11 Companies That Give Back & Are Hiring Now


For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have, but also to think about how we can give back to those around us. Many forward-thinking companies are now asking the same question: how can we give back to our communities and our planet?

These companies established incentive programs for employees to volunteer their time and donate their money, in order to make the maximum impact possible – like Microsoft, which contributes $25 to a charitable cause for every hour that an employee volunteers, and matches donations up to $15,000. Some of these companies have also created targeted programs to redistribute profits to underserved communities, like the LEGO group, which transferred 25% of its ownership to the LEGO Foundation, which funds education and community benefit programs.

Giving back doesn’t just have to be something you fit into your spare time outside of work. These 11 companies have truly made giving back a part of their mission, which allows employees to make an impact all year round.

Costco Wholesale

Company Rating: 3.9

How They Give Back: Costco is rooted in community giving through their donation matching and local charity programs. Local organizations and groups that focus on children, education, or health and human services can apply for grants and donations from their local Costco warehouse. In addition, Costco offers charitable gift matching for eligible employees and organizations.

What Employees Say: “They have great benefits, 401k, PTO and raises are done by number of hours worked. They are willing to let you work in other departments to make up hours if you want to if they need help. Great opportunities for growth and moving up to management. They treat their employees well, overall a very nice place to work.” Former Employee


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The Walt Disney Company

Company Rating: 3.9

How They Give Back: In 2016 alone, the Walt Disney Company gifted more than 400 million to nonprofit organizations through charitable donations, product contributions, and public service announcements. Disney has also prioritized giving back to the earth, with projects like their Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm, which houses 48,000 solar panels. In addition, Disney makes giving back a priority for their employees through the VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities to volunteer their time and give donations to the non-profit of their choice.

What Employees Say: “One of the most admired and beloved companies in the world, and for good reason. Want to work with some of the best in your field? Interested in some of the most compelling IP in the creative world? Love a company with top tier resources? Look no further. Some benefits, like free theme park admission, are spectacular and truly unique. Beautiful campus in Burbank, with great amentities like an onsite gym. Better than average HR team, that was nothing but kind to me in all of our dealings. A company you can say you’re proud to work for, that speaks to its ethics by regularly working them into existence.” –Former Senior Financial Analyst


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Whole Foods Market

Company Rating: 3.5

How They Give Back: on “5% Days” at Whole Foods locations around the country, five percent of the day’s sales are donated to local nonprofits and educational organizations. And that ethos of giving is echoed in the company’s giving back to the global community – more than 5% of their total net profits are given back to the community annually, according to Whole Foods. The Whole Planet foundation, the charity offshoot of Whole Foods Market, has disbursed over 65 million in donations worldwide to alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods around the world, and created more than 2.3 microcredit loans to entrepreneurs without access to credit.

What Employees Say: “I worked as a part-time cashier for 8 years at my local WFM store, and felt proud to be part of the team! Hourly pay was excellent, and I always found that the team leaders worked right along side their team members. Even though I was just part-time, they treated me as a valued employee. They knew I worked a full-time job and worked around my schedule. They welcome feedback from employees on ways to improve things for employees and customers. They provide ongoing training on organics, safety, store policies, individual products, etc. I loved being part of this company and only left my job because I needed to dedicate more time to my full-time job at another company.” –Former Front End Cashier


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Burt’s Bees

Company Rating: 3.5

How They Give Back: The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation gave over $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in 2016, and plans to step that up even further by doubling the foundation’s yearly donation amount by 2020. In addition, Burt’s Bees gives back to the planet – both by maintaining an average of at least 99% natural ingredients across their product portfolio, as well as in their offices, by implementing a zero waste policy. Employees stick to a recycling, composting, and trash sorting regime in each of Burt’s Bees offices that diverts all of their waste from the landfill.

What Employees Say: “Great environment and group of people to work with. Burt’s Bees is a great company that practice what they preach.” Current Employee


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Lush

Company Rating: 3.9

How They Give Back: Lush puts giving at the center of their business, and wears their charitable heart on their sleeve. One hundred percent of the purchase price of the Charity Pot, a lotion they invented in 2007, goes straight to charity. Since its creation, proceeds from the Charity Pot have allowed Lush to donate more than 18 million to a thousand grassroots organizations. Lush also works with organizations to create limited edition products that are created with the aim of helping those in need.

