The year sure flew by, didn't it? This is our last issue of 2023 – I'm taking a few weeks to recharge and celebrate the holidays with friends and family, and I hope you do the same!
Before we jump into the meat of this week's issue, I just want to thank you for investing your time in social impact and making us a destination for your job search. This was our first full year of the One Work newsletter, and I wouldn't be writing it if you weren't reading it.
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Without further ado...
I curate a plethora of job opportunities each week, but some employers stick out from the pack. These are some of my favorites from this year – employers with a particularly inspiring mission, creative use of social impact, and innovative products or services. Of course, it wouldn't be a "best of" list without our readers' favorites as well!
In short, if you want to accelerate your social impact job search next year, this list is a great place to start. Let's dive in!
Anthropic – An artificial intelligence company focused on language models and government policies that advance ethical AI.
B Lab – A nonprofit that certifies and supports companies committed to using business as a force for good.
Better World Books – Sells used books online and donates a portion of proceeds to literacy initiatives around the world.
Blueland – Creates eco-friendly cleaning products that are refillable and reduce plastic waste.
Bombas – Donates socks to those in need with every pair of socks purchased.
Catchafire – Connects skilled volunteers with nonprofits to address social challenges.
ChargePoint – Promotes sustainable transportation by providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Crisis Text Line – Offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling via text message.
Coursera – Partners with institutions and organizations to offer online courses and degrees, making education more accessible.
Ello – An EdTech startup using AI to give kids more one-on-one instruction time.
Environmental Incentives – Implements conservation programs in partnership with governments, nonprofits, and universities around the world.
Good Dog – Connects families to shelters and breeders with high ethical standards.
Good Party – Builds tools to help independent candidates get traction in the two-party system.
Gotham Greens – Builds and operates urban farms, providing fresh, local produce and creating jobs in underserved communities.
Greyston Bakery – Employs individuals with barriers to employment, offering job training and opportunities for economic empowerment.
Hopworks Brewery – Produces handcrafted beers with a focus on sustainability and community involvement.
Lemonade – Offers renters and homeowners insurance with a social mission, donating a portion of profits to charities.
Living Carbon – Uses biotechnology to help fight climate change, creating seedlings that can capture more carbon.
The Marshall Project – Conducts investigative journalism about the criminal justice system, promoting transparency and accountability.
Meow Wolf – An art collective that creates large-scale, multimedia installations that combine art, technology, and storytelling.
Misfits Market – Rescues and delivers "ugly" fruits and vegetables, reducing food waste and offering affordable produce options.
Polestar – Designs and manufactures high-performance electric vehicles, accelerating the transition to sustainable transportation.
Project Canary – Tracks greenhouse gas emissions in energy infrastructure to ensure responsible energy development.
Roots Studio – Works with Indigenous communities to digitize their art and make it available for licensing to other companies.
Saalt – Offers reusable menstrual cups and period underwear, reducing waste and providing a more sustainable alternative to traditional products.
Selflessly – Provides a platform where employees can donate their time and skills to causes they care about.
SOURCE – Builds water capture devices that turn the air around us into a stable source of drinking water.
Stok – An ESG and sustainability consulting company that helps other businesses deliver on their sustainability goals, particularly in commercial real estate.
Vera Institute of Justice – Conducts research and advocacy to promote fairer and more effective criminal justice systems.
Watershed – A climate tech company that helps businesses reduce their carbon emissions by making them visible.
Thanks again for joining this small corner of the social impact community this year. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!