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Retailers Make “Brands That Matter” Roster

American Eagle Outfitters, Lowe’s and Petco among those on the list.




Retailers Make “Brands That Matter” Roster
Lowe’s was among the retailers included on Fast Company’s list. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jillian Cain/

Fast Company’s latest “Brands That Matter” list recognizes companies in all industries leading the way on social action, sustainability, inclusivity and fun. Among the 165 businesses to make that roster are the following retailers and restaurant chains, followed by a brief blurb by FC on why each made the list.

The teen-focused apparel retailer meets its customers on emerging social media apps and supports their mental health.

Taking the “home” in home improvement to heart, Lowe’s has invested millions in affordable housing and funded home repairs.

The fast-food giant’s “Thank You Crew” campaign celebrated U.S. employees, while Ronald McDonald House helped workers in Ukraine.

By adding vet clinics to stores and encouraging employee education, Petco is positioning itself as more than a retailer.

Not ready to be a one-hit wonder, the chain unveiled its latest chicken sandwich with a sponsorship of designer LeQuan Smith’s Met Gala after-party.


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