SVN Announces First Four Hall of Fame Honourees

SVN Announces First Four Hall of Fame Honourees

25 members to be recognized at gala celebration November 13 in New York City

Social Venture Network (SVN) has announced the first four of 25 inductees into its Hall of Fame celebrating the network’s 25-year anniversary.

Eileen Fisher, founder of EILEEN FISHER Inc.; Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre and New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Equations; Margot Fraser, founder of Birkenstock USA; and Bruce Poon Tip, CEO and founder of G Adventures, are recognized as workplace champions who are creating meaningful work environments for their employees.

“These leaders know that successful companies are the result of positive company cultures, and they are very skilled in empowering their employees to do their best work,” said SVN executive director Deb Nelson in a press release announcing the workplace champions.

Examples of SVN Hall of Fame honourees’ outstanding workplace practices range from employee ownership to leading with emotional intelligence.

For example, when Margot retired from Birkenstock USA, she passed on the shares of the business she founded  to her successors — the employees.

One third of Eileen’s multimillion dollar clothing company is owned by the employees. 

Chip, who started in the hotel industry at the age of 26 with no industry experience, credits his success that now spans 35 award-winning hotels and 3,000 employees to understanding staff members’ motivations and tapping into and empowering their higher purpose.

Bruce’s sustainable adventure company prides itself on a culture of fun that celebrates individuality, champions diversity and inspires innovation. Last year, G Adventures was named one of Canada’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces.

Workplace Champions is the first of five categories of SVN’s Hall of Fame inductees with the winners announced in stages building up to a final Hall of Fame awards ceremony Nov. 13 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

A panel of 20 judges, representing peers, academics, business and organizational leaders decided on the 25 honourees, each of whom modeled the values of SVN and scaled an enterprise of at least $50m or the equivalent in measurable positive social and environmental impact.

 “The SVN Hall of Fame demonstrates how business can be a positive force for change. We are thrilled to be celebrating the work of these extraordinary entrepreneurs,” said Nelson.

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