From Pensions to Solar Panels: Corporate Perks Evolve

A major perk of corporate work used to be the pension plan, a rare species of benefit today. Now, there’s a more forward-looking offer: some 100,000 employees of 3M, Kimberly-Clark, Cisco Systems, and National Geographic will be able to buy or lease solar power systems for their homes at a lower rate. The Solar Community Initiative is built on the bulk buying volume of thousands of workers to finance the discounts. The program is operated by Geostellar, an online marketer of solar systems, and was initiated by the World Wildlife Fund, which asked its corporate partners about adopting a program that the environmental group offers its employees. It’s the latest example of activist organizations partnering with businesses to support and grow a new, progressive market. Look for more such innovative partnerships to offer more innovative benefits in the traditional workplace.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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