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With New Hiring Models, Corporations (Including Amazon) Can Spur Positive Change

Everybody, including the formerly incarcerated and refugees, deserves a spot in corporate America. CEOs should develop hiring models that reflect that.
Miss Jackie holds a tray of Snickerdoodle Blondies at Greyston Bakery
Miss Jackie holds a tray of Snickerdoodle Blondies at Greyston BakeryGreyston Bakery

While much of the spotlight this November has been on electoral outcomes, Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s two new headquarters are also in the headlights. Like citizens, businesses also have the power to take action in a way that will positively affect society. Will one of the most lucrative companies in the world be a force for positive change in its new communities?

When Greyston Bakery opened in Yonkers, New York, in 1982, the city had the highest per capita homeless population in the country.  Our founder Bernie Glassman who died earlier this month, said, “If we don’t offer something back to the community when we create a business, we’re only taking from the community,” and from those ideals our successful Open Hiring Model was born.