Spotlight on Tito’s Vodka
Like many people coming up short on hand sanitizer and searching for options on the internet, you may have stumbled upon an anecdote about mixing a little vodka with hand lotion—claiming to be “practically the same thing.” Turns out, it is not, and it got back to Tito’s Vodka.
In a swift effort to dispel the rumor, Tito’s posted that their vodka was unsafe for sanitization purposes. Next, they announced an initial plan to produce and donate 24 tons of hand sanitizer to first responders, hospitals and health care workers in Texas, also pledging $2 million to organizations supporting coronavirus relief efforts. Taking something a step further is common at Tito’s Vodka and the spirit of giving back is central to their business model.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Tito’s began as a company manufacturing an artisanal, handmade vodka, but their evolution has made selling vodka ancillary to their charitable mission. “Now we are a philanthropic company that does events and just sells vodka on the side,” says founder, Bert “Tito” Beveridge. This year alone, Tito’s has dedicated resources to areas impacted by natural disasters: the earthquakes in Puerto Rico that have displaced thousands, the fires across Australia that devastated communities, wildlife and natural habitats, and the tornados that ripped through Tennessee.
The mission at Tito’s is simple: Spread love and goodness. In fact, every new employee spends their first two weeks volunteering with a local organization. Tito’s even designated an officer to carry out that mission. The Chief Joyologist and the “Love, Tito’s” team—really a department of individuals committed to giving back—are responsible for charitable events, volunteer projects and ultimately, cultivating happiness.
The world could use a little more love and goodness and as we continue to see the generous ways Tito’s Vodka and other companies are providing relief during this difficult time, perhaps we can look forward to more companies adopting a “Chief Joyologist” role in the future.
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