"Changing lives for 35 years through radical inclusion."greyston.org
Greyston Bakery bakes brownies, blondies, and bars.
Greyston Bakery was founded as a purpose-driven bakery serving the needs of both its bakery team and the local community. All Greyston Bakery profits go to the Greyston Foundation, which operates several intensive self-sufficiency programs in Yonkers, New York Programs include affordable housing and support services, a technology learning center, health and social services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and a community gardens project.
Greyston Bakery is often described as a pioneer in social enterprise, and it’s easy to see why. The company was founded in 1982 by Zen Buddhist Bernie Glassman, who recognized that people in the Bronx and Southwest Yonkers needed employment, no questions asked, often facing barriers to hiring like homelessness, incarceration, and language skills. So, for 35 years, Greyston has been known for its Open Hiring policy, which gives all individuals a chance to work, regardless of background or work history, without interviews, resumes, background checks or applications. In 2018, the company launched the Center for Open Hiring at Greyston in Yonkers, which will provide consulting, research, education, and toolkits to other companies, with the hopes of exporting its open hiring model to other companies – and ultimately helping an exponential number of people across the country. Fun fact: Greyston Bakery has supplied fellow pioneering company Ben & Jerry’s with brownies for its ice cream for 25 years, and bakes 6.5 million pounds of brownies each year.