For many of us, finding a great job at the right company is about much more than a solid salary. Beyond financial security, we want to be proud of where we work. We want to contribute to a company that we feel shares our values. For me, that’s always meant seeking to work for companies that give back. These days, it’s easy to find out what kind of “heart” your potential employer has through a quick internet search. What I’ve found is that there are a few common ways different companies and their employees give back. Find those that resonate with you, and you’re on your way to forming a list of must-apply-to companies.
One of the things that drew me to—and keeps me at—Progressive Insurance is the support and encouragement we get for giving back. Our employees participate in variety of charitable programs including “Habitat for Humanity,” “Christmas for an Angel,” “Teaching Foundation School Supplies Drives,” the “Athena House for female Veterans,” “Adopt a Family for the Holidays,” and working events for local food banks and Humane Societies. We’re also encouraged to share our volunteer hours and information about upcoming opportunities to give back through the “Caring Corner” section of our internal Social Responsibility site.
Several companies offer their employees the benefit of matching funds for their favorite 501c3 charities. Progressive, for example, has the Progressive Insurance Foundation, where 100 percent of the funds sent to charities are directed by their employees. Employees can submit to have their donations matched by the Foundation and, once verified, checks are mailed to the designated charities. In its 20 years of existence, the Progressive Insurance Foundation has been able to match all legitimate requests dollar for dollar. As a company, we’ve donated over 50 million dollars.
At Progressive, we do things such as reuse and repurpose furniture, packing supplies, and building materials where and when it makes sense to do so. Batteries used internally as well as those used by our employees at their homes are collected for proper disposal. And we’ve had a plan to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint since 2007. Through this effort, we continue to reduce energy consumption annually. By 2018, we’d seen a 58% reduction in our measured carbon emissions.
If working for a company that you deem to be a good community partner is important to you, it’s worth taking the time to research. During the interview process, don’t be shy about asking your recruiter about the company’s social responsibility philosophy and programs. You might learn enough to see yourself working for the company and helping advance their efforts even more by joining them.