Top Facts about Joseph Rowntree

    1. Joseph Rowntree established the world famous Rowntrees & Co Ltd, which produced cocoa, fruit pastilles and chocolate (including famous brands such as Kit Kat, Aero and Smarties). By 1923 it employed over 7000 people in York.
    2. Rowntree’s Quaker faith inspired him to become a model employer. That means that while setting up a very successful business, he also cared for his workforce well, giving them support and help when they needed it.
    3. Rowntree also championed social reform. He believed that working people had a right to good housing, welfare and education.
    4. He served on the boards which helped to run schools, hospitals and the library in York.
    5. Rowntree was a keen supporter of the Liberal Reforms of the early 20th century, the reform of the House of Lords to improve
    6. British democracy and of the League of Nations, set up after World War One.
    7. He supported the temperance movement which campaigned to remove the problems caused by excess alcohol consumption from society.
    8. He was so loved that over 2000 people gathered to remember him at the Cocoa Works factory when he died.
    9. The trusts he set up are still known nationally and still influence social policy in Britain.
    10. There’s a biography of Joseph Rowntree in our Wiki…