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WorldBlu Awards 2011


WorldBlu Awards

2011The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces 2011 is comprised of 52 organizations from a diversity of industries including aerospace, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, retail, services and energy, with a combined annual revenue of over $15 billion. These organizations include public, private, not for profit and educational institutions. They range in size from five to 80,000 employees and are located in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Malaysia, Haiti and India.

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    1-800-GOT-JUNK?

    Vancouver, Canada  1800gotjunk.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

    Our organization is a firm believer in a democratic workplace—the first thing you see when you walk into our office is a quote plastered across the wall stating, “It’s all about the people.” It’s more than just lip service—we believe that the right people are the driving force behind any success, and creating a democratic workplace attracts those types of people, and ensures that they stay. Brian Scudamore, CEO

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    3i Infotech

    Mumbai, India  3i-infotech.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    Clichéd though it may sound, the IT industry is people oriented and knowledge driven. Democratic principles like openness, transparency, team spirit and collaboration are paramount to take the organizational performance to the next level. Hence democratic principles become the backbone for our operations. Following a democratic approach in the work place is one of the most appropriate ways of our organization functioning. —V. Srinivasan, CE0

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    AIESEC International

    Rotterdam, Netherlands  aiesec.org
    Industry: Leadership  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    We have the principle and behaviours of driving global growth through local expertise. As better the members/associates are on the ground, as better the organisation manages its operations. That system allows people to say their perspective, vote and respect the outcome. That allows us to have accelerated growth and faster reaction to trends and situations. —Hugo Pereira, President

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    American Support

    Chapel Hill, NC  americansupport.com
    Industry: Fixed Line Communications  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    American Support is a 100 percent virtual, customer service workplace with team members spread across the United States. Through organizational democracy, we are inspired to engage in meaningful two-way conversations on a wide range of topics. With democratic principles as our compass, we set our sights on accountability, connectivity and alignment—with our employees, with our clients and with our clients’ customers. —Matt Zemon, CEO

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    Axiom News

    Ontario, Canada  AxiomNews.ca
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    We believe democracy in the workplace builds high-participation, high-trust interactions into the DNA of an organization’s social ecology. For this to really fly it is necessary to believe that an organization is at the very least the sum of the strengths, aspirations, and inclinations of everyone involved. It is even more exciting to believe that an organization exceeds the sum of those parts. —Peter Pula, CEO

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    BetterWorld Telecom

    Reston, VA  betterworldtelecom.com
    Industry: Fixed Line Communications  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Democratic workplaces attract better employees, provide better service and are more sustainable than traditional organizations. As a company committed externally to people, planet and profit, it is the only internal focus that supports our vision—anything else would be hypocritical. —Matthew Bauer, President

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    Beyond Borders

    Washington DC  beyondborders.net
    Industry: Justice in Haiti  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Simply put, democracy just works better. Empowering everyone on our staff to compete in the arena of ideas brings out the best in our organization by encouraging innovation, creativity and accountability. The practice of democracy in the workplace is a reflection of our founding organizational values and it affords our organization a measure of authentic and integrity as we promote democracy in Haiti through the empowerment of ordinary citizens to hold their government and each other accountable. —David Diggs, CEO

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    Brainpark

    Alamo, CA  brainpark.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Because I believe that when people are free they bring their best. When people bring their best then a company can be its best. When a company is best everyone wins. —Mark Dowds, CEO

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    Bucket Brigade

    Milwaukee, WI  bucketb.com
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    Democracy fosters the best ideas, engages the team in buying into ideas by co-creating them, and makes decision-making happen where it matters most. We believe that democracy is the best way to create a flexible and enriching work environment that inspires people to work towards a vision they all agree with. —James Carlson, CEO

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    BUMP Network

    La Jolla, CA  bump.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    We live in a world that is moving increasingly in the direction of transparency and accountability. Everyone ultimately discovers everything—so the first step for a democratic organization is an open book communication policy. The second step is to provide a democratic environment that fosters creativity and ingenuity. People want to create and participate in projects they feel involved in and can take ownership of. A democratic workplace fosters involvement and inspires and motivates. —Mitch Thrower, CEO

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    Chaordix

    Alberta, Canada  chaordix.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    The core of our business, crowdsourcing, is a democratic process in itself where organizations engage diverse and passionate crowds via the web. Crowd members submit, discuss and often refine and rank submissions to discover the most-likely-to-succeed solutions. WorldBLU’s 10 principles of Organizational Democracy reflect the very core of how we operate internally and how we service our clients. —Shelley Kuipers

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    Chroma Technology Corp

    Bellows Falls, VT  chroma.com
    Industry: Biotechnology  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Workplace democracy is the logical extension of employee-ownership. Chroma Technology Corp. has been employee-owned since we started in 1991. Employee-ownership has two functions; in spreads the wealth that ownership creates and it encourages employees to take individual responsibility and actively participate in decision making. This allows us to function with minimalist management. As we practice workplace democracy, minimalist management is one of our goals. —Paul Millman, CEO

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    DaVita

    Denver, CO  davita.com
    Industry: Healthcare  Type: Public
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    DaVita is honored to once again be recognized as the only healthcare and FORTUNE 500 company on WorldBlu’s List of Most Democratic Workplaces. At DaVita, we are proud to be a community first and a company second. We feel this award is a direct reflection of our commitment to engaging teammates in a two-way dialogue about our company’s objectives and their role in helping to shape the future of kidney care for all dialysis patients. —Kent Thiry, CEO

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    Dialog

    Austin, TX  DialogGrp.com
    Industry: Marketing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    Somehow business lost their way and forgot that customers are not their most valuable asset; their employees are. For great employees create great companies and that in term draws loyal customers. Dialog chooses to practice democracy in the workplace because it is the only model that truly capitalizes on our richest investment—our employees. It allows each person to fully contribute to the business and to take ownership for its success. I know of no other model that fully values people for both what they know and who they are. And turns that into one of the most powerful assets for the company. —Bob Gutermuth, CEO

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    DreamHost

    Brea, CA  dreamhost.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    At DreamHost, we understand that the future of business is less about pomp and more about participation—less about titles and more about meaning! Working in a democratic environment makes employees feel more connected to the work that they do because they feel like they can take ownership of their individual tasks.They know if they have a better way to do something, they can do it instead of mindlessly doing something the way someone thinks it should be done. The result is empowered employees that are prepared to tackle all sorts of challenges. —Brett Dunst, CEO

