Our employees are at the heart of King Arthur Flour: they’re the folks responsible for making sure our products are top-notch, our educational programs are inspiring, and our customer service is stellar. And as owners of the company, there’s no one who cares more about ensuring the success of our company than the employees.
We know it’s important to hire the best people, create a respectful and empowering corporate culture, and make it possible for our employees to thrive - both in and outside the workplace. Our commitment to our employees has helped make us an award-winning employer and a successful business for more than 200 years, and it will remain a critical part of our philosophy for the next 200.
King Arthur Flour has been employee-owned since 1996. Through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, the people who come to work here each day own a very real stake in the company and stand to benefit, or lose, based upon the company’s success or failure. It’s a real incentive to do our best work every day – to ensure that our products and service are always the best, and our customers are happy.
As employee-owners, we work within a culture of ownership that gives us both rights and responsibilities: the right to be informed about the management, strategy, and financial health of the company, to question practices we feel may not be in the company’s best interest, to work in a positive environment, and to share in the company’s financial success; and the responsibility to understand our own roles in achieving the company’s goals, to support management decisions and initiatives, to create a positive work environment, to find solutions and share ideas for improvement, and to be good stewards of our company’s resources.
As an employee-owned company, we’re not beholden to outside shareholders who care only about the bottom line; we have the freedom to emphasize other values, too, like social and environmental responsibility, and the wellness and satisfaction of our employees as whole people. The ability to live these values, through the hard work and dedication of our employee-owners, is an important part of our culture and our ongoing success.
We believe our employees deserve to work in a safe and positive environment that fosters not only their productive work but also their personal wellness and satisfaction. From paying fair wages, to offering subsidized exercise opportunities, to giving special recognition to long-time employee owners, we strive to create a workplace that enables our employees to be their best.
King Arthur Flour’s workplace practices have been widely recognized as among the best through both local and national award programs. We have been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont every year since the award’s inception, including receiving the top award in 2006. In 2008, King Arthur Flour was tapped as one of the 15 Top Small Workplaces in North America by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces; we were also named one of WorldBlu’s Most Democratic Workplaces worldwide. We were also honored by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility with the Terry Ehrich Large Company Leader Award in 2008, and the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award from Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in 2006.
We take pride in our efforts to make King Arthur Flour a great place to work, and we’re deeply honored to be recognized as a leader in workplace practices. It’s all the more incentive to continue doing our best for our employees.