Greek Reporter: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks: Managing a Green Giant During the Pandemic

By Tasos Kokkinidis
Greek Reporter, Dec 10, 2020

Greek-American Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President and CEO of ECOS®, is not just a successful business leader but also an influential and dedicated environmentalist.

In an in-depth interview with Greek Reporter, she explains how her company, which makes the environmentally friendly ECOS Laundry Detergent and other household cleaners, adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by prioritizing the health of its employees and scaling its operations to meet the global need for cleaning products.

She also shares why ECOS pays one of the highest minimum wages in the industry and her hopes that the incoming US administration will strengthen environmental and health policies. ...

ECOS, a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, has been a front-runner in supporting its employees with a strong health insurance policy, family-friendly benefits and a fair living wage, paying a minimum wage of $17 an hour, one of the highest in the industry.

“Paying a fair wage is good for employees and for companies, as well as the economy. When you take care of your team, they take care of you with quality work and dedication,” Vlahakis-Hanks tells Greek Reporter.

She says that a business model that pays low wages is unprofitable in the long run because of the high costs of employee turnover, low productivity and loss of corporate memory. “Businesses must understand that to have be successful in the long term you must take care of your people.” ...

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