5 Great For-Profit Companies With a Social Mission

For-Profit Companies with a Social MissionRunning an organization with a strong social mission isn’t just the prerogative of nonprofits. Virtually any business can make giving back a core value, and the benefits of doing so extend to company revenue, corporate and consumer branding, employee engagement, and talent recruitment, just to name a few areas.

Edelman’s 2012 goodpurpose study reports that 76% of global consumers believe that companies should be able to profit while doing good, up 33% from 2008. Not only that, but a company’s social purpose is the leading factor in making a purchase decision (when quality and price are equal). Finally, 72% of consumers would recommend a brand with a social mission over one without; 71% of consumers would help a brand promote its products; and 73% of consumers would switch brands altogether!

We’d like to recognize a few companies on InternMatch that operate with social good in mind—we’re confident that their mission makes their internship and entry-level job programs all the more enriching.

A fun company with a fondness for fake mustaches, MindSnacks creates educational games to teach languages and other subjects. Besides making a killer app, the good people at MindSnacks are “passionate about revolutionaizing the way people learn.”

EnCompass LLC is a women-owned consulting firm in Washington, D.C. dedicated to sectors like HIV/AIDS, health, human rights, gender and development, education, and poverty reduction.

“All ages, all abilities, all girls,” is the motto of female skate brand All Girl Skate Jam. Surfacing in a male-dominated industry, AGSJ has been making waves in apparel, equipment, and television.

Working to make higher education more “accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective,” Udacity offers online college courses in a reinvention of the traditional degree.

Standbuy is a crowdfunding site that helps families dealing with cancer by relieving some of the financial strain. Sleek and simplistic, this startup has a huge impact on individuals and the communities that love them.

Are you an employer focused on helping out? Tell us about your company in the comments below, or tweet us @IMemployers!

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Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells is VP of Marketing and co-founder of Looksharp. He has spent the past decade helping students launch their career, researching best practices for hiring millennials (including running Looksharp's annual "State of College Hiring") and sharing these insights with employers. Nathan's work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Business Insider and more. Outside of work, Nathan is an avid rock climber, back packer and Bob Dylan fan.