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Dogs@work named Etsy as a 2018 recipient of The DOG Award. “Etsy has beautifully established the dog as a valuable addition to its corporate culture,” says Debbie Black, Director of Dogs@work. “Since its inception in 2005, Etsy has been at the forefront of integrating their furry friends into their human culture.”

Etsy is a publicly traded e-commerce portal focused on handmade merchandise. Etsy joins Mars, Incorporated, Ben & Jerry’s, Google, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Zogics in the inaugural circle of companies who are DOG award winners.

Dog Days at Etsy | company produced video

The DOG Award is about more than recognizing successful organizations,” says Black. “The communities which earn The DOG Award exemplify companies that invest in every level of its employee’s performance. Etsy is a leader in the dogs at work movement.”

Dogs@work is an animal advocacy group that encourages positive awareness of dogs in corporate culture. Research shows 37% of dog owners would sacrifice vacation time or a pay raise to be able to bring their dog to work. 44% of dog lovers would consider a career move for a pet-friendly workplace.

Studies have shown a tremendous contribution from dogs at the office,” says Thom Black, a director at Dogs@work. “Inside a company, dogs increase morale, de-stress the environs, facilitate meaningful communication, and increase productivity. One in ten companies in America include dogs in their workplace design. Its time for other companies to look at Etsy and observe what they are doing with their canine policy.”

Etsy’s dog-friendly office policy has been in place since the company began. It’s one of the ways Etsy strives to maintain a casual, creative, and inspiring work environment. “Bringing our dogs to work helps keep spirits high and fosters a sense of community and connection that is paramount to what Etsy is all about,” says Etsy’s employee experience manager, Sarah Starpoli.

The Latin phrase, A bonis ad meliora, embedded in the gold circle of The DOG Award means from good to better. “Etsy has made its good company better by including their employees’ dogs in its culture,” says David Paul Kirkpatrick, a director at Dogs@work, and the former President of Paramount Pictures and the former President of Walt Disney Pictures.

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On November, 2018, The DOG Award will be presented to Etsy at their offices in Brooklyn, New York. “It’s exciting for us to be presenting this award to Etsy with both dogs and their humans in attendance,” says Debbie Black. “Dogs make for better and kinder companies, and, therefore, a better and kinder world.”

For more information on joining the growing Dogs@work Nation, please visit the Dogs@work webpage.

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Dogs at Work is a social-advocacy group that celebrates and advances the integration of dogs in the human workplace.

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