Today’s global economic situation has many questioning the ethics and intentions of large corporations. Much of the blame for unstable markets, high consumer prices, and unequal wealth distribution gets placed on some of the best known multi-billion dollar corporations. While some of this may be (and probably is) accurate, many of these same companies receive much less credit despite great efforts to do their part in giving back to their communities.
So who are these companies? Five of the most ethically managed companies in America are given their fair mention below for some of the good works that they do. These are companies that are based in the United States and have made significant contributions to improving our society.
Easily one of the biggest companies in the country, Google is also one of the most ethical. The search giant operates a philanthropic arm that has given out over $100 million in grants to a wide range of causes. Google offers grants to small companies that have great ideas for the use of technology in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues.
In addition to helping small companies who have potential and talent, Google has also been known to provide disaster relief when needed. Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Google has been improving their efforts to assist areas that have been hit hard by natural disasters.
Everybody loves a good cup of coffee. When proceeds from that cup of coffee go towards improving the world around us, we love it even more. Every year the Starbucks Foundation supports a diverse number of causes.
Starbucks operates literacy programs all over the United States and Canada, but doesn’t stop at a good book. The coffee mogul’s also back up the communities that they’re located in in a number of other ways. They aim to increase access to education wherever they are, from the towns and cities where their coffee shops are located, to the communities that provide their signature coffee blends. From agricultural training to sustainable water solutions, to increasing literacy rates, Starbucks is a large corporation that really intends to make a difference.
Founded by the son of Henry Ford in 1936, the Ford Foundation is a philanthropic organization separate from the Ford Motor Company. The Ford Foundation’s main goals as mentioned in their mission statement are to support our democratic values, reduce the effect of poverty, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievements. They achieve these broad goals by providing grants to small non-profit organizations who can reach the demographics that the Foundation is trying to assist.
More than convenience and great deals, Wal-Mart gave over $959.9 million in donations globally in 2011. $872.7 million of that went right to non-profits supporting under served communities right here in the United States, while approximately $86.2 went to support projects overseas.
In addition to giving cash donations to non-profits, the Wal-Mart foundation also donates human hours to these organizations. This comes in the form of their highly talented team of grant writers, who have helped to generate over $13 million in grants for small, local non-profits.
Despite their initially poor performance on the publicly traded stock market, Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has proven to be a very generous philanthropist. Most notably Mr. Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey, public school system.
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