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    Explore Communications

    Denver, CO  explorehq.com
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

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    Future Considerations

    London, UK  futureconsiderations.com
    Industry: Consulting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    We know that our collective intelligence is required to be able to adapt and make the best decisions possible in the context in which we operate our global business today. We believe that each person holds a perspective that is valuable and we are smart (and always learning!) about how and when to consult widely and when to use delegated authority to make decisions. We all fundamentally trust our ability to come to the right decision when we come with the intention of company first. —Mark Young, Managing Director

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    Glassdoor

    Sausalito, CA  glassdoor.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Glassdoor.com’s mission is to bring greater transparency to the workplace so individuals can make more informed decisions about one of the most important areas of our lives—our careers. We are guided by the principle that everyone should have free and equal access to career and the workplace information whether its salary data, reports on what others like and don’t like about their job, or insights into the interview process. This mission and guiding principle is something that we can all benefit from—whether you are an employee of Glassdoor or any other company. —Robert Hohman, CEO

  • Wb Great Harvest

    Great Harvest Bread Company

    Dillon, MT  greatharvest.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    At Great Harvest we believe an organization is only as good as the sum of its parts. Great Harvest is made up of smart, capable individuals whose ideas are crucial to our long-term success. Listening and aggregating ideas is non-linear and time consuming, but well worth it. Nothing we do is “mechanical,” right down to daily milling whole grains and handcrafting bread. It requires more time and attention, but the end product is amazing. We’re into our third decade in business and truly believe the democratic principles we follow have kept Great Harvest relevant and agile. —Mike Ferretti, CEO

  • Wb Greenleaf

    Greenleaf Book Group

    Austin, TX  greenleafbookgroup.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    Practicing organizational democracy empowers employees in these areas and helps them to be more productive, take a greater sense of pride and ownership in the daily operations of the business, and deliver top service to customers. We believe that client satisfaction is highest when we put our employees first and empower them to be change agents. —Clint Greenleaf, CEO

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    Groupon

    Chicago, IL  groupon.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    At Groupon, we operate using the same democratic values that our Founding Fathers did when they gave the right to vote to every man, woman, and child. —Andrew Mason, Founder + CEO

  • Wb Guayaki

    Guayaki Yerba Mate

    Sebastopol, CA  guayaki.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

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    Haiti Partners

    Port au Prince, Haiti  haitipartners.org
    Industry: Education and Community  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    We practice democracy in the workplace because we’d be hypocrites if we didn’t. Our mission is to help Haitians change Haiti through education for students, teachers and leaders. We focus our educational efforts on changing this top-down dictatorial approach to one that empowers children and adults to discover their potential and to collaborate effectively. We strive to model the same democratic practices that we promote with students, teachers and leaders. —John Engle, Co-Founder

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    HCL Technologies

    Noida, India  hcltech.com
    Industry: Computer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    HCL recognizes that its greatest asset is its employees—the 79,000 “HCLites” deliver value and directly interface with HCL’s customers every day. The job of the CEO is to enable, enthuse and encourage employees and to transfer the onus of change at HCL from executive management to the employees. Creating a democratic workplace within HCL has enabled the company to achieve this goal. —Vineet Nayar, CEO

  • Wb Hulu

    Hulu

    Los Angeles, CA  hulu.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    At Hulu, we believe our professional calling is to deliver quality. And not simply run-of-the-mill, five-star quality — nothing less than brain-spray awesome will do, down to the finest detail. We are in the business of building and innovating, so our internal focus is to deliver an environment that ideally serves this business of building and innovating. We see it as all of our jobs to make it as easy as possible for builders to build and for innovators to innovate. In this, we serve each other. —Jason Kilar, CEO

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    I Love Rewards

    Toronto, Canada  iloverewards.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    People are the most valuable resource any company has, and treating them as such is fundamental to business success. Democracy in the workplace is about recognizing employees for their contributions, providing the right tools and trusting that they will deliver, and developing mutual relationships that benefit the individual and the organization. I Love Rewards practices transparent, two-way communication that empowers employees to play a larger role within the organization and have a voice in shaping our future, which continues to generate innovation, excellence, and growth. —Razor Suleman, CEO

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    Innovation Partners International

    Washington DC  InnovationPartners.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Organizational democracy is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It’s a purposeful way of designing organizations to amplify the possibilities of human potential—and the organization as a whole. At the core of organizational democracy is allowing people to self-govern and to determine their destiny. Just as democracy inspires citizens to engage and build great nations, so does it inspire individuals and teams to engage and build flourishing workplaces. IPI firmly believes this and is a leader in living it. —Ada Jo Mann, CEO

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    Integritive

    Asheville, NC  integritive.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    For me, it wasn’t really a choice or decision to practice democracy in the workplace; I didn’t see that there was any other way to do it. I started the company to create a job for myself where I would be happy, and hoped that one day I could grow the business to create more jobs where more people would be happy as well. It wasn’t until recently that I realized we were unique in that way. We like to say, “How we do anything is how we do everything” and we truly mean it. We’re all in this together, and we are a team; not just a boss with employees. —John Miles, CEO

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    LEARN

    Laval, Canada  learnquebec.ca
    Industry: Education  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    Being a democratic organization for LEARN is critical since it operates in the educational milieu where bureaucratic hierarchies still dominate and where a different and more efficient organizational model would be most needed and valued. —Michael Canuel, CEO

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    Menlo Innovations

    Ann Arbor, MI  menloinnovations.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    A central theme at Menlo Innovations is the business value of joy. A joyful team is more engaged, more productive, more creative and produces higher quality. These things happen because the team wants them to happen, not because the team is told they need to happen. The traditional corporate hierarchy seldom fosters the kind of imagination and invention expected by our customers. Transparent, trusted, peer-to-peer relationships unlock the human potential needed to make this happen. This has enabled us to be a company that sees what everyone else has seen, but thinks what no one else has thought. —Richard Sheridan, CEO

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    Messiah Village

    Mechanicsburg, PA  messiahvillage.org
    Industry: Care  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    We are about creating a community that allows people to experience aging in ways that are purposeful. The workplace culture must reinforce and support the experience we wish older adults to experience in our community. Our wish to practice democracy in the workplace also grows out of the religious heritage of the organization and is a prime way that we believe we can accomplish our mission and vision. —Emerson Lesher, President

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    Mind Valley

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  mindvalley.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    J-O-B is a dirty word. Work—we believe—needs to be fun, educational and something that makes you so excited that you jump out of bed each morning. We believe “Happiness” is the new “Productivity”. The practice of workplace democracy helps create this happiness. —Vishen Lakhiani, CEO

