Companies That Care Day
the third Thursday in March (since 2003)
Center for Companies That Care in 2003
Companies That Care Day is an "annual national event that encourages employers to highlight and expand their employee and community initiatives, and recognize the people who make their companies successful." It was created by the Center for Companies That Care, "a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of employees and communities by educating and inspiring employers to practice employer engagement and integrate the 10 Characteristics of a Socially Responsible Employer into their daily business practices." It was first held in 2003, the same year that the Center for Companies That Care was created.
Each year on the day, there is a CAREDAYS Annual National Initiative that brings individuals and employers together "to address a significant societal issue that is undermining the well-being of our communities." As part of this initiative, organizations are to increase activities that reflect the "10 Characteristics of Socially Responsible Employers," strengthen the local community, and foster a "people-supportive work environment." Companies That Care Day is marked with other events beyond the national initiative, such as by employers providing lunch for their employees, or by employers holding focus groups for their employees so they can learn more about them.
How to Observe Companies That Care Day
All types of employers—large corporations, small businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, health care organizations, government entities, and other organizations—can take part in the day. One way employers can take part is by participating in the CAREDAYS Annual National Initiative. As part of it, employers should make sure they are increasing activities that reflect the "10 Characteristics of Socially Responsible Employers," strengthen the local community, and foster a "people-supportive work environment."
Employers can also plan other activities. Some ideas include providing employees with massages, lunches, or notes of appreciation from senior staff members, or conducting focus groups for employees where they are able to share about how recognized they feel and how they want to be recognized. Employers may contact the Center for Companies That Care for fundraising ideas and sample CEO talking points, employee email announcements, and press releases related to participation in the day. If you are an employee, you could talk with a higher-up in your company about the company taking part in the day.