We are all called to something greater than ourselves. As individuals, we should look for ways to serve. But on a larger scale, more companies are making it their mission and use their platforms to give back and make the world a better place! We want to highlight these companies and encourage you to offer your support.
Here is a list of seven companies that make the world better:
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
Airbnb is a travel network that allows individuals to rent lodging accommodations around the world.
“To date, tens of millions of travelers have chosen Airbnb to experience cities not as tourists, but as locals.”
With more travel comes a better understanding of humanity's similarities and differences. Staying in other people's homes provides a quality, yet affordable option and increases the number of people who are able to travel. This site has brought people together — homeowners can make an additional income and travelers have an opportunity to experience communities on a local level around the world.
Better World Books changes the world by collecting and selling books online and uses the money to donate and fund worldwide literary initiatives. They offer great prices and make a huge impact! Through their proceeds, they start schools, create libraries, offer teacher trainings, and provide scholarships.
3. iHeart Dogs
A website that hosts a community of dog lovers who not only believes but actively promotes that every dog matters.
In the past year, this site has fed 6 MILLION DOGS through the purchase of their products!
iHeart Dogs is a website that not only provides valuable information and quality products for dog lovers, but they also give back!
“For each product that you purchase in the iHeartDogs.com store, your purchase will fund the delivery of food for shelter dogs!”
Although many seek mental help, there are few affordable options available.
“Joyable provides evidence-based, affordable mental health services to the millions who can’t access them today.”
Joyable provides 1:1 coaches and mental care 24/7 through a laptop or smartphone.
Joyable offers a complete cognitive behavioral therapy program to help overcome social anxiety. 90% of Joyable’s clients see a reduction in their anxiety.
This program helps you to set goals, track progress, and offers resources so that people around the world can receive the mental help they deserve.
An organization who rethinks how to give. While some organizations give money to those in need to fund people's basic needs of water, food, and shelter, Kiva takes giving a step further and offers loans for people around the world to start a business and create an income for themselves that goes beyond a “handout.”
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Click here to see how Kiva works.
6. Warby Parker
Similar to TOMS shoes, Warby Parker sells a one-for-one product. For each pair of eyeglasses sold, someone in the developing world receives a pair of glasses too! This company believes in making an impact just as much as a profit. In addition to giving away a free pair of glasses to someone in need, they have also partnered with Vision Springs.
Vision Springs provides training for optometrists living in the countries Warby Parker donates their glasses. This way, the company has gone a step further by allowing the communities to receive opportunities for sustainable income.
7. Khan Academy
“A diverse team that has come together to work on an audacious mission: to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”
Anyone anywhere can learn. But many don't have the same opportunities. Khan Academy has provided a free online education for all! People all over the world can learn at their own pace and in their own language (translated into 40 languages).
An interconnected world has an obligation to serve and take care of each other. These companies do a great job setting examples of how to not only profit but to also invest their time and energy into leaving a lasting impact.
Tell us in the comments about more companies that are changing the world!