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    Mojo Interactive

    Orlando, FL  mojointeractive.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    A democratic organization drives a more intrinsic motivated workforce, which increases efficiency, drives productivity, and makes for a happier, balanced team. Both in values and key business metrics, practicing collaborative democracy in the workplace gives us our mojo.—Glen Lubbert, Chief Imaginaut + CEO

  • Wb Namaste Solar

    Namaste Solar

    Boulder, CO  namastesolar.com
    Industry: Solar Energy  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    Namasté Solar implements conscientious and democratic business practices because we recognize the interconnectedness of all stakeholders and all individuals—and have experienced firsthand how this fundamental integrity can translate into financial viability, consumer loyalty, and community recognition and support. —Blake Jones, CEO

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    Nearsoft

    San Jose, CA  nearsoft.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    At Nearsoft, we chose to practice workplace democracy for several reasons. From the start, we wanted to create an environment where people were treated as adults. We are a professional software product development organization and need to attract and retain the best talent. It is very difficult to do that in a traditional command-and-control structure. Besides, the people who work for Nearsoft are really, really smart, so why not leverage this readily-available brain trust? —Matt Perez, CEO

  • Wb New Belgium

    New Belgium Brewing Company

    Fort Collins, CO  newbelgium.com
    Industry: Brewers  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2010, 2011

    As an employee-owned company, New Belgium Brewing practices open book management and encourages ownership thinking. Long ago we opened the books to our co-workers and encouraged them to engage in the process. We conduct ongoing trainings as to how to read the financials in an effort to teach people the business of running the business. When people feel knowledgeable about the process and that their views are respected and heard, then you have created a community where good ideas and talent can flourish without restraint. That’s democracy in the workplace to us. —Kim Jordan, CEO

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    NixonMcInnes

    Brighton, UK  nixonmcinnes.com
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Democracy to us is plain common sense. For our business to succeed we need extremely talented, motivated and engaged employees and the best way to achieve this is to set them free and give them as much control as possible. Once you create this kind of environment it becomes a big draw for talent, and a reason for great people to stay, when the alternative is to work in a closed hierarchy. Democracy also helps us to make better decisions since everyone has access to information and can provide their input. —Will McInnes, Co-Founder and CEO

  • Wb Orpheus

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    New York, NY  orpheusnyc.org
    Industry: Arts  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    As a musician-led orchestra of thirty-five members that performs without a conductor, Orpheus is about empowering individuals. Functioning without a visible figurehead, Orpheus continually works to foster the communication and infrastructure necessary for individuals to be both effective leaders and effective team players, rotating seamlessly between those roles through a carefully integrated system of delegation. Although this system calls for greater personal accountability, greater engagement, and greater trust among the individuals in the organization, when the lights go down in the concert hall,each musician on stagetruly owns theartistic product, having made a meaningful, significant contribution throughout the preparation process. —Ayden Adler, CEO

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    Podio

    Copenhagen, Denmark  podio.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    Democracy in the workplace is a natural by-product of our philosophy behind Podio. We believe that individuals—irrespective of title or status—should control their work-tools rather than be controlled by them, because they are the ones doing the work and therefore the ones who know best how the work can be done more effectively. We designed Podio as a tool that promotes this philosophy, and by doing that we also promote democracy in the workplace which goes hand in hand with our wish to empower individuals to work their own way. —Jon Froda, Founder

  • Wb Pai

    Productivity Associates

    San Diego, CA  gotopai.com
    Industry: Computer Associates  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    PAI believes that the strength of our organization lies within our people. PAI is about high-involvement. That means that we want every PAI employee to think, act and feel like an owner of the organization. The only way to accomplish this is by trusting and empowering every employee and involving them in decisions that impact the company and their lives. —Ken McLoughlin, CEO

  • Wb Rabbit

    Rabbit

    London, UK  therabbitagency.com
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    Fairness is at the root of the Rabbit way of doing business from the democratic way in which we employ people, to the way in which we interact with clients. Although Rabbit is a year old, it has been essential to us from day one that we treat people in the way we wish to be treated: in a fair and friendly way. We like to think Rabbit is different to other agencies, because we believe that an open, transparent environment plays to the best attributes of human nature. —Dirk Singer, CEO

  • Wb Rypple

    Rypple

    Toronto, Canada  rypple.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Wb Statsit

    Statsit

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  statsit.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Wb Sweetriot

    sweetriot

    New York, NY  sweetriot.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Companies are just people at the end of the day. In fact, at sweetriot we call them thumbprints. Each thumbprint is unique and has its own unique strengths to bring to the organization. Thus, if you under empower and under inform your thumbprints, you under optimize your company. A democratic model brings everyone into the fold and keeps the focus on moving your organization forward, together. —Sarah Endline, CEO

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    TakingITGlobal

    Toronto, Canada  takingitglobal.org
    Industry: Internet  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    As a youth-led organization driven by the collaborative power of internet technologies, we strongly believe in democracy. Our online community is a vibrant network of socially engaged youth leaders who embody the WorldBlu principles in their daily lives and through their actions to address global issues. It is thus imperative that TakingITGlobal practices democracy as a fundamental guiding principle. Democracy is a vital precondition for us to achieve our vision, where youth everywhere are actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world. —Jennifer Corriero, CEO

  • Wb Linkschool

    The Link School

    Buena Vista, Co  thelinkschool.org
    Industry: Education  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    Students are much more invested in their own education when they know that, rather than school being done to them, they have a genuine voice in shaping their own experience. Students then take responsibility for their academic program and community and ensure that it is helping them be prepared for life. —Bobby Lewis, Director

  • Wb Tracer

    Total Debt Freedom

    Markham, Canada  totaldebtfreedom.ca
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    TotalDebtFreedom.ca practices democracy in our workplace to promote a strong office culture. When employees are engaged and involved in business decisions they are taking ownership for the companies direction and successes. —Richard Cooper, CEO

  • Wb Tracer

    Tracer

    Milwaukee, WI  tracercorp.com
    Industry: Aerospace  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    We felt it was important to engage the collective knowledge/expertise base within the organization. By focusing on competence and not hierarchy we have found great flexibility and renewed energy in dealing with complex business challenges. —Bill Morales, CEO

  • Wb Valtech

    Valtech

    Copenhagen, Denmark  valtech.dk
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    At Valtech we believe in combining trust with knowledge and training and to let all members of our organisation challenge and develop themselves in roles and responsibilities of their choice. Choice & Trust is a powerful combination to unleash energy and initiative and prone to spark innovation critical to a digital agency’s competitive edge. —Carsten Jensen, Managing Director

