"Alvarado has created great working environment for its diverse group of worker owners, most without formal education. The bakery, which reaches out to previously unemployed individuals in its hiring process, provides good benefits, including a comprehensive health plan, retirement saving account, extensive training, company paid ESL classes, and assistance with ongoing education. Because Alvarado is an employee-owned business, worker owners are trained in reading financial statements. The average employee tenure is a decade, and after that many of the worker owners have gone on to open and manage their own successful businesses."
“This is a significant award for the bakery and it is national recognition of the significance of what we do here at Alvarado Street Bakery. As a worker owned co-operative we like to think we are focusing on providing quality jobs and that we are looking after our workers. Receiving an award like this tells us that we are doing just that and that again we are providing corporate America with an example of a sound business that takes pride in looking after every worker with good working conditions, a living wage and quality benefits. This award following the recent positive focus on the bakery in the Michael Moore movie 'Capitalism, A Love Story' wraps up a great year for us at ASB.” Tuck also pointed out the bakery’s new solar panels. “The solar project will supply around 40% of the Bakery’s yearly electricity needs, enough electricity to power around ninety homes.”
"With support from the Citi Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, SJF Institute and Green For All have partnered to launch a Green Jobs Award Program, which seeks to identify, recognize, and promote private companies that are leaders in quality green job creation. The program celebrates businesses that are making valuable contributions to both the economy and the environment. The application process was open to private companies with at least $500,000 in revenue, and with a business model that preserves or enhances environmental quality. Applicants were judged on their environmental contribution, quality of their jobs and benefits, the diversity of employment opportunities, and their level of community engagement."