IOWA CITY, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WorldBlu®, a company specializing in freedom-centered, democratic organizational design and leadership, today announced it has certified 24 organizations as part of the 11th annual WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Workplaces, published annually on “Freedom at Work” Day. Over the past 11 years, WorldBlu has certified approximately 150 organizations impacting over one million employees worldwide.
Well-known companies to make the WorldBlu List include Simon Sinek’s leadership company Start With Why, DaVita, Mindvalley, Widen, New Belgium Brewery, The WD-40 Company and Zappos. The organizations range in size from five to 87,000 employees representing over $32 billion in combined annual revenue. Organizations from across the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Netherlands, Malaysia, Haiti, New Zealand, and Romania made the WorldBlu List from a diversity of industries including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, sports, education and professional services.
“Companies that practice freedom rather than fear in their workplace in terms of how they operate and treat their employees average almost seven times higher revenue growth compared to companies on the S&P 500 Index,” explains WorldBlu Founder and CEO, Traci Fenton. “Organizational democracy is the framework for freedom, and it’s a proven strategy for creating world-class cultures and highly-resilient companies.”
Examples of freedom and organizational democracy in the workplace include Happy, Ltd., where employees choose their own manager; DaVita, where the majority of decisions are made in the field rather than at corporate headquarters; and New Belgium Brewery, which practices open-book management.
DaVita, a healthcare company, is the only Fortune 400 organization in the world to have maintained their WorldBlu certification for ten consecutive years, along with DreamHost, Mindvalley and Sweetriot.
Organizations are eligible for the WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Workplaces after employees complete The WorldBlu Freedom at Work™ Scorecard, which evaluates their practice of the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy. Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors, in operation for at least one full year, with five or more employees and $1 million in annual revenue, may apply.
Founded in 1997, WorldBlu is a community of individuals and organizations from over 80 countries committed to practicing freedom and democracy in the workplace.