  • Wb Wd40

    WD-40 Company

    San Diego, CA  wd40.com
    Industry: Non-durable Household Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    It’s all about the people—respecting that people make the difference is a core value at WD-40 Company & we place a great deal of value in creating an environment that helps people be there best. In our last employee opinion survey the #1 response from our tribe globally, with 98.7% positive was—at WD-40 Company I am treated with respect and dignity. Our dream is the create positive lasting memories, solving problems, in the factories and homes of the world. —Garry Ridge, CEO

  • Wb Projekt

    The Happy at Work Project

    Frederiksberg, Denmark  positivesharing.com
    Industry: Consulting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011

    Democratic workplaces are happier, and happy workplaces are more efficient, productive, innovative and successful. In short, happy companies make more money. —Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer

  • Wb Zappos

    Zappos.com

    Las Vegas, NV  zappos.com
    Industry: Retail  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

    We firmly believe that happy employees make for a better business. We believe democracy is important to keeping our employees happy, engaged, and passionate about what they do everyday. We are a service company that just happens to sell shoes, clothing, handbags, etc. In order to be about the best customer service you have to start by providing that to your employees. Democracy is one way we go about making our environment a great place to work. —Tony Hsieh, CEO

WorldBlu Awards 2009


WorldBlu Awards

2011The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces 2009 is comprised of 40 organizations from a diversity of industries including aerospace, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, retail and services with combined annual revenue of nearly $12 billion.

  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

    Vancouver, Canada  1800gotjunk.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • a-connect

    Zurich, Switzerland  a-connect.com
    Industry: Recruitment Consulting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • AIESEC International

    Rotterdam, Netherlands  aiesec.org
    Industry: Leadership  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Axiom News

    Ontario, Canada  AxiomNews.ca
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • BetterWorld Telecom

    Reston, VA  betterworldtelecom.com
    Industry: Fixed Line Communications  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Beyond Borders

    Washington DC  beyondborders.net
    Industry: Justice in Haiti  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Brainpark

    Alamo, CA  brainpark.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009-2011

  • BzzAgent

    Boston, MA  bzzagent.com
    Industry: Social Marketing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009

  • Chroma Technology Corp

    Bellows Falls, VT  chroma.com
    Industry: Biotechnology  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • CommunityLend

    Toronto, Canada  communitylend.com
    Industry: Lending  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • Continuum

    West Newton, MA  dcontinuum.com
    Industry: Technology Development  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009

  • DaVita

    Denver, CO  davita.com
    Industry: Healthcare  Type: Public
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • DreamHost

    Brea, CA  dreamhost.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Equal Exchange

    West Bridgewater, MA  equalexchange.coop
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Co-operative
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Explore Communications

    Denver, CO  explorehq.com
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Generation Think Tank

    Boulder, CO  gttma.com
    Industry: nothingnothing  Type: nothingnothing
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • Glassdoor

    Sausalito, CA  glassdoor.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Great Harvest Bread Company

    Dillon, MT  greatharvest.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Guayaki Yerba Mate

    Sebastopol, CA  guayaki.com/
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Haiti Partners

    Port au Prince, Haiti  haitipartners.org
    Industry: Education and Community  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011

  • Happy

    London, UK  happy.co.uk
    Industry: Learning  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010

  • Hypertherm

    Hanover, NH  hypertherm.com
    Industry: Manufacturing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • Innovation Partners International

    Washington DC  InnovationPartners.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • La Siembra Co-operative

    Ottawa, Canada  lasiembra.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Co-operative
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Menlo Innovations

    Ann Arbor, MI  menloinnovations.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • MindValley

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  mindvalley.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Nearsoft

    San Jose, CA  nearsoft.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • NixonMcInnes

    Brighton, UK  nixonmcinnes.com
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    New York, NY  orpheusnyc.org
    Industry: Arts  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Rypple

    Toronto, Canada  rypple.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • SBTV.com

    Saint Louis, MO  sbtv.com
    Industry: Broadcasting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • Seventh Generation

    Burlington, VT  seventhgeneration.com
    Industry: Manufacturing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • Srijan Technologies

    New Delhi, India  srijan.in
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010

  • Statsit/Getting Personal

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  statsit.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • sweetriot

    New York, NY  sweetriot.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • TakingITGlobal

    Toronto, Canada  takingitglobal.org
    Industry: Internet  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Touchstone

    Washington, DC  touchstone.com
    Industry: Strategic Consulting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • Tracer

    Milwaukee, WI  tracercorp.com
    Industry: Aerospace  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Veldhoen + Company

    Maastricht, Netherlands  veldhoen.nl
    Industry: Workplace Design  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

  • WONGDOODY

    Seattle, WA  wongdoody.com
    Industry: Marketing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009

WorldBlu Awards 2008


WorldBlu Awards

2011Twenty-five organizations comprise the The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ 2008. Businesses and non-profits from the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Malaysia made the second annual list, representing industries such as technology, telecommunications, media, manufacturing, healthcare and retail.

  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

    Vancouver, Canada  1800gotjunk.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • AIESEC International

    Rotterdam, Netherlands  aiesec.org
    Industry: Leadership  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Axiom News

    Ontario, Canada  AxiomNews.ca
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • BetterWorld Telecom

    Reston, VA  betterworldtelecom.com
    Industry: Fixed Line Communications  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Beyond Borders

    Washington DC  beyondborders.net
    Industry: Justice in Haiti  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • BzzAgent

    Boston, MA  bzzagent.com
    Industry: Social Marketing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009

  • Continuum

    West Newton, MA  dcontinuum.com
    Industry: Technology Development  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009

  • DaVita

    Denver, CO  davita.com
    Industry: Healthcare  Type: Public
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • DreamHost

    Brea, CA  dreamhost.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Equal Exchange

    West Bridgewater, MA  equalexchange.coop
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Co-operative
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Financial Business Systems, Inc (FBS)

    Fargo, ND  flexmls.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008

  • Great Harvest Bread Company

    Dillon, MT  greatharvest.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Innovation Partners International

    Washington DC  InnovationPartners.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • King Arthur Flour Company

    Norwich, VT  kingarthurflour.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008

  • La Siembra Co-operative

    Ottawa, Canada  lasiembra.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Co-operative
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Linden Lab

    San Francisco.com  lindenlab.com
    Industry: Gaming  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008

  • MindValley

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  mindvalley.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Motek

    Beverly Hills, CA  motek.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    New York, NY  orpheusnyc.org
    Industry: Arts  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Pandora

    Oakland, CA  pandora.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008

  • sweetriot

    New York, NY  sweetriot.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • TakingITGlobal

    Toronto, Canada  takingitglobal.org
    Industry: Internet  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Tracer

    Milwaukee, WI  tracercorp.com
    Industry: Aerospace  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Zimbio

    Redwood City, CA  zimbio.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008

WorldBlu List 2007


WorldBlu Awards

2011The first WorldBlu List of Most Democratic workplaces was announced in April 2007 and was comprised of 34 organisations, representing industries such as technology, telecommunications, retail, media, beauty, fashion and manufacturing as well as the not for profit sector.

