Ms. S&C has a fondness for corporate do-gooders. She’s not so naive that she doesn’t realize that companies — who make social responsibility part of their mission — can make a profit from being just that. But, at least they’re doing something.
Some of her favorite products come from socially responsible companies. Newman’s Own, who makes her absolute favorite salad dressings in the world, donates all profits to charity.
Starbucks, who plays a crucial role in her morning routine, has made great strides in the areas of ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement.
And most recently, she’s discovered TOMS Shoes, which was founded on a simple premise: with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. They call it One for One. And yesterday, was their Day Without Shoes, a cause to help spread awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can bring to a child’s life.
The TOMS classic style comes in many colors and prints. These Blue Sumatra Vegan Classics, with a cool textured print, are said to be made for discovery and adventure. They’re also made using sustainable materials. The upper material is made of hemp and recycled plastic bottles. And given that they are vegan, no animal products are used. As if you needed a reason to buy these comfortable funky flats, you now have several.
Ms. S&C wants to know: Who’s your favorite corporate do-gooder, and why?
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I have the biggest crush on Toms’ chief shoe giver/founder. Love that company! Will definitely be investing in a pair.
I have the biggest crush on Paul Newman, and I was delighted to find his likeness on a bottle of wine at Kroger!
Not quite corporate, but j’adore Dave Eggers, everything McSweeney’s (and there’s so much: mags/quarterlies/websites/compilations, oh my!) and 826 Valencia, his non-profit for young writers (responsible for the “Greatest American Non-Required” collections, and, evidently, the running of a Pirate-themed Gift Shop. Really, swoon.