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A Generation of Good; 2013 Coprporate Consciousness Report

VOLUNTERING 1% OF OUR TIME 2013 Target 20 hours/week: 2,400 hours 2013 Achieved 3,364 hours, 40% above target Volunteering. 2013 was a banner year for volunteering — we went 40 percent over our goal. We ask people to volunteer 20 hours, but some were able to contribute more by flexing their work schedules and volunteering on their own time. Teams banded together to create their own opportunities ranging from coaching inmates to supporting community gardens and cleaning up city property. Employee Capabilities. Another success was our focus on developing our manager’s capabilities. Our Human Resources team took a hard look at the Vermont Best Places to Work Survey (BPWS) results over the past few years. We found some opportunities to improve in helping our employees understand the company’s priorities and their connection to the mission, in fostering clear decision-making, in meeting management and career advancement. We determined that we needed to focus on building our manager’s leadership capabilities to ensure that they are driving a positive culture. We ran a management forum four times during the year to develop managers’ skills Chapter 4 | build communities and to bring issues — such as the results of the BPWS results — to their attention. The scores from our latest Best Places to Work Survey (showing our jump to 3rd place from 11th among small/medium companies) show great progress. Managers are leading more effectively and employees are responding positively. While managers received 30 – 35 hours of formal training time and non-managers received 20 – 25 hours, we also promoted less structured training by providing more mentoring as well as opportunities for employees to work on projects that will stretch their skills. Our training expenses of $152,000 in 2013 were about 13 percent higher than in 2012. Nurturing employee well-being is critical in our performance-driven culture. We provided fitness benefits such as free gym membership and access to a trainer and nutritionist. While not mandatory, employees could set weekly milestones and track their goals publicly. At the end of the year, employees rated this fitness program number one in making Seventh Generation a great place to work.


A Generation of Good; 2013 Coprporate Consciousness Report
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