What Employees Say: “Free products, great product discounts, can be creative in what you wear to work. Love the values, and history of the company. All products are handmade and eco-friendly.” Former Sales Associate


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Lego Group

Company Rating: 3.9

How They Give Back: This year, the LEGO Group topped the Global CSR RepTrak100 survey, a widely renowned benchmark for companies that are serious about corporate social responsibility (CSR). The LEGO Group engages with local communities through employee volunteering programs, which have reached children across 20 different countries, and through collaboration with the LEGO foundation, which owns a quarter of the LEGO group.  

What Employees Say: “Great coworkers, exceptional management, enthusiastic training and development, new LEGO sets rolling in all the time, happy kids and happy parents, creative opportunities, building display LEGO sets, massive discount on personal purchases.” Former Brick Specialist


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Ten Thousand Villages

Company Rating: 3.9

How They Give Back: Ten Thousand Villages stocks products from artisans from around the world, each of whom is paid through the Fair Trade platform, ensuring that people around the world get fair wages and resources. Ten Thousand Villages said that since its inception, over 140 million has been directed to artisans who would otherwise be underemployed or unemployed.

What Employees Say: “Dedicated and professional people. More than just a retail company, this company strives to help alleviate poverty. Work is very satisfying.” Current Employee


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Kiehl’s

Company Rating: 3.5

How They Give Back: Kiehl’s gives back with flair: their annual LifeRide for amfAR is a week-long motorcycle ride across the country that raises both awareness and funds towards finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. This is just one example of their charitable giving – since 2010, Kiehl’s has raised almost $6 million for charity. In addition, Kiehl’s makes a conscious effort to give back to the earth – for every empty Kiehl’s container you bring back to the store to be recycled, you’ll get a stamp, which after 10 stamps can be used to get a free Kiehl’s product up to $11 in value.

What Employees Say: “I really enjoyed my time working at Kiehl’s. The company has a great history and a lot of really quality products. I absolutely loved being part of the L’Oreal family; the benefits and product gratis are incomparable. If you’re ambitious, there is a lot of room to grow within the company.” –Former Assistant Store Manager 


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Microsoft

Company Rating: 4.0

How They Give Back: Microsoft participates in donation matching for employees, and also contributes $25 to a charitable cause for every hour that an employee volunteers. Their innovative Employee Giving Program has resulted in more than $1 billion being donated to nonprofits around the globe wince its inception. In 2015 alone, the program raised $125 million. And employees are truly involved in this initiative – according to Microsoft, the Employee Giving Program has 74% employee participation.

What Employees Say: “Smart people, bold ambitions, global impact, hard work, constant opportunity to learn grow and improve. This company is constantly challenging and reinventing itself. Great sense of social responsibility also.” –Current GM


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Kindred Healthcare

Company Rating: 2.8

How They Give Back: “At Kindred, our Mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that maintaining the highest standard of care and the best working environment requires the dedicated effort of everyone on the Kindred team.”

What Employees Say: Great co-workers that were very compassionate. Flexible work schedules. Fun work environment encouraging employee community interaction. Great benefits package and competitive salaries.” –Former Payroll Benefits Coordinator


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Booz Allen Hamilton

Company Rating: 3.7

How They Give Back: “Because of its long-standing commitment to developing a strong and diverse STEM workforce, Booz Allen Hamilton introduced STEM Girls for Social Good (SG4SG), a program that offers girls opportunities to learn STEM concepts while exploring real world social problems. In summer 2016, nearly 50 middle and high school girls from Washington, DC, participated in the program, joining Booz Allen employees and the firm’s summer interns to learn about food deserts. Using STEM disciplines, participants identified zip codes that contain food deserts—areas where access to affordable, healthy food options is limited or nonexistent. The students also explored viable options to combat food deserts on a macro scale, and help those who live in them gain access to healthier options.”

What Employees Say: “Great culture, and there is always work as an associate Subcontracts admin. Most Client Staff are great to work with. the Subcontracts team is very interactive and work closely with each other. If you don’t know it, just ask, no one will undermine your work.” –Current Associate


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