  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

    Vancouver, Canada  1800gotjunk.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • AIESEC International

    Rotterdam, Netherlands  aiesec.org
    Industry: Leadership  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Axiom News

    Ontario, Canada  AxiomNews.ca
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers

    San Francisco, CA  bkconnection.com
    Industry: Publishers  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • BetterWorld Telecom

    Reston, VA  betterworldtelecom.com
    Industry: Fixed Line Communications  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Beyond Borders

    Washington DC  beyondborders.net
    Industry: Justice in Haiti  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Collective Copies

    Florence, MA  collectivecopies.com
    Industry: Publishers  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Continuum

    West Newton, MA  dcontinuum.com
    Industry: Technology Development  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009

  • Dancing Deer Baking Company

    Boston, MA  dancingdeer.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Equal Exchange

    West Bridgewater, MA  equalexchange.coop
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Co-operative
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Financial Business Systems, Inc (FBS)

    Fargo, ND  flexmls.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008

  • GE Aviation – Durham Engine Facility

    Durham, NC  geae.com
    Industry: Aviation  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Great Harvest Bread Company

    Dillon, MT  greatharvest.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Guayaki Yerba Mate

    Sebastopol, CA  guayaki.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Honest Tea

    Bethesda, Maryland  honesttea.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • i-Free

    St. Petersburg, Russia  i-free.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • KI

    Green Bay, WI  ki.com
    Industry: Manufacturing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Linden Lab

    San Francisco.com  lindenlab.com
    Industry: Gaming  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008

  • Motek

    Beverly Hills, CA  motek.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008

  • New Belgium Brewing Company

    Fort Collins, CO  newbelgium.com
    Industry: Brewers  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2010, 2011

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    New York, NY  orpheusnyc.org
    Industry: Arts  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Rite-Solutions

    Middletown, RI  rite-solutions.com
    Industry: Engineering  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Roche Salon

    Washington, DC  rochesalon.com
    Industry: Beauty Care  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Sedgebrook

    Lincolnshire, IL  eriksoncommunities.com
    Industry: Retirement Community  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • South Mountain Company

    West Tisbury, MA  southmountain.com
    Industry: Arcitecture & Construction  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • SRC Holdings

    Springfield, MO  srcholdings.com
    Industry: Holdings  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • TakingITGlobal

    Toronto, Canada  takingitglobal.org
    Industry: Internet  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Ternary Software

    Exton, PA  ternarysoftware.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • The Do LaB Event Creations

    Los Angeles, CA  thedolab.com
    Industry: Events  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • The Russell Family Foundation

    Gig Harbor, WA  trft.org
    Industry: Community Development  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Threadless

    Chicago, IL  threadless.com
    Industry: Fashion  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Union Cab of Madison Cooperative

    Madison, WI  unioncab.coop
    Industry: Transportation  Type: Co-operative
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Zaadz

    Topanger, CA  zaadz.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

  • Zingerman’s

    Ann Arbor, MI  zingermans.com
    Industry: Retail  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007

The WorldBlu List


WorldBlu Awards

2012The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ 2012 is comprised of 48 organizations from a diversity of industries including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, services and energy, with a combined annual revenue of over $17 billion. These organizations include public, private, non-profit, and educational institutions. They range in size from five to 90,000 employees and are located in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Malaysia, Haiti, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore.

Download the WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ 2012 press release here.

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    Achievers (formerly I Love Rewards)

    Toronto, Canada  achievers.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Achievers is a social recognition and rewards platform.

    Achievers practices the democratic principle of Accountability by having a huge “Master Plan Board” in the office with each person’s name by the task for which they are responsible. The Master Plan is for their fiscal year and is developed based on feedback from employees, clients and the entire senior leadership team. Each person knows what they are accountable for and how to achieve those goals is up to them.

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    AIESEC International

    Rotterdam, Netherlands  aiesec.org
    Industry: Leadership  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Located in over 110 countries with more than 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization providing a platform for youth leadership development.

    AIESEC practices the democratic principle of Decentralization by voting in an entirely new senior leadership team, including the executive director, each year. They have done this for over 60 years.

  • Wb Axiom News

    Axiom News

    Ontario, Canada  AxiomNews.ca
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Axiom News is a news network supporting a “renewed and thriving world.”

    Axiom News practices the democratic principle of Decentralization by making sure their newsroom is as non-hierarchical as possible. Journalists are free to make their own decisions regarding their role, topics, and writing techniques. All stories are peer reviewed for proofreading and the writer makes the final edits, as opposed to a traditional newsroom where this would be the editor’s role.

  • Wb Barrett Values Center

    Barrett Values Centre

    Asheville, NC valuescentre.com
    Industry: Professional Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Barrett Values Centre develops metrics and culture assessments used in over 3,000 organizations in 50 countries.

    Barrett Values Centres practices the democratic principle of Choice by encouraging every employee to take a training course they feel would be beneficial to them. Every year, employees can choose from personal growth and development as well as professional growth and development training courses. In recent years employees have attended a yoga retreat, MBA program, Photoshop training, Matrix Energetic workshop, Vipassana Retreat, Blueprint of We facilitator training, and training about a decision-making process for cost benefit analysis. Each employee is also designated $500 annually for a charitable donation of their choice.

  • Wb Beyond Borders

    Beyond Borders

    Washington DC  beyondborders.net
    Industry: Justice in Haiti  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Beyond Borders is an international nonprofit assisting Haitians working to liberate themselves from oppression and isolation.

    Beyond Boarders practices the democratic principle of Choice by inviting staff members to make significant choices that impact the direction of the organization, including which programs and efforts to continue and expand, which to discontinue, and which to alter. These choices are made in the context of a collaborative decision-making approach.

  • Wb Boost New Media

    Boost New Media

    Wellington, New Zealand boost.co.nz
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Boost New Media designs websites, web applications and CD-ROMS for a variety of clients including ACC, the Families Commission, and Telecom.

