"A rising tide lifts all boats."
- Henry B. F. McFarland

Prestige. Honor. Dignity.

The employer-employee relationship should not be looked at simply in economic terms. It is a significant human relationship of mutual dependency that has great impact on the people involved. A person’s job, like a person’s business, are highly valued possessions that pervasively affect the lives of the employees and their families. With stakeholders everywhere, the relationship is laden with moral responsibilities. Though the pressures of self-interest are very powerful and compelling, both workers and bosses should guide their choices by basic ethical principles including honest, candor, respect and caring.

This prestigious seal is reserved for companies that are committed to a fair, reasonable, and equitable work environments and employment practices. The purpose is to increase awareness of employment conditions surrounding how consumers acquire their products and services, and honor companies that prioritize the health, and safety of their employees over profits.

Yes.. It's a real Certification.. and Yes.. It's FREE, and always will be! All that is required is a commitment to excellence!

An Ethical Employer is:

A Certified Ethical Employer is an employer who, of their own choice, holds themselves to, and is committed to an EXTREMELY high bar regarding their hiring and employment practices.

Living Wages

Minimum wage at this employer is set to an hourly rate in which IF this employee were to work full-time(32 hrs), they would be able to make at least 4 times the average price of a 2 bedroom apartment in the city of the employer.
(Example: If the average rent of a 2 bedroom apartment in your city is $950, the lowest hourly rate would need to be at least $26.00 an hour for entry level positions)

Healthy Work Life Balance

This employer establishes full-time employment as 32 hours a week, and part time as 16 hours per week. For full time employees, the employer agrees to provide at least 1 week paid vacation per year, as well as 3 P.D.O per year, and maternity leave.

Honorable Benefits

Employer seeks to provide an Full retirement benefits with at least a 3% retirement match, health, dental, vision, disability, death, and supplemental insurances to employees who work full-time(32 hours per week) at least 90 days.

Profit Sharing

This employer agrees to only use sub-contractors when absolutely necessary, and never if the subcontractor routinely works more than 10 hours per week, and agrees to ensure that any executives, or company officers shall not earn more than 30% more than the average income earned by employees in the company AND no more than 30% more than the average income earned for compensation for actual work contributed (total 60%).

Benefits of being an Ethical Employer:

Being an Ethical Employer leads to increased worker morale, worker health, and improved quality of service. It also lowers turnover rates, saving money for employers. Economic research shows that higher wages aid in job creation and helps small business. Companies who carry the prestigious seal as an Ethical Employer are viewed as more trustworthy, honest, and honorable, demonstrating higher value, and able to reasonably demand higher fees for their services. Studies have shown that consumers are willing to pay higher prices for similar services if they have confidence that labor that went into the products or services are sourced in an ethical manner. Consumers who equate with equitable treatment, and living wages with higher levels of trust, value, and confidence in businesses, and thus garner higher marketplace value for the same services. Carrying the Ethical Employer Seal not only makes you look like a better company in the eyes of consumers, it MAKES you a better company. It shows that you are committed to doing the right thing, even if it's difficult.

Only do Business With a Certified Ethical Employer!


Terms for Service:

The Ethical Employer Certification is provided by www.EthicalEmployerCertification.com , and all certifications are issued for free, issued by the employer to themselves upon completion of the pledge application contained on this website. The general public hold these employers accountable to the terms of this certification in the court of public opinion. Any employer who commits to the values as described herein have the permission to use the seal contained herein, and/or any graphics on this website on any digital, or printed materials, for promotional purposes, or otherwise. Employers found to violate the terms of service for use of this brand, and certification may be subject to the loss of their certification indefinitely, which includes the formal and immediate ir-revocation of any permissions of use of the seal, and/or any other graphics provided by www.EthicalEmployerCertification.com, and removal from any directories on this website.


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