One thing I know for sure is that “Purpose Changes Lives.”
There is no better example of that than my co-worker Jack.
When I started EarthKind, I had the intention to build a new kind of company and still do today. I truly believe that business can solve some of our most pressing social problems, and be a force for good in the world. When I discovered that there was 80% unemployment within the handicapped population, I considered this workforce as a viable option for open positions – and I’m glad I did. It’s been over 10 years and has become part of our corporate DNA.
Today, approximately 20 percent of our workforce has a disability and we provide those employees with fulfilling long-term jobs that focus on their abilities. Often the kinds of jobs that these employees would have had (if they were able to find work at all), were repetitive and non-challenging. They want to work, they are very proud of what they produce and Jack is a shining example of how a life can change when given the opportunity.
Just take a look at the video below and if it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye—well you have no soul!
What is even more encouraging is that our retailers embrace this. Lowe’s, for example, has a Supplier Diversity Program, and as part of that program, they came to us to interview Jack for the video you have just seen. They are committed to enhancing the economic growth of its diverse and small business suppliers. They love our company culture and our purpose—this is what they have to say about us: “We partnered with EarthKind because it provides our customers with natural alternatives in the pest prevention market, and its hiring practices positively impact the communities we serve,” Lowe’s Director of Corporate Sustainability Chris Cassell said.
I am so proud of Jack, my other wonderful “handicapable” employees, and the whole EarthKind® team. They have made it possible for us to grow in harmony.
And when people are happy in their work, it makes for a happy world, a happy family and a happy community.