    Boost New Media practices the democratic principle of Purpose + Visionthrough their year-end “Boost’s Big Ideas”. Staff members submit ideas for discussion and explore these ideas in a group setting. The whole team then votes on which ideas they then want to implement. Once a quarter’s worth of progress is completed, they decide if the goal is still relevant or vote to determine if a new direction is needed.

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    Chaordix

    Alberta, Canada  chaordix.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Chaordix is the global standard in crowdsourced market intelligence.

    Chaordix practices the democratic principle of Dialogue + Listening by using their crowdsourcing technology internally as well as externally.

  • Wb Chroma

    Chroma Technology Corp

    Bellows Falls, VT  chroma.com
    Industry: Biotechnology  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Chroma Technology Corporation is an employee-owned company that produces the world’s finest optical filters.

    Chroma practices the democratic principle of Decentralization through employee ownership. Each employee-owner receives equal numbers of shares annually. This is not dependent on title or job description. Profit sharing is also equally distributed irrespective of title or job description. This gives all Chroma employees an equal motivation for success.

  • Wb Davita

    DaVita

    Denver, CO  davita.com
    Industry: Healthcare  Type: Public
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    DaVita is a $6 billion Fortune 400® healthcare company with over 35,000 employees.

    DaVita practices the democratic principle of Dialogue + Listening by hosting regular “Voice of the Village” calls where all the teammates in their “village” are invited to call in and to receive company updates from their core senior leadership team. Anyone participating in these calls can ask the CEO and the core team any questions about the business, policies, etc. They also have daily ‘Homeroom’ meetings that are hosted in local clinics or office environments and regular company-wide Town Hall meetings as well.

  • Wb Dreamhost

    DreamHost

    Brea, CA  dreamhost.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Dreamhost provides customizable and affordable web hosting services.

    Dreamhost practices the democratic principle of Decentralization by having no formal CEO. Instead, they have decentralized responsibility into a ten-person management board. A set of voting procedures has been developed to handle decision-making among the group and each senior manager is responsible for their area of the company and their part of the plan developed by the group.

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    Dyn

    Manchester, NH dyn.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Dyn (pronounced ‘dine’) is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) leader with over 14 million users.

    DYN practiced the democratic principle of Individual + Collective by soliciting ideas from their employees through an internal version of Pinterest before moving into their new 25,000 square foot facility. In the last year since fine tuning their democratic management, they’ve increased annual revenue from $10 million to $17 million, opened offices on the West Coast and in Europe, and more than doubled their employee count.

  • Wb Explore Communications

    Explore Communications

    Denver, CO  explorehq.com
    Industry: Media  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Explore Communications is one of the largest full-service media planning and buying shops in the Rocky Mountain region.

    Explore Communications practices the democratic principle of Fairness + Dignity by not having official titles. Clients get the entire company devoted to helping them achieve their goals, and everyone is an equal part of that effort — regardless of a title.

  • Wb Frank

    Frank

    Minneapolis, MN areyoufrank.com
    Industry: Media Agencies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Frank helps brands shine from the inside out by producing internal communications campaigns and external marketing campaigns.

    Frank practices the democratic principle of Purpose + Vision by putting human transformation at the heart of what they do. Their founding philosophy is based on “being frank,” which they describe as “being in open, honest, and regular conversation with your customers, colleagues and yourself.” This statement is a also nudge to their clients to be self-aware and to lead from that position — as an individual and a brand.

  • Wb Future Considerations

    Future Considerations

    London, UK  futureconsiderations.com
    Industry: Consulting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Future Considerations is a boutique management consultancy.

    Future Considerations practices the democratic principle of Transparency by practicing open-book management and open salary information as well.

  • Wb Glass Door

    Glassdoor

    Sausalito, CA  glassdoor.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies through over 3 million employee-generated reviews.

    Glassdoor practices the democratic principle of Individual + Collective by making sure that each person is given responsibilities which can be tracked back to the company’s overall goals. As they experience successes, each individual is celebrated for their work ethic and impact on the company’s achievements. No matter how big or small the achievement by an individual, all members of the team, not just the CEO, recognize each milestone.

  • Wb Great Harvest

    Great Harvest Franchising Inc

    Dillon, MT  greatharvest.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Great Harvest Bread Company has over 230 “freedom franchise” retail stores across the US.

    Great Harvest Bread practices the democratic principle of Decentralizationthrough “freedom franchising.” There are only two rules franchisees must follow: only use wheat which has been approved by the company and build stores only in areas approved by the head office. All other decisions and choices are decentralized to the franchisee. The head office also uses an elected board of franchise owners to help set company policy and negotiate franchise agreements.

  • Wb Greenleaf

    Greenleaf Book Group

    Austin, TX  greenleafbookgroup.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Greenleaf Book Group is a publisher and distributor dedicated to independent authors and small presses.

    Greenleaf Book Group practices the democratic principle of Transparency by having a monthly meeting where employees are given financial updates on the company’s health. Anyone can ask questions in this open forum.

  • Wb Guayaki

    Guayaki Yerba Mate

    Sebastopol, CA  guayaki.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Guayaki is the maker of yerba mate teas and bottled drinks.

    Guayaki Yerba Mate practices the democratic principle of Reflection + Evaluation by reviewing the year’s success as well as short-comings at their bi-annual meetings. They feel this process helps them focus as well as brings them closer together as a team. As a result, each year new product line innovations are launched enabling the “magic of the mate” to be shared with more people across the US.

  • Wb Haiti Partners

    Haiti Partners

    Port au Prince, Haiti  haitipartners.org
    Industry: Education and Community  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Haiti Partners is a non-profit organization building schools and training thousands of teachers, leaders and students in the principles of democracy, social enterprise and education.

    Haiti Partners practices the democratic principle of Dialogue + Listeningthrough its Circle of Change program, which helps individuals learn democratic practices for classrooms, organizations and communities. USAID has provided funds for over 1,000 teachers and grassroots leaders to participate in their three-month program.

  • Wb Hcl

    HCL Technologies

    Noida, India  hcltech.com
    Industry: Computer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    HCL Technologies is a $3 billion IT company with over 90,000 employees and operations in over 25 countries globally.

    HCL Technologies practices the democratic principle of Individual + Collective by inviting any employee at any time to create an electronic “ticket” to flag anything they think requires action in the company. It can be, “I have a problem with my bonus,” or” ‘My seat is not working,” or “My boss stinks.” The ticket is routed to a manager for resolution, but the ticket can only be “closed” by the employees themselves.

