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Goodmans among top purpose-driven companies

Goodmans Interior Structures recently earned the GameChangers 500 designation for the positive impact of its products and services, and how it treats people and the planet in the process of running its business.

GameChangers 500 is a list profiling the top-purpose driven companies in the world. In contrast with the Fortune 500 list emphasizing profit, GameChangers 500 focuses on companies that maximize benefits to people and the planet.

Goodmans joins Google, Whole Foods, SolarCity, Zappos, Apple and Herman Miller, among other leading responsible brands, in achieving the merit-based GameChangers 500 designation.

Goodmans believes that creating a strong sense of purpose is the best way to lead a business and also the best way to recruit and keep talent in a competitive business climate.

“As a 60-year-old family business, we know the key to attracting and retaining the best talent is to provide employees with a sense of purpose beyond just selling widgets,” said Adam Goodman, CEO of Goodmans Interior Structures. “Our employees know that by working at Goodmans, they are making a difference in the community and with the planet. That mission is a powerful magnet for highly talented people who crave a more meaningful purpose in their lives.”

GameChangers 500 selected Goodmans after a four-month review process. To qualify, candidates must be endorsed by a GameChangers advisor or member and pass the GameChangers DNA test that evaluates:

  • Why a company is in business: purpose-first rather than profit-first
  • What the company officers: products or services that create a better world
  • How the company runs the business: positively impacts people and the planet

“In evaluating Goodmans, it didn’t take long to recognize their genuine desire to use business as a force for good,” said Andrew Hewitt, CEO of GameChangers 500. “Their unique ways of empowering their employees, exceptional efforts to minimize their environmental footprint, and their active role in supporting their community are all stand-out examples of what it means to be a For-Benefit business.”

Goodmans has already earned 7 out of GameChangers’ 9 “badges,” or categories of best practices, ranking it in the top 20 percent of companies on the list. Goodmans’ badges:

  • Replenish the Planet – Using business as a platform to spread environmental awareness and to support environmental causes
  • Eco Design – Designing products, services and manufacturing processes to be carbon-neutral, zero waste and non-toxic
  • Earth Friendly Office – Choosing eco friendly supplies and suppliers and minimizing waste, water and carbon-based energy
  • Everyone Wins – Care and concern for customers, suppliers, distributors, investors and the community
  • Empowered Employees – Autonomy, servant leadership, generous benefits, constant learning, and hiring based on strengths, shared values and a passion for the mission
  • Exceptional Work Environment – Environments that are fun, inspiring and an evolutionary leap beyond the beige cubicle
  • Meet the Mission – Clearly defining a mission, using a theory of change to help determine direction, and developing metrics to measure progress

In a separate 2011 award from a different organization called B Lab, Goodmans’ ethical conduct, combined with sustainability initiatives and community outreach programs, earned the company a certification as the first Benefit Corporation (B Corp) in the North American office furniture industry and the third company in Arizona. Certified B Corps are required to consider the potential impact of their decisions on their stakeholders – including employees, suppliers and consumers – as well as the broader community and the environment.

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IIDA Southwest Member Profile: Stephanie Fanger

 

Stephanie Fanger, Workplace Strategist, Goodmans Interior Structures

President Elect: IIDA Southwest Chapter

Years in interior design: 4

Years in IIDA Southwest: 8 (4 as student; 4 as professional member)

Q: Why did you get involved with IIDA?

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Stephanie Fanger

A: I got involved with IIDA during my freshman year of college at Arizona State University because I wanted to understand my major more, and meet interior design students who were upperclassmen. I have stayed an IIDA member because I enjoy the people in the organization.

 

Q: How important to the success of your business is your involvement with IIDA?

A: My company supports involvement with IIDA, as Goodmans Interior Structures is a very community-focused business. Being an IIDA member allows me to meet other Workplace Strategists in Phoenix, creating opportunities to share lessons learned and real life experiences.

 

Q: What activities do you enjoy most as an IIDA member?

A: I, like most our membership, thoroughly enjoy Couture. It is fun to see the teams create costumes which get more and more outrageous every year. One of my favorite previous events was Petutopia, which focused on creating animal shelters/ habitats which were auctioned off. The money went to a pet charity and animals were able to be adopted directly from our event.

 

Q: Was there an “aha moment” when you realized being in IIDA was invaluable?

A: I realized how invaluable being an IIDA member was last summer when I went with Casey (Potash) to our CLC (Chapter Leadership Council) conference in Chicago. At the two-day conference, I learned best practices from chapter representatives from all over the world. This influx of information allowed Casey and I to promote change within our own chapter.

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Goodmans Interior Structures earns Ethics Award

The Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern and Western Arizona has selected Goodmans Interior Structures as a winner of its 2013 BBB Business Ethics Award for its commitment to ethics and trust.

The BBB announced the award during a ceremony on May 2 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.

