Although the reach of our company is global, we believe the greatest positive impact we can make as a corporate citizen is local. We ascribe to the philosophy of the multiplier effect of Individual Responsibility. By doing our part to improve our local community and environment, we hope to inspire others to join in our shared effort to make our world a better place.
Since 1979, The Power of Good Food Shared™ has inspired everyone at Sweet Street to innovate and create the most luscious, indulgent foods served globally. But there is more to us than our decadent desserts. There is a heartfelt commitment to cultivating an environment where our employees, neighbors and partners can thrive, achieve and succeed.
As a certified Woman-Owned Business, we ensure opportunities are available for all who strive to grow. In the state of Pennsylvania, owner Sandy Solmon has been named one of the 50 Best Women in Business, citing contributions to the state’s economy and communities.
At Sweet Street, we learn from different experiences and embrace each other’s strengths. We foster a collaborative environment of cultural vibrancy and inclusion, reflective of our beloved city; 40% of our production supervisors are Hispanic and have been promoted from entry level positions. Sandy has been recognized by PA Senator Judith Schwank and the City of Reading, for her dedication to diverse ethnicity employment and exemplary community service. Partnerships with Centro Hispano
and Greater Reading Chamber Alliance programs, Berks County Workforce Development Board, Berks Latino Workforce Development Corporation, Women2Women and De Mujer A Mujer, build upon our strategic alliances to foster personal growth and career advancement for all.
Through deep relationships with these partners, collective achievements propagate significant and positive change.
- The Schmidt Center at RACC
- Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
- Manufacterer’s Rescource Center
- The Berks County Community Foundation
- Literacy Council of Reading- Berks
- Prospectus Berco
- Opportunity House
- Olivet Boyes & Girls Clubs
- Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank
- Centro Hispano
Transformational opportunities to help our employees grow and develop and to help their families stay healthy and secure.
Empowering our employees to grow personally and professionally, their success becomes reciprocal.
- On the job training and rewards
- Technical vocation certificates
- Supervisory and leadership training
- Tuition reimbursement plans
Policies that promote healthy behaviors and access to a variety
of support and programs; tobacco cessation, regular health screenings and nutrition education.
- Comprehensive, affordable beneifts
- On-site nurse visits
- Health risk assessments
- Monthly wellness activities
- Wellness coaching
Helping employees take more control over their money in an effort to reduce stress and plan for their future and propagate opportunities for the next generation.
- Profit Sharing
- Scholarship fund for employee’s children
- On-site financial workshops
Extra measures to ensure a safe workplace environment and training to instill this mindset amongst all employees.
- Certified Safety Committee
- Emergency Response Team trained in first aid and CPR
- Employee safety and hazardous communication training
- Comprehensive incident investigation within 24 hours
Investments in programs and organizations providing access to nutrition, arts and education, while helping our neighbors, expanding access to and beautifying our city of Reading, PA.
Giving back to where we all live and work, we champion the entrepreneurial spirit of like-minded organizations, actively seeking out change and envisioning innovative approaches to fight food insecurity, expand economic development and access to the arts and education.
Each year, Sweet Street donates, financially and in-kind, to hundreds of non-profit organizations, local sports teams, art and educational programs, as well as community projects, with the focus of improving the quality of life for children, families and our community.
- The GoggleWorks
- Reading CollegeTowne
- Reading Symphony Orchestra
- Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest
- Genesius Theater
- Reading Public Museum
Adhering to socially responsible purchasing, ensuring our world can flourish for future generations.
In 2022, Sweet Street announced the Landfill Free by 2025 initiative. By partnering with sustainable energy plants, the bakery’s waste stream will be converted to biodiesel fuel and all remaining materials will be recycled or used as fuel to generate electricity.
Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable fuel manufactured domestically from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel meets both the biomass-based diesel and overall advanced biofuel requirement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Renewable diesel, also called “green diesel,”
is distinct from biodiesel. (https://afdc.energy.gov)
Our bakery operates with an energy conservation mindset. We are constantly looking at ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Recent projects have included installing variable frequency drives to reduce fan speeds where possible (electricity reduction), automating cooling tower operation to better control water usage (water reduction) and utilizing heat dissipated by our product cooling system to heat our plant water year round.
Click Here for more details, and to download, our Social Impact Statement.