5 Companies That are Making a Difference

By Heather Gunn

Companies and organizations that strive to make a difference in the community are often worth supporting. That’s why we wanted to compile a list of five well-known companies who are using their platforms for good.


Starbucks is a global brand that has taken major steps to give back to the community a promote sustainability. They state that their products, especially their coffee beans, are ethically sourced. In addition, they created the Starbucks Foundation, which has a variety of initiatives focused on education, natural disaster relief, and more.

They also have made large strides recently to combat the issue of plastic waste; They announced that they will be phasing out plastic straws and replacing them with new lids that allow the consumer to sip the product easily (kind of like an adult sippy-cup…but cooler). These lids are already in circulation, and can be asked for in place of the regular iced-drink lid and straw.

Find out more here: https://www.starbucks.ca/responsibility/community

TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes is known for their one-for-one model, which means that when you buy one pair of their shoes, they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. Their classic shoes are a casual, canvas slip-on that comes in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes, and they’ve expanded their styles over the years to more sneaker-like designs and even wedge high-heels.

You can feel good about buying TOMS Shoes, because charity and giving back is the basis of their company.

Find out more here: https://stories.toms.com/


Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft, is known for being philanthropic. He and his wife Melinda Gates started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provides support for initiatives in many areas, including education, health, and improving communities.

Find out more about the foundation here: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/

Microsoft as a company is also very good about giving back and being involved in the community. They work with organizations to provide computers and technology to students and those in need, and they provide funding for different initiatives.

Find out more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies


Via @unilever on Instagram

Unilever advocate for a number of causes with their sustainable living plan. They are fighting to improve health, reduce the environmental footprint, and make sure equal rights and women’s issues are at the forefront of the conversation.

Find out more here: https://www.unilever.ca/sustainable-living/

Ben & Jerry’s

This unique ice-cream company has been outspoken about important causes for years, which is why many customers support them (and, you know, also because they have awesome ice cream flavours). They are mostly outspoken about climate change and the environment, but they mention other topics from time to time as well.

Find out more here: https://www.benandjerrys.ca/en/values

Power up the Planet is an Edmonton based non-profit aiming to reduce e-waste in our community. Find us here: poweruptheplanet.ca

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