While we import globally, and sell nationally, when it comes to supporting non-profits we try to think locally/regionally. This involves donating thousands of dollars in product to groups working to improve education, healthcare, the arts, the environment, and more . (It’s impressive how many of these groups there are in our relatively small community!) We also support our employees’ active participation in local non-profit organizations. In fact, we offer all employees eight hours of paid work time to volunteer. Plus, we regularly achieve 100% participation (with a 100% employer match) in our local United Way.
What about green? (Customers often ask.) Well, we have always collected and re-used packing “peanuts” before they land in the landfill. We insist that all our suppliers use PET bottles because they are the easiest to recycle, don’t leach, and use less energy to produce and ship. The rest of our packaging and marketing materials is also completely recyclable, and typically printed on recycled papers The big green news of the moment is that 2015 is the year Baudelaire is going solar. The panels have been installed and the grid has been negotiated with; and we plan to have the sun generating our electricity starting in June.
These activities go both ways. Certainly, they help the organizations involved…and even the planet a little bit. But they also make Baudelaire a better, more positive, vibrant place to work.