Companies where you can do well AND do good | Lindsey Pollak's Blog

Companies where you can do well AND do good

world_hands.jpgMore and more young professionals are seeking employers that offer community service opportunities

Check out this article from CNNMoney, “How to lure Gen Y workers? Do good.” According to the article:

Four in five Millennials say they want to work for a company that cares about how it affects or contributes to society, according to a 2006 Cone survey. Some 68% said they would refuse to work for an employer that is not socially responsible.

The article specifically mentions IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Merrill Lynch as companies promoting their community and philanthropic efforts to recruit young professionals. If you’re interested in researching other employers with a strong reputation in community service, environmental responsibility and/or sustainability practices, check out the following resources:

The 2008 Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

2008 Stevie Awards for Best Corporate Social Responsibility (scroll down to see finalists and winners including small, medium and large companies)

Of course, nonprofit organizations and government agencies provide excellent employment opportunities where you can have a positive impact on the world. Know of any other examples of great companies for volunteer-minded employees? Please share!

  1. Zanade says:

    They hit it right on the nose. I am twenty-five years old and I feel the same way about “saving the world” and it is important that my employer is the same. But my conflict of interest is that I work for the largest health insurance company and I don’t think it is necessary to note that not too many Americans favor health insurance companies! I don’t think they are doing their share but hey they pay the bills! At times I feel like going elsewhere because I don’t want to be apart of the problem.

  2. Paige says:

    I agree! I work at a private college, where I also attended for my undergraduate degree, and we pride ourselves on being socially responsible, actually teaching our students to be. We encourage our students to participate in community service (in some courses it is required) and I think it really affects the type of student we send into the world. I think we are definately in the right direction of “doing good” and I look forward to the positive attributes I can make as an educator and as a person.

    It really feels good!

  3. @ Zanade – Thanks for the comment. It sounds to me like your employer needs people like you who want to improve the healthcare system in the U.S. Perhaps there are some ways you can get involved in helping to change the industry from the inside out? We need future leaders like you!

    – Lindsey

  4. @ Paige – It sounds like your school is doing great things and really helping to create the kind of young people who will make a difference in the workforce and the world. Thanks for commenting, and thanks for all that you do.

    – Lindsey

  5. Great resources Lindsey. I can also recommend FastCompany.com. They have an entire section of their site dedicated to social responsibility. I also like their yearly social capitalist awards which include for-profits and non-profits who are doing good and making $.

  6. @ Maggie – Thanks for mentioning FastCompany.com. I love the magazine and didn’t realize they have a section on their website about social responsibility. I’ll check it out!

    – Lindsey

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