BBB selected Goodmans because it is dedicated to creating great lifetime furniture experiences for its clients. Goodmans’ organizational culture reflects a mission of serving customers with products and services that create a more productive, efficient, healthy and aesthetic environment. After six decades in business, Goodmans’ has a reputation for being family owned and committed to their community.

“Being named a BBB Business Ethics Awards winner is an honor that not only means a great deal to the company, but to the community it serves,” said Felicia Thompson, BBB VP of Communications. “Goodmans Interior Structures is being recognized for their commitment to ethical practices in leadership, community and communication.”

Goodmans’ number one corporate value is, “There is nothing more important than the welfare of our people.”

“Every Goodmans Interior Structures staff member, from the newest employee to me, takes ethics seriously,” said Adam Goodman, CEO of Goodmans Interior Structures. “Serving our clients’ needs responsibly and maintaining solid business practices is top of mind for our family-operated, Arizona-based business. We are incredibly proud and honored by this award.”

Goodmans won for the category of 51 to 150 employees. Other winners: Classy Sister Wigs (category of 1 – 10 employees), Guido’s Auto Service Centers Inc. (category of 11- 20 employees), Plumbing Masters LLC (category of 21 – 50 employees), Cypress Homecare Solutions LLC (category of more than 151 employees). Click here to read about the winners on BBB’s website.

In a separate 2011 award from a different organization called B Lab, Goodmans’ ethical conduct, combined with sustainability initiatives and community outreach programs, has earned the company a certification as the first (and still the only) Benefit Corporation in the North American office furniture industry, and the largest Benefit Corporation in Arizona. Certified Benefit Corporations are required to consider the potential impact of their decisions on their stakeholders – including employees, suppliers and consumers – as well as the broader community and the environment.

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Goodmans Interior Structures Selects UMOM New Day Centers to Receive $20,000 Office Makeover

 

 

Goodmans Interior Structures announces UMOM New Day Centers, a nonprofit that provides homeless families with shelter, housing and support services, as the 2013 winner of the Goodmans’ Eye for the Good GuyS Board Governance Award.

The Good GuyS award recognizes the most effective nonprofit (501c3) boards of directors, one in Maricopa and one in Pima counties.

Goodmans selected UMOM, the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona, because its board of directors has been effective in strategically planning for the organization’s sustainability.

UMOM has purchased adjacent property for future growth, created a succession plan for the CEO and executive team to ensure continuity, and participated in a comprehensive organizational assessment that is leading to improvements in infrastructure and business processes.

In addition, UMOM has opened and staffed the remaining 22 family shelter units on its Van Buren campus, and now provides emergency, transitional and domestic violence shelter to 175 families. UMOM also provides housing to 320 families and rental assistance to dozens more.

“UMOM New Day Centers is thrilled to have been selected and look forward to our continued partnership with Goodmans Interior Structures. UMOM Board of Directors and staff have worked tirelessly over the past several years to strategically retool our programs and services to not just manage family homelessness but to end family homelessness through creating effective interventions and partnerships in the community,” said Darlene Newsom, CEO of UMOM New Day Centers.

Goodmans will create a collaborative work environment for UMOM that helps the nonprofit collaborate, brainstorm and solve problems. Design work will begin immediately.

“UMOM’s board of directors provides significant leadership to ensure, for years to come, that the organization will continue to fulfill its mission of helping homeless families reach their greatest potential,” said Adam Goodman, CEO of the family-owned Goodmans Interior Structures.

More than 11,320 people voted online for their favorite “Good GuyS” during the contest’s public voting period, March 11-22.

Goodmans selected the winners based on a tallied score from a questionnaire, the judges’ review of the answers and public voting.

The Edge School, a school for at-risk youth, is the Pima County “Good GuyS” winner.

 

 

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Goodmans Interior Structures Announces Finalists for $20,000 Office Makeover

 

 

Goodmans Interior Structures has announced the finalists for its Goodmans’ Eye for the Good GuyS Board Governance Award.

The award recognizes the most effective nonprofit (501c3) boards of directors, one in Maricopa and one in Pima counties. Goodmans, an Arizona-operated furniture dealer, will donate a $20,000 new collaborative work environment to the winning organizations.

“We are grateful for the enormous impact these boards of directors make in the community and for their commitment to effective leadership,” said Adam Goodman, CEO of the family-owned Goodmans Interior Structures.

Finalists in Maricopa County:

>> Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona

>> Duet: Partners In Health & Aging

>> Esperanca

>> Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

>> Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

>> Phoenix Collegiate Academy

>> Phoenix Herpetological Society

>> Ryan House

>> Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

>> UMOM New Day Centers

The public will vote for its favorite “Good GuyS” from March 11-22 at goodmansgoodguy.com/.

Each voter may pick only one favorite nonprofit organization.

The winners will be determined based on a tallied score from a questionnaire, the judges’ review of the answers and public voting. Goodmans will announce the winners in April with the unveiling of the new spaces in May or June.