BURLINGTON, VT -- (Marketwire) -- 04/07/2010 -- Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of environmentally responsible household solutions, was named to Outside magazine's third annual "Best Places to Work" list, ranked number nine out of 50 companies.
For the past 22 years, Seventh Generation has fostered a unique working environment focused on transparency, work-life balance and fulfilling and relevant benefits to create an engaging, thoughtful and uniquely desirable work environment.
"An active outside lifestyle is a priority for our community members and our business," said Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and Chief Inspired Protagonist of Seventh Generation. "If we don't protect and conserve the environment, we won't have anything to enjoy, so this is a widely-shared passion among our company."
Seventh Generation community members enjoy fitness-related reimbursements and benefits, company-provided gym memberships and an on-site fitness room, and often gather to accomplish outdoor goals with mutual support. Outdoor activities enjoyed at Seventh Generation include endurance running; cross-country, back country and Alpine snow skiing and snowboarding; bicycling; outdoor conservation activities in the community; hiking, camping, sailing, and many other lake-centered activities at the company's Lake Champlain headquarters in Burlington, VT.
Outside's "Best Places to Work" list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com). Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees' enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement.
"These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they're all following the same enlightened path," said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. "They're successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive."
The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.
Seventh Generation was also honored as a top small business by the Society for Human Resource Management together with The Great Places to Work Institute, Inc. in 2009.
About Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation is committed to being the most trusted brand of household and personal-care products for your living home. Our products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets, and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation also offers baby products, including chlorine free diapers and baby wipes.
The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, and making the world a better place for this and the next seven generations.
For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company's website visit www.seventhgeneration.com. To read more about Seventh Generation's corporate responsibility, visit the Corporate Consciousness Report at: www.seventhgeneration.com/corporate-responsibility/2008.
ABOUT OUTSIDE MAGAZINE
Outside is America's number-one active-lifestyle magazine, with more than two million readers a month. For 30 years, we've been dedicated to covering travel, sports, adventure, health and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine ever to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Please visit us at www.outsideonline.com.
ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage "Best Places to Work," "Best Companies," and "Best Employers" programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.
ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA's career center: www.outdoorindustry.org.