Greyston’s mission is to create thriving communities through the practice and promotion of Open Hiring™.

Our Philosophy

Crime, recidivism, poverty, food insecurity and homelessness are critical issues that affect our collective wellbeing and prosperity. These issues are the result of systems evolved over decades that discriminate against people. We need a systemic solution. When people have the opportunity to participate fully in our economy and contribute to our collective values, we all benefit. Along with visionary leaders around the world, we can build a new system of social and economic relationships that put people at the center of all we do. Our Open Hiring Model holds the potential to change the world—one company, one job, one person at a time.

Since 1982, we have developed and refined Open Hiring, assembling 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 that person to change their life and the lives of their family members and to contribute to a thriving community.

Our Guiding Principles

The foundation of Greyston is based on the following tenets:

Embracing Uncertainty

We embrace entering into situations not knowing all the answers and welcome innovation and accept the existence of endless possibilities.

Loving Action

Our acceptance of others where they are, followed by right action, will lead to growth and positive change in the evolution of individuals, programs, and communities.


Our openness is our authentic willingness to include and accept all others in a non-judgmental way while holding ourselves accountable. We understand that we are all connected and have responsibility for respecting and acknowledging one another.


These core beliefs guide how we do business:

We are all pathmakers

  • We will nurture the transformation and development of ourselves and others.
  • We understand that we are all connected and need to respect and support each other in creating a positive work environment and thriving community.

Commitment to excellence

  • We will not settle for less than our best effort
  • We will bring an attitude of continuous improvement to all projects
  • We will hold ourselves and others accountable

Entrepreneurial culture

  • We believe that there is no issue that we cannot attempt to solve
  • We emphasize action while pursuing answers
  • We welcome innovation

A history of inclusion.

Greyston was founded in 1982 as a place of opportunity for everyone. Our founders created a social enterprise based on the Buddhist tenets of non-judgement and loving action.

A job can change everything.

A pioneering social enterprise, Greyston practices Open Hiring in our world-class commercial bakery. Through The Center for Open Hiring at Greyston, you can learn more about our model and how it can change your workplace, community, and the world.

  • 35 years building inclusive business practices.
  • 176 individuals employed through Open Hiring.
  • 6.5M pounds of brownies baked annually.

Our bakers are on a mission.

Our bakers operate a world-class food processing facility that produces 35,000 pounds of brownies every day. They all joined our team through Open Hiring.

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