help others. It doesn’t matter what your business is – you can always find a way to give back. Let us know how you give back in the comments below!
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1. AuctionsByCellular 40
AuctionsByCellular (ABC) combines easy-to-use technology with a team of charity event experts to deliver successful fundraising campaigns. From school auctions to charity events, to churches, to nonprofits, ABC helps charities raise more money by utilizing their unique mobile bidding technology. Their technology allows you to automate your auction, which lets your guests bid with their own cellphone at your event or anywhere in the world. Their mission is to enhance lives by delivery friendly solutions that foster generosity. Trusted by hundreds of companies nationwide, ABC helps organizations raise more money for good causes.
2. Better Life Bags 16
The intention and desire that Better Life Bags has, is to make lives better – not the lives of the customer, but the lives of those who could never even dream of affording a Better Life Bag. After being disappointed with diaper bag styles and choices in her price range, Rebecca decided to make her own. After posting on Facebook, she got tons of responses for orders and special requests; thus, her custom bag business was born. While she enjoys providing fun bags to people, at the heart of her business is using the platform to give back to others. She gives a percentage of all profits to low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva.org. She also hires women who would otherwise not be able to work and pays them a living wage (20-25% of the total retail price).
3. iCG$ 8
iCG$ is an independent brand that is based out of the United States. By combining innovative design with quality materials, iCG$ strives to create classic, timeless clothing that is released in limited quantities. Their goal? To provide college students with the financial literacy education that they often lack in order to help college students repay their loans. An annual scholarship is offered; 40% of your purchase will go directly to this scholarship fund. By providing students with the financial literacy they need to lower their debt, they believe students will be able to make smarter decisions with their money, which ultimately, affects their life for years to come.
4. Sevenly 5
Founded out of the core belief that “People Matter,” Sevenly was created. Their journey to help do their part in helping to change the world began in 2011; since then, they have been activating the “cause art” movement worldwide by creating 7-day cause campaigns. By inviting customers to purchase products, a weekly charity would receive $7 for each product that is purchased. Sevenly is now recognized as one of the nation’s leading “social good” companies, and has recently been named “America’s most social business.” Sevenly, because people matter.
5. Krochet Kids 3
Krochet Kids believes in the capabilities of all people. Their goal is to holistically equip people living in poverty with the skills, education, and resources to change their lives forever. Through their multi-faceted approach, they work with each beneficiary to create a path toward independence. While working with highly vulnerable women who live in extreme poverty across the world, they empower women with the resources to rise above poverty by empowering them and transforming their families and communities.
6. BARNABAS 1
BARNABAS, a clothing company, believes that we live in a culture that is flooded with violent images and unsettling messages that set the standard for what is ‘normal,’ which is why they want to “Be bold and courageous!” By encouraging anyone and everyone to be fearless in making choices that make a difference in their life and those around them, they think the best way to get this message out is to be living examples of it. Living a life worth imitating is BARNABAS’s mission – they are more than a logo or brand – they are an identity and lifestyle. BARNABAS is inspired by the work of the Living Room International organization does in Kenya, which is why 10% of all sales go directly to this non-profit.
7. Hydros 0
1 in 7 people lack access to clean water, by purchasing a Hydros Bottle, you are joining Operation Hydros – the fight against the global water crisis. Not only does your bottle provide you with great tasting water on the go, each purchase helps fund sustainable water projects. In fact, purchasing just one Hydros Bottle provides clean water for someone in need for one whole year. Not only do Hydros Bottles provide people with clean water, they also decrease the amount of plastic water bottles.
8. Footprint Partners 0
While many companies pledge to participate in corporate social responsibility actions, many do not follow through with their stated goals. Footprint Partners provides a unique insight and tools to help businesses and organizations achieve their sustainability goals and commitments. Their focus is on people and their team of diverse individuals counsel companies who are looking to take a more serious look at their sustainability strategies. Footprint Partners has developed four proprietary diagnostic tools that pinpoint cultural obstacles to adoption, there are as follows: Sustainability Cultural Alignment Assessment, Sustainability Readiness Index, Leadership Competency Model for Sustainability, and Sustainability Message Map.
9. Centre for Sustainability and Excellence 0
The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence is a leading boutique firm specialized in global sustainability (CSR) consulting, coaching, and training. Since 2004, their dedicated team has been able to assist clients to achieve higher performance, build brand loyalty, and innovate through sustainable practices. They are the only firm that offers Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment accreditation, which is a global professional certification for Sustainability (CSR) Practitioners.
10. Revolution Foods 0
Revolution Foods builds lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all. Founded by two moms who were looking to transform the way America eats, they decided to provide healthy, affordable meals to schools because they believe proper nutrition is a cornerstone of providing youth with the nourishment they need to lead successful, healthy lives.