I have a completely professional crush on the Pangea founder. Listen to a wonderful (long) interview with him at Organic Beauty Radio. For those of you that haven’t seen their wonderful soaps and lotions, Pangea makes organic (or as organic as you can get!) body care and skin care products. You can buy the entire product line on their site.
The highlights: he pays his employees a minimum of $12.50 per hour, has a vegetable garden at the warehouse so all his staff can eat organic veggies, and employs a cook to cook lunch for all the staff.
The downlights: Pangea has been open for five years and has only shown a profit for one of those years.
It’s hard to balance profitability and social responsibility but Joshua sounds like he’s well on his way to figuring it out.