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Episode 502: Ways to Get a Job that Contributes to the Greater Good

Having a job that contributes to the greater good can add so much satisfaction and depth to work. It’s an increasingly strong desire for my clients considering job change.

There’s a lot to unpack here and the possibilities are greater than what one might initially imagine. Today, I’ll share information about four types of enterprises you can consider. Each of these examples employ people with a wide variety of skills, just like any company does. No matter what your skill set is, if you want to do good while you work, you can investigate these.

  • Nonprofits. This is possibly what many of us think about when we consider a company that does good. There are thousands of nonprofits of all sizes to address a variety of needs and interests. The American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the Sierra Club and The Humane Society are examples that have a high profile.

  • B Corporations. Certified B Corporations are a new kind of company that balance purpose and profit. In order to be certified as a B Corporation, these firms are legally required to consider the impact of their business decisions on customers, team members, the community, their suppliers and the environment. B Corps consist of everything from clothing to ice cream to banks. There’s a website, that showcases jobs at these companies.

  • Companies who give back. These numbers have increased a lot in the last few years. Consider the sock company Bombas that donates a pair of socks for each pair sold or Tatcha Beauty that’s financed 4.6 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa. Patagonia was a forerunner in this movement and has been doing good since 1985, having donated $89 million to many grassroots environmental organizations.

  • Firms that have large commitments to the environment. Our status here on Mother Earth is shaky unless we make some different decisions. Amour Vert considers sustainability at every step of the process when making their clothing and it plants a tree for every tee shirt sold. Honda announced that it plans to reach 100 percent electric car sales and cut all emissions globally by 2040.

If you want to benefit humankind in general, google the categories I mentioned. You’ll be surprised and gratified to see how much is available. If you have a special niche that you are interested in being in alignment with, like human justice or animal welfare, narrow your focus.

If you are considering career change you’ll want to partner with someone who has the experience. I bring 34 years of HR to the table and have placed thousands of people in jobs. I can help you, too. Reach out to me at to schedule a free 30-minute consult.

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