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10+ Socially Reponsible Companies That Pay Workers Well

In case you missed it, there are a lot of protests going on all over the country today to highlight the low wages of workers in the US. Many are focused on the Fight For 15 strikes at fast-food establishments, but in fact, 42% of US workers are estimated to make less than $15 an hour, disproportionately women and minorities, and many of them rely on public assistance (i.e., our tax dollars) to get by due to the lack of a living wage. In essence, we as taxpayers are providing subsidies to businesses that don’t pay their workers well, to the tune of over $150B a year, according to UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

 

The familiar refrain is that companies can’t pay their workers more because of…the market. But there are many examples of socially responsible companies that do well by their workers and their bottom lines, from a little coffee shop in Minnesota that pays workers $12.50 per hour to a credit card processing companies that just lifted it’s minimum wage of $70K per year.

 

Check out this list of 10+ companies that, while they may not all be SWICH Approved, do treat their workers well. And GET YOUR SWICH SCORE TODAY and see if the places you shop at also do right by their workers and communities!

MILLIONAIRE GROCERY CLERKS

WinCo Foods

Supermarket

Employee owned WinCo is famous for having been employee owned since 1985 and generating enough wealth for the grocery clerks to become millionaires.  Without a doubt, that’s one of the best examples of “better” that exists!

$16 PER HOUR

Ben & Jerry’s

Ice Cream Shop

One of the highest profile B Corps out there, Ben & Jerry’s pays its entry-level employees $15.97, according to the Huffington Post. And they are trying to get the rest of Corporate America to do the same, being outspoken advocates of living wages!

$15 PER HOUR

Warby Parker

Eyeglasses

Another B Corp (notice a trend here), Warby Parker’s retail associates start at over $15, according to GlassDoor. That’s in addition to the company providing high-quality, beautifully designed prescription eyewear for $95.

OVER $13 PER HOUR

Trader Joe’s

Supermarket

Trader Joe’s pays it’s crew an average minimum wage of over $13 an hour according to GlassDoor. They did cut health insurance benefits for part-time workers in 2013, but those that work over 15 hours a week remain eligible.

OVER $13 PER HOUR

The Container Store

Furniture / Home Store

The Container Store checks in at #27 on Fortune’s list of Best Companies To Work For. And according to GlassDoor, Sales Associates make over $13 an hour

$11 PER HOUR

Ikea

Furniture / Home Store

IKEA raised it’s average minimum wage to almost $11 an hour in 2014. It varies by location of the store according to the MIT Living Wage calculator which calculates what wage is necessary to account for the costs of housing, transportation, food and taxes.

OVER $10 PER HOUR

Patagonia

Clothing Store

Another high profile B Corp, Patagonia’s starting salary is over $10 an hour. But that’s just the start, as employees get to take breaks to go surfing, and locally- sourced organic snacks in the kitchen amongst other perks.

$10 PER HOUR

Gap

Clothing Store

Gap, Inc increased it’s minimum wage across all brands (which include Banana Republic and Intermix) to $9 in 2014 and  pledged to increase that to$10 in 2015. According to GlassDoor, their average starting salary now stands at approximately $9.50.

OVER $9 PER HOUR

Wegman’s Food Markets

Supermarket

Wegman’s comes in #7 on Fortune’s list of Best Companies To Work For. And for good reason. Cashiers earn over $9 an hour,  according to Glass Door, and the company offers numerous perks, including discounted gym memberships and college tuition reimbursement!

OVER $9 PER HOUR

Shake Shack

Burger Joint

Shack Shack doesn’t get a great business score on SWICH – burgers + fries do a number to health and environment  – but they do get credit for paying their workers over $9 an hour. A better option than other fast food and enough to be awarded a High Road designation by ROC United, a workers advocacy group.

+1: There are many more great employers out there, both big and small. And we can help you find them!

 

GET YOUR SWICH SCORE TODAY to see if the businesses that you spend your money at treat their workers fairly and get recommendations to improve the impact of your $$$ on workers!!

 

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