Become an Impact Employer


Prepare Your Company for the Future of Work by Putting Talent First

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Business leaders in today’s economy navigate a rapidly changing environment without a clear road map. Technology is reshaping how work is performed; employer loyalty is declining as Gen X-ers, millennials, and Gen Z-ers replace retiring baby boomers; distrust of large institutions—including companies—is at an all-time high; and customers and investors are questioning the impact of businesses on their communities. In response, businesses are fundamentally redesigning how they think about attracting, developing, and retaining employees. It’s no longer “nice” to be a company that thinks beyond quarterly earnings and shareholder returns, it’s a business imperative.

We call these companies “Impact Employers”—companies that tackle today’s challenges by adopting business strategies that make a positive impact on workers, communities, and the bottom line.

JFF developed a talent framework to support companies in becoming Impact Employers. It’s based on traditional components of corporate talent strategy—like recruiting, retaining, rewarding, and advancing talent—and it expands these strategies to include people-focused benefits. Each of the six components, or levers, of this framework represents an area of the business that companies can focus on to achieve high-impact returns by changing or modifying their existing practices.

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Impact Employers prioritize strategies and practices that benefit both workers and the bottom line across these six core areas.
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In this publication, we go into further detail on each lever in the Talent Framework. Each of the six components, or levers, of this framework represents an area of the business that companies can focus on to achieve high-impact returns by changing or modifying their existing practices. Discover the business case and evidence behind these practices, actionable strategies that you can adopt at your company, and case studies from companies that are leading the way.


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For each of the six levers, we share examples of specific practices, clear data and evidence in support of those practices, and company case studies that illustrate the benefits to workers and business.

How can you become an Impact Employer? We’re here to help.

For 35 years, JFF’s focus has been on helping to create economic opportunity and mobility for all Americans. We’re applying this expertise to inspire and support companies in joining a growing corporate movement to prioritize worker well-being alongside traditional business performance.

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Alongside JFF and other corporate leaders, our goal is to drive inclusive growth and build an economy that benefits more people. This is not simply about being a good corporate citizen— it’s a business imperative to weave together strategies and practices that work for everyone.

Jennie Sparandara, Head of Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.