Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013 list is out and the best company to work for is Google. This year marks the fourth year that Google has earned topped honors on Fortune’s best companies list. Perks of working at Google include massages, three wellness centers and a massive sports complex.
As I browsed this year’s Best Company to Work For honorees, I noticed that corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs cropped up repeatedly. Here’s a look at the environmental and CSR initiatives that help make these companies some of the best places in the nation to work.
SAS is a data analytics firm located in Cary, North Carolina. Last year, the company was ranked third on the list but this year it sneaked up one position to second place. One of the new initiatives that helped SAS improve its ranking is an organic farm that provides food to the company’s four cafeterias. The farm-to-table movement is going corporate at SAS.
The Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, has been ranked among the top five best companies for the last three years; this year the company is ranked fourth. New hires can push back their start date for six months and volunteer at a nonprofit. Consultants that choose this option will receive $10,000 to help cover living expenses during the six-month period.
Quicken Loans, ranked 13th this year, is doing its part to help revitalize the beleaguered Detroit economy. The company offers employees cash incentives to move to Downtown Detroit, which will help rebuild this once bustling city.
Recreational Equipment (REI)
REI earned the 17th spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013 list. Part of the company’s new hire training includes an outdoor service project where employees get out into the community and get dirty in the name of service.
Employees of the 19th ranked Salesforce.com can take advantage of free yoga classes and are granted 48 hours of paid time to volunteer. Nonprofit organizations are still recovering from the Great Recession and programs like this provide a much-needed boost to charitable organizations.
Zappos.com is another example of a company stepping in to help a community that was hit hard during the Great Recession. The company, ranked 31st this year, will be moving into a new headquarters building in downtown Las Vegas. The company is bringing with it a $350 million revitalization plan for the neighborhood
Deloitte jumped 20 spots to 47th place on this year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Employees that participate in the Deloitte sabbatical program can spend three to six months working at a nonprofit organization while retaining full benefits and earning 40 percent of their pay.
These are just a few of the corporate social responsibility programs in place at the companies recognized by Fortune. As CSR becomes a more integral part of doing business, we will likely see more creative programs featured in future lists.