The Virtuous Business

At Oneupweb, we like to celebrate Good Humans. As humans, we should all strive to do the most amount of good with the time we’re given. Today, let’s recognize Good Businesses—because, after all, what is a business but the sum of its people.

In our social media channels over the past couple of months we’ve given out Good Human Awards to Redditors who had pizzas delivered to a cancer ward at a children’s hospital this summer. And we acknowledged Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp for going above and beyond when he gave a fan in a wheelchair not only a signed ball, but his batting gloves, jersey and even the cleats on his feet.

Today, we recognize a few companies using philanthropy to not only build their brand but to improve the lives of those around them. Here are three businesses imparting a little goodness into the world:

  • TOMS. TOMS Shoes has provided 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need in developing countries, and their giving is still expanding and evolving.
  • Warby Parker. Like TOMS, eyewear company Warby Parker donates a pair of eyeglasses for every pair they sell. In just one summer, they managed to provide half a million glasses and the gift of corrected sight to people in need, internationally.
  • The Depaul Box Company. The Depaul Box Company donates all its profits to its homeless youth charity, which offers shelter, support and the services needed to get homeless U.K. youth off the street and back on their feet, pursuing their education.

What makes a virtuous business? It starts with the people within taking a careful eye to identify a need and determine what to do to fill that need. And then it takes action without expectation of a return.

Who else would you nominate as a Good Human or a Good Business? Tell us in the comments, below.