Give Back Days: We’re just getting started

Give Back Days are our way of recognizing the immense privilege and potential that comes with creating a rapidly growing global company. They harness the most powerful and inspiring force we have: our people.

Vietnam team helping out at the orphanage

Acknowledging our privilege

As a company, and as individuals, we know that we’ve been privileged during times that have been extraordinarily tough for many others. As more and more people take up the safe, outdoor activity of running, and as our employee count around the world keeps growing, we know that we have an overwhelming responsibility to give back. That’s why we created Give Back Days – and why we even wrote them into our company objectives in 2020.

Vietnam team helping out at the orphanage

Acknowledging our privilege

As a company, and as individuals, we know that we’ve been privileged during times that have been extraordinarily tough for many others. As more and more people take up the safe, outdoor activity of running, and as our employee count around the world keeps growing, we know that we have an overwhelming responsibility to give back. That’s why we created Give Back Days – and why we even wrote them into our company objectives in 2020.

Japan team in action grooming nature trails

Giving back however you can

Give Back Days are about unleashing the extraordinary potential of our 770 team members (probably even more by the time you read this). From Ho Chi Minh City to Zurich, Portland to London, Berlin to São Paulo, we encouraged everyone to roll up their sleeves and give back to their communities however they could.

We didn’t want to just tell people what good means. Give Back Days are about letting our people decide for themselves how and where they want to contribute. Sometimes they got together and worked in teams – like those in Vietnam who volunteered at an orphanage for the day. Or the team in Portland who rapidly came together to make relief kits for families affected by devastating fires. Others preferred to go solo and give back their own way.

Japan team in action grooming nature trails

Giving back however you can

Give Back Days are about unleashing the extraordinary potential of our 770 team members (probably even more by the time you read this). From Ho Chi Minh City to Zurich, Portland to London, Berlin to São Paulo, we encouraged everyone to roll up their sleeves and give back to their communities however they could.

We didn’t want to just tell people what good means. Give Back Days are about letting our people decide for themselves how and where they want to contribute. Sometimes they got together and worked in teams – like those in Vietnam who volunteered at an orphanage for the day. Or the team in Portland who rapidly came together to make relief kits for families affected by devastating fires. Others preferred to go solo and give back their own way.

Portland Team packing the relief kits

The whole global team created a wave of momentum that led to incredible participation. Some team members have already set another date to get involved again, while others have been inspired to start volunteering regularly.

Portland Team packing the relief kits

The whole global team created a wave of momentum that led to incredible participation. Some team members have already set another date to get involved again, while others have been inspired to start volunteering regularly.

Give Back Days in action

Here are a few more of the examples of Give Back Days from our team all around the world:

  • Silvia in Zurich fundraised for research into rare diseases and families affected by these diseases.
  • Drew, Whitney and Andrej in Portland hand wrote letters for the ‘Love for our elders’ organization.
  • Theo in Berlin helped sort, clean and pack up food for people in need at the Berliner Tafel.
  • On Team in Yokohama spent the day cleaning up trash and grooming the Tanzawa nature trail.
  • Laurent in Zürich assisted with sustainability assessments for a solar impulse foundation helping them identify potential solutions.
  • Alex in Toronto coached under-staffed youth hockey teams.

Give Back Days in action

Here are a few more of the examples of Give Back Days from our team all around the world:

  • Silvia in Zurich fundraised for research into rare diseases and families affected by these diseases.
  • Drew, Whitney and Andrej in Portland hand wrote letters for the ‘Love for our elders’ organization.
  • Theo in Berlin helped sort, clean and pack up food for people in need at the Berliner Tafel.
  • On Team in Yokohama spent the day cleaning up trash and grooming the Tanzawa nature trail.
  • Laurent in Zürich assisted with sustainability assessments for a solar impulse foundation helping them identify potential solutions.
  • Alex in Toronto coached under-staffed youth hockey teams.

Theo sorting and cleaning vegetables at Berliner Tafel

Here to stay

Giving back to the communities we live amongst shouldn’t be a maybe, an if-we-can-make-time kind of thing. It should be built into who we are, how we think, and how we act. That’s why Give Back Days are here to stay. Because we know that what matters most is making a positive difference, however, whenever, and wherever we can.

Theo sorting and cleaning vegetables at Berliner Tafel

Here to stay

Giving back to the communities we live amongst shouldn’t be a maybe, an if-we-can-make-time kind of thing. It should be built into who we are, how we think, and how we act. That’s why Give Back Days are here to stay. Because we know that what matters most is making a positive difference, however, whenever, and wherever we can.

Jana and Marielle helping a Swiss farmer take care of his cow pastures

Jana and Marielle helping a Swiss farmer take care of his cow pastures