“The [Strauss] brothers promoted the welfare of Macy’s employees by providing a dining hall with full meals for just five cents, [the cost was based on an employee’s pay; the objective was to see to it that every employee had at least one decent meal a day] offering personal gifts of money, clothing, and medical treatment, [to individual Macy’s employees in need] and establishing [for things like medical care] a Mutual Aid Society [along with a campground to give Macy’s employees low-cost vacation options]. As a philanthropist, Nathan [Strauss] gave generously to support health, disaster relief, and charity,…”
Nathan Strauss had several of his children die from bad milk. So, while business and industry of his day were fighting the idea of pasteurizing milk, Nathan Strauss set up factories to pasteurize milk anyway. He operated almost 300 distribution centers for pasteurized milk in 30 cities. He distributed pasteurized milk to poor people at or below his operating costs. Later, when the government finally mandated that milk had to be pasteurized before it could be sold, Strauss donated his milk factories to charitable/public organizations when he could have had a monopoly (at least temporarily) on the sale of milk in his part of the country.
Nathan’s brother Isidore died on Titanic. He was offered a place in a lifeboat due to his advanced age. He refused as long as there were women and children still on board. His wife refused to get into a lifeboat without him and she died with her husband (after giving her maid her fur coat).
Milton Hershey and his wife died childless. The entire Hershey’s candy company was willed to a boarding school for orphans. The school (as far as I know) still owns the company.
During World War II, Zenith produced bomb parts which the company gave to the