Buffalo, N.Y., November 10, 2014 – Rich Products Corporation (richs.com) has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Rich’s was ranked fifth in the manufacturing sector on the organization’s 2014 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List (adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org).
Rich’s, the only company in Western New York to make the list, offers its associates up to 12 weeks of parental leave for an adopted child and provides $4,000 to assist in the adoption process. The company has had 14 associates use the benefit, which can be used up to three times.
“It is a great distinction for Rich’s to be named to the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List,” said Maureen Hurley, Rich’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer. “Providing child adoption assistance has been an important part of our associate benefits for several years. I have experienced the joy that comes with welcoming an adopted child into my family. It has been very gratifying to see a variety of Rich’s associates make the decision in their own lives to adopt a child and take advantage of the benefits as well as the support network available at Rich’s.”
Since 2008, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.
“We are incredibly excited and grateful to see a growing number of employers across the country provide adoption benefits for employees,” said Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Adoption, and in particular adoption from foster care, is an important and increasingly common path to parenthood; we commend all of the employers across the country who recognize the importance of providing benefits to employees looking to expand their families through adoption.”
The eighth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list also helps increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families. There are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 20,000 children in foster care turn 18 and age out of the system without families.
About the Dave Thomas Foundation:
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org, call 1-800-ASK-DTFA, or follow the organization onFacebook and Twitter.
Rich Products Corporation is a family-owned global food company defined by innovation and an unparalleled commitment to treating its customers, associates, and communities the same way… Like Family. Since 1945, Rich’s has been committed to developing food solutions that raise the standards for quality, safety, convenience and efficiency for its customers. As a leading supplier to the global foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, Rich’s posts annual sales exceeding $3.3 billion, operates 34 manufacturing facilities spanning six continents, and employs more than 9,200 people across the world. Additional company information can be found online (richs.com), on Facebook (Rich Products), on LinkedIn (Rich Products Corporation) and via Twitter (@RichProducts).