Third-party assessment and recognition

We’re proud of our team – 77 percent of our leadership are female department heads and directors, 80 percent of WE team members see themselves staying with WE for the foreseeable future and 98 percent of WE employees believe they are making a positive change in the world because of their work.

Every organization can always strive for further improvement, and we’re no exception. That’s why we’ve engaged our staff via third-party survey systems and sought out independent expertise to provide us with research, feedback and recommendations. Among the findings:

  • TemboStatus uses an independent third-party survey system for employees to provide candid feedback measuring engagement, employment culture and experience. The 2018 results include these key findings: 90 percent of staff say they are personally connected to our organization’s mission; 96 percent believe we are making a difference in the world and 78% of WE team members say they love their job.
  • Singh Lamarche LLP, a law firm specializing in employment law and workplace investigations, found that the specific WE policies they reviewed—promoting accessibility and protecting employees from discrimination, harassment and violence—represent the “gold standard” in employment policies.
  • Dr. David Baum noted in his 2018 case study reviewing WE’s HR strategy, policies and employee experience: “[…] I believe that WE has become one of the best and most effective organizations in its sector, with a robust HR infrastructure.”
  • Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, a leading HR management firm, reported in their 2018 review of Human Resources culture: “Employees appreciate that WE’s organizational norms and cultural attributes are collaborative, and describe a culture of generally high appreciation of employees.”

Our commitment to continuous improvement for our employee experience

WE is committed to continuously improving the employee experience to ensure our people achieve fulfillment, meaning and excellence in their career with us. Every year we listen and learn from our employees in order to improve their experience and make our culture even better.

In the past three to five years, WE has grown rapidly, increasing our number of employees by over 25 percent to meet the growth of the WE movement. As a result, the organizational structure and job requirements have changed to meet the needs of an employee demographic that has evolved from a historically younger cohort of new grads in their first job to a team of professionally skilled and tenured employees with specialized skillsets, looking for career growth. WE has worked diligently to improve the employee experience by investing in compensation, training and development, planning, systems, infrastructure, technology and communication.

The results of the 2018 Employee Engagement survey, based on anonymous responses and evaluated by a third-party firm, show that employees are seeing the impact of these improvements. For example, when compared to the results of the first Employee Engagement survey conducted in 2015, employees saw a 2.85x improvement in the area of work-life balance, 5.33x improvement in providing adequate compensation, 1.22x improvement in overall employee recognition and 1.73x improvement in the effectiveness of our internal employee communications efforts.

We know we still have a great deal of work to do and that we may never fully reach the goals we have set for ourselves. But we also know that, with our people working beside us, we are better positioned than ever to make doing good, doable.

Recognition and awards

WE is humbled and proud to be recognized as the recipient of a number of awards and honors, recognizing our world-class development model and social enterprise, and the accomplishments of our team.

Interbrand 150 Iconic Canadian Brands

Interbrand Iconic Canadian Brands 2017

WE was named as one of Interbrand’s top 150 brands that make us authentically Canadian.

Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal

Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal 2017

WE Charity is the first-ever receipient of the Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal. The Good Housekeeping Seal has served as a symbol of trust and reliability, and this new emblem was developed to give consumers that same confidence when choosing to support a charitable organization.

MoneySense

MoneySense 2017 “The Charity 100” 2017

WE Charity was awarded an A rating in MoneySense’s Charity 100 2017. This rating is based on an average of how the organization performed in four key areas: program spending efficiency, fundraising costs, governance and reserve fund size.

Canada's MOST ADMIRED Presented by Waterstone

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2016

Founded by Waterstone Human Capital, this national program annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

Canada's MOST ADMIRED Presented by Waterstone

Canada’s Most Admired CEO 2015

Founded by Waterstone Human Capital and MacKay CEO Forums, this award honors the country’s most admired CEO’s, who recognize culture isn’t just connected to performance; it drives performance.

Certified B Corporation

B Corp Certification 2015

ME to WE is a certified B Corp. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Canada's MOST ADMIRED Presented by Waterstone

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2013

Founded by Waterstone Human Capital, this national program annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

Notable – Canada’s Top 5 Charities Run by Young Professionals

Notable – Canada’s Top 5 Charities Run by Young Professionals 2013

WE was named as one of NotableLife.com’s top 5 charities run by Young Professionals for its work with young people around the globe, for being a workplace that is mostly run by young professionals and for being a charity of choice among many educators and students.

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2013

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2013

WE was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for being one of the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers. The employers on this list are Canada’s leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations.

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2012

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2012

WE was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for being one of the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers. The employers on this list are Canada’s leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations.

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2011

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2011

WE was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for being one of the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers. The employers on this list are Canada’s leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations.

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008

ME to WE was recognized as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for its financial performance, innovation, vision, personal integrity and influence, leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.

World Economic Form, 2008

World Economic Form, 2008

In 2008, WE co-founders Marc and Craig Kielburger were presented with the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Canada through EY and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum selected Marc as a Young Global Leader in 2007, and inducted Craig as a Global Leader of Tomorrow in 1998.

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2007

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2007

ME to WE was recognized by The Skoll Foundation for its socially conscious innovations that have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale.

Roosevelt Freedom Medal, 1998

Roosevelt Freedom Medal, 1998

A team member at WE was presented this award which is given each year to men and women whose achievements have demonstrated a commitment to the principles President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed as essential to democracy in his historic speech to Congress on January 6, 1941: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear.

State of the World Forum Award, 1997

State of the World Forum Award, 1997

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