  • Wb IkamvaYouth

    IkamvaYouth

    Cape Town, South Africa  ikamvayouth.org
    Industry:   Type: Non-Profit/NGO
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    IkamvaYouth empowers disadvantaged youth to lift themselves out of poverty into a university education or employment.

    IkamvaYouth practices the democratic principle of Fairness + Dignity by creating an environment in which each individual has an equal representative voice, regardless of rank or age. It is the “level of insight” on a particular issue that is valued above the position a person may hold. To uphold this value over a wide geographical spread, branches have online meetings, where a democratically-elected representative of each grade sits on the committee and is also involved in all decision-making. Minutes of meetings are sent to all participants and are available on Facebook groups for additional input. The youngest and newest members’ votes hold as much weight and value as their branch coordinators.

  • Wb Innovation

    Innovation Partners International

    Washington DC  InnovationPartners.com
    Industry: Specialized Customer Services  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Innovation Partners International is a boutique consulting firm whose clients include Allstate, Sprint/Nextel and AE Staley.

    Innovation Partner’s International practices the democratic principle of Individual + Collective by speaking in the language of “ME and WE”, honoring individual strengths and contributions that, combined, deliver collective gain, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. One example of this is in biweekly partner calls, where they begin by inviting each individual to briefly share progress toward IPI’s collective strategic goals, as well as requests for support, recognizing that no one achievement is possible in isolation.

  • Wb Integritive

    Integritive

    Asheville, NC  integritive.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Integritive is a web design and web development company.

    Integritive practices the democratic principle of Purpose + Vision by having a weekly management team huddle and reading through their purpose, vision and values statements. Whenever someone can recite all three from memory they are applauded.

  • Wb Learn

    LEARN

    Laval, Canada  learnquebec.ca
    Industry: Education  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    LEARN is a non-profit foundation providing educational technology, learning materials and e-learning materials to the Quebec English education community.

    LEARN practices the democratic principle of Accountability though accounting mechanisms that track every dollar and every project in which they engage. Since LEARN relies heavily on the contributions of the general public, it is their moral responsibility to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity. They believe that it is not enough that they be accountable, it is essential that they appear to be as well.

  • Wb Menlo

    Menlo Innovations

    Ann Arbor, MI  menloinnovations.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Menlo Innovations is a software development company with a vision to end human suffering as it relates to technology.

    Menlo Innovations practices the democratic principle of Reflection + Evaluation by allowing employees to request their own “peer review” sessions. Their peers determine if an employee advances or not or gets a raise. They also have a large sign that reads, “Make Mistakes Faster”, reminding employees to be bold and to not have fear of making mistakes. The result is a dynamic system that allows for quick feedback, reflection, and organizational learning.

  • Wb Mindvalley

    Mind Valley

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  mindvalley.com
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    MindValley is an internet incubator that shares their management and business practices freely through an online university.

    MindValley practices the democratic principle of Choice by giving employees the opportunity to choose their own mentor from amongst the leadership team. They also have flexible work hours and no dress code.

  • Wb Mojointeractive

    Mojo Interactive

    Orlando, FL  mojointeractive.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Mojo Interactive provides user-friendly Internet technologies that connect people.

    Mojo Interactive practices the democratic principle of Integrity through every employee upholding the “Mojo Principles and Promises” agreement. They apply the pledge to their management team, employees, partners and even vendors.

  • Wb Namaste Solar

    Namaste Solar

    Boulder, CO  namastesolar.com
    Industry: Solar Energy  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Namaste Solar is an employee-owned cooperative propagating solar energy.

    Namasté Solar practices the democratic principle of Fairness + Dignitythrough fair compensation practices whereby no co-owner earns more than twice what another co-owner earns. Nameste Solar has sustained a 100 percent compound annual growth rate over the past six years.

  • Wb Nearsoft

    Nearsoft

    San Jose, CA  nearsoft.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Nearsoft is a product software development service.

    Nearsoft practices the democratic principle of Accountability through their use of a 360-degree review system to gather information and give feedback to their self-managed client teams. The decision of what to do with this information is up to the team.

  • Wb New Belgium

    New Belgium Brewing Company

    Fort Collins, CO  newbelgium.com
    Industry: Brewers  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    New Belgium Brewing brews artisan beers and is known for their popular “Fat Tire” beer.

    New Belgium Brewing practices the democratic principle of Transparency by practicing open-book management. They have ongoing training that teaches employees how to read the financials in order to teach people the business of running a business. New Belgium boasts a 97 percent retention rate.

  • Wb Nixon Mcinnes

    NixonMcInnes

    Brighton, UK  nixonmcinnes.com
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    NixonMcInnes is a social business consultancy whose clients include Virgin, The Body Shop, Cisco, and HSBC.

    NixonMcInnes practices the democratic principle of Reflection + Evaluationby having monthly ‘Church of Fail’ meetings where all employees are invited to share their failures – in a non-threatening and fun way and ultimately to resounding applause. They also have an employee-elected rewards team to scrutinize and approve all pay rises – right up to the CEO. The company is achieving double-digit revenue growth.

  • Wb Orpheus

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    New York, NY  orpheusnyc.org
    Industry: Arts  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a Grammy® award-winning conductorless orchestra.

    For over 40 years, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has practiced the democratic principle of Decentralization by having an entirely conductorless orchestra, no fixed leadership, rotation of chairs, and a different concertmaster for each piece played in performance.

  • Wb Podio

    Podio

    Copenhagen, Denmark  podio.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Podio is an online work platform trusted by thousands of teams, companies and organizations worldwide.

    Podio practices the democratic principle of Decentralization through their Podio tool, which gives individuals the power to get their work done the way they want to, without it being prescribed by other people or limited by technology tools.

  • Wb Pai

    Productivity Associates

    San Diego, CA  gotopai.com
    Industry: Computer Associates  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Productivity Associates, Inc., (PAI) provides contact center outsourcing.

    Productivity Associates practices the democratic principle of Purpose + Vision by constantly striving towards their vision, which is posted in their lobby. They do this through daily interactions on a business level, with the clients they support, and outside vendors. Not only does PAI have a vision to change the world, but they also discuss how they have changed the world each particular week. This helps make their vision meaningful and demonstrates how employees are working towards that vision over time.

  • Wb Quick Left

    Quick Left

    Boulder, CO  quickleft.com
    Industry: Software  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Quick Left is a software development consultancy, specializing in web development and design.

    Quick Left practices the democratic principle of Accountability by having everyone manage their own projects. Developers converse directly with clients through project leads, code reviews and weekly check-ins. By spreading out responsibility, there is a sense of accountability in all employees.

