Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators celebrates company cultures that empower employees at all levels to improve processes, create products, or invent ways of doing business. This is the fourth annual list the organization has compiled, and Digi-Key’s first appearance on the list. 

Digi-Key ranked No. 28 on the list of 100 companies, which more than 1,500 companies applied to join. The company received special recognition for their steadfast commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. 

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do,” said Shane Zutz, vice president of human resources for Digi-Key. “Digi-Key exists to fuel technology innovation and ultimately the world’s ideas, and in order to continuously lead in enabling the world’s ideas, you need a team of brilliant innovators and thinkers. We’re proud to have more than 5,200 innovative team members supporting our efforts across the globe and thank every one of them for making our workplace culture one to be celebrated and admired.”

Digi-Key plans to officially open their 2.2 million square foot Product Distribution Center expansion later this month, which will include a variety of automated systems to optimize the employee, customer, and supplier experience. The state-of-the-art facility highlights Digi-Key’s innovative company culture and commitment to employee well-being. Features include multiple common work areas and break rooms with oversized windows for optimal natural sunlight, a quiet room, and 16 private mothers’ rooms. Outside the building there is a Community Garden where employees can adopt a plot for the summer and plant seasonal flowers, fruits, and vegetables. 

“This year’s list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a deep commitment to cultivating creativity across the board,” says Brendan Vaughan, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “In the face of powerful headwinds, these leaders and teams continue to spur innovation.”

Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2022 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries. Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers worked together to score nearly 1,500 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies. The 2022 awards feature workplaces from around the world.