Badger's Social Initiatives
The Badger business is devoted to and built around the principles of kindness and compassion. Below are just some of the ways in which we support the people we work with, our suppliers, our community, and the people we serve.
In 2011, Badger became a Certified Benefit Corporation, which means a third party certifier rated our company's social responsibility performance, and offered guidance for how to continually improve our business practices. In 2013, we were rated in the top 10% of all B Corps! You can read more about Badger and B Corp here.
- We support farmers and farming communities, as well as our customers: As a Certified Organic company, our purchasing practices always put health of product for our customers and health of farmer community first by using Certified Organic ingredients in our products. In addition to our organic requirement, whenever possible we use ethically sourced ingredients in our products including Certified Fair Trade ingredients. Additionally, we serve a Certified Organic lunch to our employees every day and drink Organic Fair Trade coffees and teas. All snacks in our company store are either Certified Organic or from sustainable, local farms.
- Charitable Giving: Badger donates 10% of before-tax profits or $10,000 (whichever is greater) to non-profit organizations that focus on the health & welfare of children, local organizations serving the community, and the promotion of peace. Most years, the amount we donate is over 5x's our minimum. We also match appropriate employee donations up to $100. Read more on our Charitable Giving page.
- Paid Company Community Service: Twice a year Badger employees participate in a roadside clean-up. This is scheduled during a normal work day and all employees are paid for their service. Also, Badger employees are paid to volunteer their time for environmental and community projects during the year. See our video!
- Ecology Center Workshops: Badger offers workshops to the community including Composting, Orchard cultivation, Planning your Flower Garden, and Healthy Beekeeping. These are open to the public, and are on a voluntary donation basis.
Benefits Specific to Badger Employees (in addition to legally mandated state and federal benefits)
To promote a healthy work environment, Badger believes in company transparency and employee empowerment. Badger works diligently to make the company a great place to work, where employees feel respected and valued, accountable to co-workers and customers, and where communication between co-workers reflects a personal and caring approach.
- Free Lunch! Every day our chef prepares a hot lunch for all of our employees made from 100% organic and mostly local foods.
- Health Benefits
- Health Insurance
- Badger Wellness Fund: Limited financial reimbursement for health related expenses,including massages, sports equipment, non-qualified medical bills, etc.
- Medical Flexible Spending Account
- Long and Short Term Disability - company paid.
- Health Days - similar to 'sick' days but used when you need time off to stay healthy.
- Employee Assistance Plan - confidential, company paid, professional services to help address issues affecting personal and/or work life.
- Vacation Days: Including accrual and annual carry over of days.
- Life Insurance: Badger pays 100% of premium.
- Lunch and Work Breaks: Paid lunch 1/2 hour. Did we mention the free lunch we get everyday?
- Simple IRA: Badger matches a percentage of employee's contribution.
- Maternity and Paternity Leave: Paid time off to prepare for giving birth and caring for a new baby.
- Babies at Work: On a case-by-case basis a parent may be allowed to bring their new baby to work for the first 6 months. We have had 8 babies come to work since we began this program 6 years ago! Learn more.
- Profit Sharing: Every year funds are distributed evenly throughout the company based on number of hours worked.
- Quarterly Allowance: $25 of free product each quarter at employee pricing. All products are available at employee pricing throughout the year.
- Employee Loan Assistance Program: Offering small loans to employees for financial emergencies.
- Free long distance telephone calls up to 10 minutes.
- Bereavement Leave and Jury Duty
- "Do-the-Right-Thing" Policy: Provides an avenue for employees to raise concerns with the assurance that they will be protected from reprisals or victimization.
Sound like a great place to work? It is!