Companies often get punished in the media and the blogosphere for being poor corporate citizens. However, this story regarding Sears, Roebuck and Co. from the American Forces Press Service deserves some wider attention than the 5 hits that Google News digs up (3 of them are from the same military website).
The Freedom Award is presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Sears won an award this year for supporting up to 2,000 employees on active duty at one time. Here is the description of why Sears won the award:
"The company has guaranteed the jobs of Sears employees called to duty since that date -- well before the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act mandated such consideration in 1940.
The company has also pioneered programs to hire spouses of active-duty personnel and provided a grant of nearly $2.5 million to the National Military Family Association for "Operation Purple" summer camps, a series of camps for children of deployed military personnel. This year, more than 2,500 children of deployed servicemembers participated in the camps.
Sears makes up the difference between military pay and what employees earn from the company. While deployed, eligible employees also can continue participating in Sears' life insurance, medical and dental programs for up to 60 months of military duty.
Deployed employees also receive annual merit-pay increases, incentive pay and stock options."
Something to keep in mind when needing that new appliance, tool or item from home. It makes good sense to support companies that share our values. Congratulations to Sears for helping soldiers and their families since 1916.