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Rebecca Adamson, a Cherokee and founder of First Nations Development Institute, as well as a member of Tom’s of Maine’s Board of Directors, will accept the award on Tom’s behalf. “Tom’s of Maine has been a values-based family business for over 30 years. Its unique, responsible workplace programs support women and children and reflect its longstanding respect for people and our communities,” she says. Adamson has worked for years with grassroots tribal communities and as an advocate on indigenous issues.
“We believe in cultivating the best possible relationships with our co-workers,” adds Tom Chappell, president and co-founder of Tom’s of Maine. “Kate and I raised five children while building our business, so we know how important work and family issues are. Establishing an environment that respects and values our employees and their families is the most meaningful way to show we care.” Tom’s notable programs include flexible work schedules, generous parental leave for mothers and fathers, long-term care insurance and employee wellness programs. Tom’s employees are also encouraged to spend up to 5% of paid work time volunteering in their communities.
HMHB’s mission is to improve the health and safety of mothers, babies and families through education and collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations, employers, policymakers and consumers.
Founded in Kennebunk, Maine by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1970, Tom’s of Maine is the leading creator of safe, effective Natural Care products that work – for consumers, the environment, and communities. Tom’s products – such as toothpaste, mouthwash, soap and deodorant – contain no artificial flavors, dyes or sweeteners, are biodegradable, are packaged in earth-friendly ways, and are tested for safety and efficacy without the use of animals. For more information about Tom’s of Maine, its products, or work-life programs, contact Kathleen Taggersell at 800-367-8667.
A Sampling of Tom’s of Maine Work-Life Programs
Tom's of Maine has been making safe, effective natural personal care products for 49 years. It all began when Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine in 1968 looking for a healthier, simpler life for their growing family. And when they couldn't find personal care products that were free from artificial flavors, fragrances, sweeteners, colors and preservatives, they decided to make their own. Tom's of Maine products - including toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, antiperspirant, bar soap, body wash, dental floss, and toothbrushes - are made from naturally sourced and naturally derived ingredients and never tested on animals. A Certified B Corporation, Tom’s of Maine is committed to upholding a purpose-driven business and has a long-standing commitment to supporting nature and healthy families. Tom's of Maine has supported hundreds of nonprofits by giving back 10% of its profits, and employees are encouraged to use 5% of their paid time (12 days) volunteering for causes they are passionate about. Most Tom's of Maine products are vegan, kosher, halal-certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities.
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