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Do you know of a company that has a 'different' (i.e. not cut-throat, traditionally 'masculine') approach to business?

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MrsMerryHenry Thu 27-Aug-09 20:52:11

I'm doing some research for my work and would love to get names/ details of any such company.

Thanks in advance!

whomovedmychocolate Thu 27-Aug-09 20:53:45

John Lewis is apparently quite like that.

Or the Cooperative Group.

Umlellala Thu 27-Aug-09 20:55:08

what whomoved says

Waitrose, maybe?

Def the Co-op

whomovedmychocolate Thu 27-Aug-09 20:59:38

Waitrose is part of the John Lewis Partnership wink

They are all shareholders and get a share dividend yearly between 12 and twenty something percent of their salaries on average. Mutually decide on business matters, can sack the chairman blah blah blah.

PinkyRed Thu 27-Aug-09 21:00:26

Suma food co-op, West Yorks - an acquaintance works for them and they sound fantastic

whomovedmychocolate Thu 27-Aug-09 21:02:28

Ooh they are the apricot people aren't they? I love their dried apricots.

MrsMerryHenry Thu 27-Aug-09 21:07:06

Wow, thanks for your swift replies!

PinkyRed - what does your friend say about them? <<wonders if can wangle free apricots>>

Littlefish Thu 27-Aug-09 21:08:57

I think that "Rachel's organics" do, or used to. Not sure whether they still do. I also think I remember reading that "Ben & Jerry's" ice-cream is/was, but I think they've been bought out recently, so that might have changed.

Umlellala Thu 27-Aug-09 21:10:37

Yes, my sis worked for Waitrose/JL and rates them highly.

(Oops, I meant to delete the 'Waitrose,maybe' bit when I typed 'what whomoved says' as i realised my post was the same as yours. Why doesn't MN have an edit button?!)

whomovedmychocolate Thu 27-Aug-09 21:10:57

They were bought out and are big corporate now Littlefish. Rachel's organics that is.

MissisBoot Thu 27-Aug-09 21:13:09

Innocent - the people who make teh smoothies are supposed to be good - the CEO used to have a column in the Guardian Work section.

DunderMifflin Thu 27-Aug-09 21:15:04

Someone at my work had worked at Ford before and she said their standard maternity leave was a year's full pay... shock

MissisBoot Thu 27-Aug-09 21:15:55

Ford also used to pay for your NCT classes

Takver Thu 27-Aug-09 21:16:04

Try Ethical Consumer magazine, come to think of it of course they are pretty funky themselves, but also they rate companies in different fields according to criteria that you might found useful. (And I like them cos they listed our company as an Ethical best buy a few years back!!!)

Are you specifically looking for big companies? I think there are loads of small businesses that work to non-cut-throat criteria, not only what you might consider 'modern' ethical type companies but also a lot of old-fashioned family businesses, which are much more about making a reasonable living for family and workers than about growth at all costs.

squeaver Thu 27-Aug-09 21:18:20

Coca-cola now own a chunk of Innocent (minority stake)

Also Ben & Jerry's is owned by Unilever

CarmenSanDiego Thu 27-Aug-09 21:19:41

Lush, perhaps?

PinkyRed Thu 27-Aug-09 21:21:46

Well, Suma's a coop, so everyone has a stake in it, and they take on different roles - not too sure how this works in practice, but it seems that someone might spend some time loading pallets in the warehouse, and then move on to working in admin, or making decisions about hr policy. Decisions are taken collectively, which sounds a nightmare frankly, but I've met a couple of people who work there and they just love it - both very socially aware people, not materialistic etc.

MrsMerryHenry Thu 27-Aug-09 21:28:01

Takver, I'm open to looking at all companies of all sizes - even sole traders. I'm interested in how they treat everyone they encounter, staff and suppliers alike.

Great list, folks!

MrsMerryHenry Thu 27-Aug-09 21:28:36

Oh, and thanks for Ethical Consumer recommendation - I'll hunt them out. Are they subs only?

Littlefish Thu 27-Aug-09 21:32:16

How about something like Able and Cole, or Flights Orchard Organics - both deliver organic fruit/veg. Able & Cole is national, whereas Flights is local to where I live.

Takver Thu 27-Aug-09 21:35:38

Not sure whether EC is subscription only these days - it used to be on sale in Arjuna wholefood co-op in Cambridge many years ago, but recently I've only used their website

For small companies I'd suggest amongst others Eco-logic books, the Scythe Shop and Get Cutie

MissisBoot Thu 27-Aug-09 22:13:42

What about Dorset Cereals - they certainly market themselves as ethical so be interesting to see how they operate.

Takver Fri 28-Aug-09 08:14:01

Also Footprint workers co-op?

HeliumBee Sat 29-Aug-09 09:16:28

Phoenix cards - founded and run by women.

saintmaybe Sat 29-Aug-09 10:18:07

Infinity Foods, based in Brighton?

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