ROCKVILLE, Md., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill, the leading nonprofit provider of employment placement, job training and education services, has been ranked #1 on the annual World Value Index, an anticipated annual report that ranks world-class organizations by measuring and ranking each brand's overall World Value, according to people's perceptions. In the rankings, Goodwill leads Amazon, Google, Kellogg's, Microsoft and other Fortune 100 and 500 brands.
The World Value Index is based on a nationally representative, comprehensive survey of 3,000 Americans on perception, awareness and behaviors in response to the purpose and mission of organizations and brands. The creative agency enso, which works to build mission-driven brands and Share MissionSM initiatives, developed the World Value Index as a tool for brands to measure the importance of creating "world value" for its audience segments. enso commissioned Quadrant Strategies, a research-driven consultancy that works with Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 companies, political leaders around the world and major nonprofits, to field surveys with various demographic representative samples of the U.S. population, ages 18 and up.
"The gratification that comes with this ranking is twofold: it attests to our work, and acknowledges that Goodwill's purpose resonates among the communities that we serve," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Goodwill is honored to be featured on this list of world-class brands and be recognized as the #1 brand based on our value and the impact we have in communities across the world."
To earn the World Value Index top ranking on the survey, Goodwill scored extremely well in the four areas of creating World Value, which refer to public perceptions of a brand's purpose or mission.
- High awareness
- Relevant and resonant
- A strong motivator in garnering active support
- An influential factor in triggering purchases
For 115 years, Goodwill has helped people find jobs, build their financial stability, and strengthen their families and communities. A social enterprise with a donated goods retail infrastructure, Goodwill receives more than 101 million donations and has more than 3,200 stores, as well as an auction site, shopgoodwill.com®, the first nonprofit Internet auction site. Goodwill creates direct services for millions of people each year, resulting in positive social and environmental outcomes for the global community.
"Today, at a time when people have more choices, and greater access to information, the strength of a brand's purpose is more important than ever," said Sebastian Buck, enso's co-founder and strategic lead. "With the World Value Index, our research centers around whether people can identify a brand's purpose and mission, and the extent to which that purpose reflects society's values. In other words, the ability of brands like Goodwill to create World Value is a testament to its relevance."
The 19 audience demographics and psychographics surveyed included the general population, elites (people who are college educated and earn more than $100,000 per year), millennials and Gen Z, Gen X, Baby Boomers, social and purpose, tech-positive, tech-skeptic, moms, dads, environmentally engaged, young and social, nonprofit engaged, Democratic, Republicans and Independents.
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization's highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes' 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.
For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl or Instagram: GoodwillIntl.
enso is a mission-driven creative company. We build mission-driven brands and Shared Mission initiatives that drive social impact at scale. Five years ago, we set out with the belief that the future of marketing is people and brands with shared values working together to drive business success with positive impact. Today, we are leading the paradigm shift from the campaign mindset, traditionally developed by marketers around a brand's singular mission, to Shared Mission initiatives, where the ultimate goal is not the success of one organization, but rather the achievement of a mission that serves all stakeholders.
Based in Los Angeles, our client partners include Google, Khan Academy, Atlantis, OfferUp, Omidyar Network, Everytable, and The Nature Conservancy. Through our network of Shared Mission collaborators, enso has built a new framework for collective action and cross-sector solutions to the urgent problems of our time. Recent missions have included rebuilding trust in neighborhoods, creating abundant internet access for everyone, establishing the basic right to literacy, generating wealth by solving the climate crisis, and transforming a mega resort by fostering a flourishing culture and ecology in which the entire country operates. For more information, please visit enso.co.
About World Value Index
The World Value Index is an annual report that explores a new way to measure brand value, ranking 150 well-known organizations according to the extent people are aware of, and willing to actively support, the organization's purpose and mission created. The World Value Index is developed by enso, a mission-driven creative company, in partnership with research consultancy Quadrant Strategies, to help brands people see as most valuable and are most motivated to support.
To read the full report, go to http://enso.co/worldvalue.
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