How Greyston Bakery is Using Brownies to Fight Poverty

Bernie Glassman, Zen master and social entrepreneur, founded Greyston Bakery in 1982 because he saw employment as the key to eliminating poverty. Bernie initiated the company’s Open Hiring policy, beginning a long tradition of providing jobs to the difficult-to-employ: people with social and economic challenges such as homelessness, former incarceration, drug use, language barriers, or lack of education. His mission has expanded over the last 30 years to include holistically serving low-income communities in Yonkers by providing affordable housing, child care services, community gardens, and workforce development. Today, Greyston, a certified B Corp, continues to flourish and is celebrated as a top business model for creating social change.

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