Annie’s does not just encourage its employees to volunteer — it requires them to do so.

All employees at the Berkeley organic food manufacturer must volunteer a minimum of eight hours a year. The company donated $144,000 to fund school grants and scholarships last year, but also emphasizes the value of volunteering time and employee resources.

That is why in 2008 Annie’s Inc. signed up with five other companies for an inaugural 10-day service trip to help communities in New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. The trip is part of In Good Company, a program organized by Clif Bar & Co. that sends a group of employees from partner companies each year to work on projects related to providing healthy food and housing and helping the environment…

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Ran in the Jul 26, 2013 Print Edition of the San Francisco Business Times.