Greyston has been changing lives for 35 years through radical inclusion. A pioneering social enterprise, Greyston practices Open Hiring™ – providing jobs to individuals who face barriers to employment – in its world-class bakery and supports its employees and community members with a range of Community Programs. Greyston works to advance the widespread adoption of the Open Hiring model through the Center for Open Hiring™.
Greyston was founded in 1982 by a Zen Buddhist, Bernie Glassman, as a place of inclusion and opportunity. Bernie recognized that people in the community of Bronx and, later, Southwest Yonkers needed jobs and so opened his doors to provide employment, no questions asked. For 35 years, we’ve developed and embraced Open Hiring™ – employing individuals regardless of education, work history, or social barriers, such as language skills, homelessness or incarceration, and offering the supportive services the community needs to thrive.
Through the Center for Open Hiring, Greyston is facilitating the widespread adoption of Open Hiring to expand our impact beyond the city of Yonkers.
Since 1982, we have developed and refined Open Hiring, developing a remarkable team of bakers by hiring without interviews, resumes, background checks or applications. Beyond the critical first step of providing an opportunity to work, the Open Hiring Model includes community services programs to support new employees and their neighbors. With each position we fill through Open Hiring, we create the opportunity for someone to transform their own life and the lives of their family members and to contribute to a thriving community.Learn More About Open Hiring
Experience Building Inclusive Business Practices
Employed Through Open Hiring™ in 2016
Of Brownies Baked Annually
Greyston proudly bakes 35,000 pounds of brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every day, to be added into popular flavors like Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked and Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Our founder, Bernie Glassman and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Ben Cohen, met at a social innovation conference in 1987 and realized they agreed that business should be meaningful and impactful for the community.
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Opening in 2018, The Center for Open Hiring will facilitate the refinement and widespread adoption of Open Hiring.Get Involved
Greyston’s innovative structure reflects our hybrid mission as a purpose-driven commercial bakery embedded within an ecosystem of nonprofit organizations serving the needs of both our bakery team and the local community. Our designation as the first registered benefit corporation in New York State and as a leader in the B Corp community enables Greyston to embrace both traditional and innovative forms of governance and corporate form.
At Greyston, we believe business can and should be a powerful force for good. As New York’s First Certified Benefit Corporation, we are committed to creating lasting, positive social impact. We answer to, and transparently report on, a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
From the ingredients we buy to the way we hire, Greyston is demonstrating every day that it is good for business to focus beyond the bottom-line and short-term profits. Putting people, community and the environment first is good for business. We source the finest ingredients, including Fair Trade sugar and chocolate and cage-free eggs and use renewable resources to power our plant. Every day, we look to reduce our waste and to choose practices that benefit our community, like funneling profits back into programs that support our employees and their neighbors.
Diverted to Recycling in 2016
Served in the Community Yearly
In Greenhouse Gases in 2016
Greyston proudly bakes 35,000 pounds of brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every day, to be added into unbelievably popular flavors like Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked and Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Our founder, Bernie Glassman, and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Ben Cohen, met in 1987 and discovered a shared sense of common purpose around using business for good.
Greyston and Ben & Jerry’s forged a new path-proving business can be fun, successful and a force for social justice. We are now working closely to support their exploration of values-led hiring, derived from the Greyston Open Hiring Model.Learn More about Open Hiring