A taste of social entrepreneurship

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend the day at Greyston Bakery to learn about their mission of providing jobs to the community of Yonkers, N.Y. The for-profit brownie business has an open hire policy, meaning anyone can get a job there. Really, anyone —there’s a sign in sheet at the front door of the facility, and you can walk right in and put down your name and contact information. When the company has jobs to fill, it calls whoever is first on the list, and works its way down. It doesn’t look at previous employment experience, incarceration records, or do any sort of background check. The day I visited, there were more than a dozen names on the list.

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