What are the most ethically run companies? A quick Google search led me to a wordpress blog rating the top 20 companies. I recognized a number of the companies like Pategonia and Ben and Jerry’s to name a few. I saw one company “Toms of Maine” which led me to research Tom’s shoe company. (Funny how your brain works)
Tom’s Shoes is an organization that has recently gained popularity for its “one for one” shoe program. For every pair of shoes sold, a pair of shoes would be given to a child in need. Today, Tom’s continues its one for one shoe program and has even expanded into eyewear. Tom’s now sells fashionable sunglasses and continues to offer its one for one program. Buy one and give one to a child in need.
Hopefully I was not the only one asking, “Is anyone really ever in need of sunglasses?” Fortunately, I was just misinterpreting the program. Tom’s eyewear program means that you buy one pair of sunglasses for yourself and in turn it provides a person in need access to prescription glasses, medical treatment or eye surgery.
Two great programs from one company that bring the basic necessities to those that cannot afford to attain them. It makes me wonder two questions, the first being how is this possible? Are the prices just inflated so that the company still makes money, or is the company built just for charity? The second question is why aren’t there more companies like this?
What do you think?
I am very excited to research Tom’s more as a potential paper 2 topic.