CNN’s Dan Gilgoff recently wrote about 10 different companies that “have intensely religious sides — even if they’re not always visible to consumers.” He purposely excluded Chick-fil-A from the list, because he figured “many folk” already knew that because if you try to get a chicken sandwich on a Sunday, you will “find its doors locked and the lights out.” He also excluded companies like kosher-food manufacturer Manischewitz. Here is his list in no particular order.
The Buddhist owner of the food chain, John Mackey, “has worked to incorporate the eastern tradition’s ideals into his company.”
The company owns Terminix and American Home Shield. Founder Marion E. Wade, “viewed each individual employee and customer as being made in God’s image — worthy of dignity and respect.”
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The retailer includes Christian books and the Walton family “used Christian servant leadership models in building the world’s largest retailer.”
The furniture company’s founders “were steeped in the Reformed Protestant tradition.”
The chicken company pays to have chaplains for workers.
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The car battery company also has paid chaplains and applies biblical principles to its business.
The clothing store has the words John 3:16 at the bottom of its shopping bags.
The company’s mission statement includes says, “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”
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The restaurant has small biblical references on its wrappers and cups.
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Founder Tom Chappell was going to leave the company to be a minister, but “a professor advised him to just treat his business as ministry”
Commenters on CNN’s article suggested adding other companies to the list, like Buck Knives, Marriott and Hawaiian Airlines.