ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Pennsylvania-based c-store chain Sheetz, Virginia-based candy and snacks manufacturer Mars and New York-based credit card firm American Express are among the 50 companies recognized by People magazine in its fourth annual list of caring companies, featured in the September 14 issue of the magazine.
Sheetz is the only convenience retailer recognized as one of 2020 PEOPLE’s “50 Companies that Care,” ranking No. 11 on the list, while American Express is No. 10, and Mars is No. 37. Publix Super Markets, the 90-year-old chain with more than 1,200 stores, ranks No. 1, according to People.
The list focuses on top U.S. organizations that have succeeded in business while demonstrating respect, care and concern for their employees, their communities and the environment, especially during the current pandemic. This year, the list specifically focuses on how companies have responded to the COVID-19 crisis to care for their employees, their communities and the world.
“The health and well-being of our team members, customers and communities we call home has been our top priority since the onset of COVID-19,” Travis Sheetz, president and COO of Sheetz, said in a news release. “As an essential business, Sheetz has been committed to staying open to serve the needs of the community. We are truly grateful for the dedication and commitment of our employees, who have worked tirelessly to provide total customer focus, especially during these challenging times. They are the true heart and soul of this company.”
Throughout the pandemic, Sheetz has reacted swiftly to the rapidly changing environment surrounding COVID-19. This includes implementing new cleaning and sanitization protocols as well as new safety measures, releasing new scan and go technology in support of social distancing recommendations, rolling out curbside pickup and delivery options, offering free coffee to health-care workers to fuel them as they fought the pandemic on the front lines, donating over 600,000 meals to children and families in need and much more, the convenience retailer shared.
“Best workplaces like Sheetz are showing up for their employees and communities during this unprecedented time and they’re able to do this because of the strong investments in their cultures leading up to this point,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Having a foundation of trust has allowed these businesses to find innovative responses to COVID-19.”
To compile the list, People magazine partnered with Great Place to Work to analyze surveys of 4.8 million-plus employees on their workplace experiences and how their employers have made a difference in their lives and communities. Rankings also reflect Great Place to Work’s assessment of the generosity of each organization’s benefits and their philanthropic and community support, with emphasis on activities during the pandemic.
To see the full list of People’s 50 Companies that Care, visit greatplacetowork.com/best-workplaces/companies-that-care/2020.