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Greyston’s Kenner Calls Upon Business Leaders at Davos Forum to Embrace Open Hiring 

Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Joseph Kenner, President and CEO of Greyston Foundation and Greyston Bakery.

Joseph Kenner, CEO and President of BCW Member Greyston, took the stage at the Davos World Economic Forum as one of the Social Innovators of the Year 2023 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, to discuss the need for companies to embrace Open Hiring to fulfill the dramatically changing labor market.

“The pandemic revealed the deep structural inequalities in society, and it has become increasingly clear that traditional hiring practices are not working for many people. This recognition highlights the need to change how hiring is done, and it comes at a time when the world is facing a growing need to disrupt the employment process,” said Kenner who was recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as Social Innovator of the Year 2023.

Open Hiring battles the current labor shortage by offering work on a first-come, first-hired basis, with no interviews, background checks, or resumes. Employing the practice at its Yonkers bakery, which is well known for the brownies used in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Greyston has pioneered Open Hiring® since its inception.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Schwab Foundation for our approach to creating opportunities for those whom traditional hiring practices may have left behind,” said Andrew Yearley, Greyston Board Chair. “The people who come through our doors through Open Hiring are making a world-class product enjoyed worldwide through Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.”

 

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