Company Profile

sweetgreen

Makes it easier for people to eat healthy nutritious meals from seasonal produce, and makes sure its employees don't have to choose between a paycheck and their health--or their right to vote.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Food & Beverage
Year Founded
2007
Location
Los Angeles, California
Leadership
Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru, Nicolas Jammet
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Food & Beverage (2020)

Before the pandemic, Sweetgreen's fastest growing business arm was its no-fee delivery service, which had become popular with office workers. When offices shut down, Sweetgreen pivoted and began delivering free, fresh, and healthy meals to hospital workers across the country. Within two weeks of launching the Impact Outpost initiative, Sweetgreen received more than 20,000 inquiries from people who wanted to help, so the company started a fund which has since helped to serve nearly 400,000 meals to more than 400 hospital partners nationwide. The company's partnerships with local vendors help sustain a network of regional farms, and just about every aspect of its operation is built with sustainability in mind. Sweetgreen's market research firm, for example, provides pro-bono research for local charities and gives back a percentage of profit from every project, its software development partner mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and volunteers at an inner-city high school, and the company's office furniture is purchased from an organization that hires individuals seeking a second chance. The company also provided up to 3 hours of paid-time-off for all hourly employees to vote on election day and to vote early, so team members do not have to choose between work and casting their vote. 

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Beyond Good

Produces chocolate in Africa, which removes supply-chain intermediaries, saves on operating costs, and increases farmers' wages.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Food & Beverage
Year Founded
2008
Location
New York, New York
Leadership
Tim McCollum, Nate Engle, Briana Pace
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Food & Beverage (2020)

Africa grows 70 percent of the world's cocoa but produces less than 1 percent of the world's chocolate. Beyond Good is the only U.S. company producing ­chocolate—from bean to bar, plus packaging—at the source, in Africa. By doing so, it has replaced a fragmentary and exploitive supply chain with a streamlined system. This model offers bean-to-bar production in 10 days and allows farmers to earn six times the industry standard. Additionally, Beyond Good partnered with the Bristol Zoo to research agroforestry’s effects on endangered lemurs.

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Esri

Creates geographical visualizations with data sets from organizations like the U.S. Census, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Esri's ArcGIS sotware was used to enhance Johns Hopkins University's Covid-19 tracker.

Jack Dangermond
Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Government Services
Year Founded
1969
Location
Redlands, California
Leadership
Jack Dangermond
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Government Services (2020)

Esri's ArcGIS software has long been used to track natural and human-made disasters. This year, the software was used by the Johns Hopkins University and became the national standard for visualizing the Covid-19 infection rate. As the virus spread across the globe, Esri provided JHU access to leading cartographic experts and data scientists, and even helped JHU make infrastructure enhancements to the tracker to support a record-breaking 4.5 billion requests per day. Esri employees also were actively engaged in supporting voters during the 2020 election. An employee resource group at Esri called Black Girls M.A.P.P. spun off a volunteer advocacy initiative that saw 150 staffers donate 1,200 hours toward building data-driven narratives about policies affecting communities under-represented in the political process.

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Proscia

Offers a digital pathology platform that helps laboratories make more accurate diagnoses and accelerate discovery in image-based research.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Government Services
Year Founded
2014
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Leadership
David West, Coleman StavishNathan Buchbinder
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Government Services (2020)

Proscia is helping drive advances related to Covid-19 by working with the Joint Pathology Center, the premiere pathology reference center for U.S. authorities, to digitize the world’s largest repository of human tissue data. Making this tissue data accessible helps pathologists, researchers, and clinicians improve their understanding of infectious diseases. Proscia also leverages artificial intelligence to improve its suite of diagnostic imaging tools, helping laboratories and researchers make more accurate diagnoses.

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Accela

Helps state and local governments provide virtual public services--and when the pandemic hit, it built a suite of solutions to help those governments work and offer most services remotely.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Government Services
Year Founded
1999
Location
San Ramon, California
Leadership
Gary Kovacs
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Government Services (2020)

Governments are increasingly reliant on digital technology to expand access to critical information, provide essential services, and connect with their communities. When Covid-19 hit, Accela asked government IT decision-makers about the most critical, time-sensitive actions needed to keep operations running and citizens safe. In just two weeks, Acela developed a suite of 13 cloud solutions to help local and state governments and agencies work remotely, offer online services to citizens, and conduct virtual inspections--and helped implement these solutions within a week despite financial and human resource constraints.

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Inc. 5000
No. 4995 (2018), No. 3851 (2017), No. 2948 (2016)