US Job Searching Socially Responsible Companies
24 August 2006 at 1:08 pm
Online social network company Care2.com has launched a job search site that highlights socially responsible companies in the US after a survey found that employees are prepared to put their salaries where their values are.
According to the recent survey, 48 percent of employees say they would work for less pay, if they could work for a socially responsible company.
And the survey says they would work hard too! According to the survey 40 percent of employees would be willing to work longer hours for a job at a socially responsible company.
Randy Paynter, Care2’s founder and CEO says this result should be a wake up call to employers and companies that are taking steps to be more socially responsible and environmentally friendly have an advantage in the hiring market.
To match individuals with career opportunities that meet their values, Care2 has launched its “Care2 JobFinder, which it claims is the world’s largest listing of jobs at eco-friendly, socially responsible, and Not for Profit organisations. (Care2 JobFinder: http:// jobs.care2.com/)
Paynter says it used to be that you had a choice: ‘make money’ or ‘make a difference’ and now there are lots of job opportunities at socially responsible companies, if you know where to find them.
The Care2 JobFinder was developed in partnership with SimplyHired, one of the world’s largest search engine for jobs.
Over 200,000 companies were screened for both positive and negative attributes including community impact, corporate governance, diversity, employee relations, environment, human rights and product offerings.
Care2.com says this process yielded over 100,000 job opportunities at socially responsible and environmentally friendly companies as well as 70,000 jobs at NFP organisations.
Care2’s survey also found:
– 73 percent of workers said it was “very important” to work for a company they believe is “socially responsible”.
– 46 percent report their current company is relatively socially responsible.
– 35 percent report having actually left a company because they believed it was not socially responsible.
Companies most mentioned as “socially responsible” by survey respondents were:
– Ben & Jerry’s
– The Body Shop
– Seventh Generation
– Whole Foods Market
– Working Assets
Women and men were equally likely to say it is “very important” to work for a socially responsible company.
Age and responsibility do continue to go hand in hand with 78 percent of respondents over 60 ranking socially responsibility as “very important,” while just 47 percent under 18 respondents did the same.
Nearly 1,600 people completed the survey posted on the Care2.com Web site.