  • Wb Rabbit

    Rabbit

    London, UK  therabbitagency.com
    Industry: Social Technologies  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Rabbit is a independent social media agency designing creative campaigns to elicit and promote positive online responses.

    Rabbit practices the democratic principle of Transparency through the “Rabbit Charter” which outlines the ways in which they treat one another and their clients, and the ways in which they protect and promote our employees individually. The charter has a strong commitment to transparency and openness, including encouraging contributions from all team members, evoking transparency on both financial and client affairs as well as an open ethos at all company meetings – where no subject is off the agenda.

  • Wb Reserveage Organics

    Reserveage Organics

    Gainesville, FL reserveage.com
    Industry: Personal Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Reserveage Organics is a supplier of high quality wellness products made from Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grape skins.

    Reserveage Organics practices the democratic principle of Transparency by encouraging discussion and the sharing of ideas for product innovation and development. The CEO has an open-door policy and all executives’ offices are made of glass. Meetings are held in Reserveage’s all-glass conference room.

  • Wb Rypple

    Rypple

    Toronto, Canada  rypple.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Rypple is a real-time performance feedback software system used by hundreds of companies globally.

    Rypple practices the democratic principle of Reflection + Evaluation through their Rypple tool, which enables real-time performance feedback to employees.

  • Wb SAYS

    SAYS

    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia  says.com
    Industry: Internet  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    SAYS is a technology company with a growing community of over 300,000 Malaysian social media users.

    SAYS practices the democratic principle of Choice through “Level-Ups”, where job descriptions of an individual are co-written with team members. Team members can also ‘swap’ roles to ‘test it out’. This has resulted in micro-innovations within existing roles and the discovery of new individual talents.

  • Wb Statsit

    STATSIT

    Singapore  statsit.com
    Industry: Market Research  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    STATSIT is a pioneer in using naturally occurring online conversation for research.

    STATIST practices the democratic principle of Individual + Collective by placing importance on group success and each employee understanding their contribution to the whole. STATSIT has three pillars for individual development — the ability to push beyond self-perceived limitations, diligence, and being a good person.

  • Wb Sweetriot

    Sweetriot

    New York, NY  sweetriot.com
    Industry: Food Products  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Sweetriot is a social enterprise producing chocolate-covered cacao nibs and bars.

    Sweetriot practices the democratic principle of Fairness + Dignity by not having an HR department and instead having a “Thumbprint Committee” which takes care of health care, vacations, and other HR policies.

  • Wb Takingitglobal

    TakingITGlobal

    Toronto, Canada  takingitglobal.org
    Industry: Internet  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    TakingITGlobal is the world’s largest online community of youth interested in global issues and creating positive change.

    TakingITGlobal practices the democratic principle of Purpose + Visionthrough a recently completed intensive and inclusive strategic planning process, which redefined the organization’s direction and purpose. There were multiple avenues of participation and everyone was invited to continually provide feedback. The result was a renewed sense of intention and shared vision that reflected the new reality the organization faces now 10 years after its founding.

  • Wb Linkschool

    The Link School

    Buena Vista, Co  thelinkschool.org
    Industry: Education  Type: Not for Profit
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    The Link School is a private, experiential high school.

    The Link School practices the democratic principle of Transparency by operating the school based on community principles rather than rules. In terms of transparency, instead of focusing on what not to do, they focus on who to be – a trustworthy citizen. Nothing is locked – not doors, files, computers or anything. They are entirely open.

  • Wb Tickled Media

    Tickled Media

    Singapore  tickledmedia.com.sg
    Industry: Publishing  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2012

    About:
    Tickled Media is a publishing company with millions of subscribers across Asia.

    Tickled Media practices the democratic principle of Dialogue + Listening by holding a team lunch every Friday. Employees get an hour off to bond with one another, relax, and enjoy good food. The company goes on holiday destination retreats to enhance the company’s sense of unity and provide an opportunity for anyone to voice their opinions or suggest improvements. On a recent retreat to Malaysia, several employees were engaged in a casual conversation about ways to launch a new service, which resulted in the launch of one their most innovative and profitable initiatives. Since transitioning to a democratic workplace just a year ago, revenues have spiked 800 percent.

  • Wb Valtech

    Valtech

    Copenhagen, Denmark  valtech.dk
    Industry: Internet  Type: Public
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Valtech A/S is a global digital marketing agency.

    Valtech practices the democratic principle of Choice by inviting all employees to pick their own “Personal Manager” on an annual basis. All employees are also invited to volunteer to be a Personal Manager for colleagues at any level in the company with the only prerequisite being that the manager must be elected by a minimum of two colleagues. With all Personal Managers elected each year, Valtech ensures choice and reduces (if not eliminates!) absenteeism and departures caused by poor manager-employee relations

  • Wb Wd40

    WD-40 Company

    San Diego, CA  wd40company.com
    Industry: Non-durable Household Products  Type: Public
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    The WD-40 Company is the publicly-traded maker of the WD-40 lubricant, with over $330 million in annual sales.

    WD-40 practices the democratic principle of Accountability by having every employee take the “The Learning-Maniac Pledge.” The pledge states: “I am responsible for taking action, asking questions, getting answers, and making decisions. I won’t wait for someone to tell me. If I need to know, I’m responsible for asking. I have no right to be offended that I didn’t ‘get this sooner.’ If I’m doing something others should know about, I’m responsible for telling them.”

  • Wb Projekt

    Woohoo Inc. (formerly The Happy at Work Project)

    Frederiksberg, Denmark  woohooinc.com
    Industry: Consulting  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2011, 2012

    About:
    Woohoo is a boutique training company specializing in happiness in the workplace.

    Woohoo practices the democratic principle of Choice by giving all employees the opportunity to pick the projects they want to work on rather than having them assigned to them. The rule is, if you don’t want to work on something, you’re not allowed to.

  • Wb Zappos

    Zappos.com

    Las Vegas, NV  zappos.com
    Industry: Retail  Type: Private
    Years on the WorldBlu List: 2010, 2011, 2012

    About:
    Zappos.com is the #1 seller of shoes online by emphasizing customer service, with over $1 billion in annual sales.

    Zappos.com practices the democratic principle of Transparency by streaming their town hall meetings live for anyone in the world to watch, hosting free tours of their innovative workplace, and publishing an annual Culture Book in which all employees, both new and old, contribute a fresh essay. Every one of their employees also receives a daily report detailing how much Zappos.com has made, what the monthly goals are, how close the company is to reaching those goals, how much they’re spending on shipping and other indicators.

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