Business is often segmented into products and services, but for many companies. From a consumer’s perspective, it can be easier to see how a company is responsible and good stewards of ,say, the environment, by looking directly at their end product. For services, though, the impact is often harder to sleuth out.
But many companies, including bakeries and restaurants, as well as those that provide cleaning services, spa services, recycling services, electrical services, green building services and more, are doing good by providing opportunities to their employees up and down the supply chain.
Certified B Corporations Greyston Bakery, Cooperative Home Care Associates, Jack’s Bar & Grill, and Cascade Engineering Companies are examples of companies that “employ the ‘unemployable’” — people with disabilities or the previously incarcerated, for instance — and give their workers the means to improve the lives.
Other conscientious companies do good by their workers and consumers by providing excellent benefits, fair wages, generous time off, and give back to their communities via philanthropic and charitable programs. Some companies are employee-owned, which gives their employees a vested interest in the company’s success. (Read more about services, clothing companies and more that have an impact on our environment and society in our free report.)
Tech companies can be fantastic examples of services doing good, as well: Certified B Corporation Kickstarter, for example, is a crowdfunding platform that helps other companies reach their fundraising goals. Since its launch in 2009, the company has remained staunchly values-driven and dedicated to having a positive impact on society. Similarly, CircleUp helps a new wave of social enterprises crowdfund investments. The for-profit AltSchool utilizes technology and engineers to revolutionize education through research — in the hopes that their students will have a leg up as future professionals, family members and contributors to society.