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Blog · May 24, 2019

Gourmondo Named as Top Corporate Philanthropist by the Puget Sound Business Journal

Gourmondo Named as Top Corporate Philanthropists by the Puget Sound Business Journal

On May 23rd, Puget Sound Business Journal released its list of Washington's Top Corporate Philanthropists and we are pleased to announce that Gourmondo was ranked for the first time. Gourmondo was ranked 8th in the Top 25 Small Companies category, led by our founder and CEO Alissa Leinonen. PSBJ reports, “the 25 companies ranked on The List collectively gave $8.4 million in cash in Washington and $11.8 million globally in 2018."

“Corporate social responsibility is the core of our business strategy and integrated into all aspects of our company. Social responsibility starts from the leadership at the top and it is my opinion that if I want to help solve big, complicated issues such as homelessness, immigration, and support of youth who are at-risk, it’s my responsibility to provide opportunities and resources within my company for those individuals to thrive”, says Alissa.

“It begins by creating job opportunities that are accessible and inclusive to all – being thoughtful to language barriers and those who have been impacted by trauma and are looking to rebuild their lives. I believe that as a business owner I have an obligation to provide these opportunities. It’s important to ‘live your values and put your money where your mouth is’. Establishing corporate social responsibility as a core value within the company is the first step, and it should be integrated holistically into the company’s culture. Once established within the company its important to extend those values to our community, and contribute regularly and consistently, without mention or promotion. I view corporate responsibility as an important commitment I have to my team and our community. Being in a position to give back is the greatest gift I can offer.”

When asked how Gourmondo promotes meaningful employee engagement in philanthropic activities, Alissa says: “We are a family and believe it’s incredibly important to align our philanthropic activities with organizations and causes that resonate and are meaningful to our employees. Having our company in agreement and excited about how to support our community is critical.

“We employ many immigrants and to show our support for them and their families, we donate regularly to the ACLU and various other causes that fund championing the rights of immigrants. We donate a percentage of the proceeds from our most popular boxed lunch, the Roast Turkey Panini Lunch every month to the ACLU. Our teams produce these lunches every day and they know they are contributing to a cause that protects the civil liberties of all Americans on a daily basis.

“We also employ and mentor at-risk and homeless youth and extend our commitment to helping by supporting and partnering with YouthCare. We donate dinner to the young adults at YouthCare on a weekly basis, we contribute financially to the organization, and we provide job opportunities in our cafes for those at-risk youth that graduate from the YouthCare barista program. We also provide apprenticeships in our bakery as an opportunity for them to learn an additional valuable culinary skill.”

According to PSBJ, “the Puget Sound Business Journal annually recognizes 75 companies that give back to their community, and those featured this year combined to donate $169.3 million throughout Washington in 2018. For a look at the complete 2019 list, visit: http://bizj.us/1pwa8u