How to Write a Mission Statement + 10 Great Examples

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Updated November 30, 2023

Why is an effective mission statement so valuable? It’s worth taking a minute to ask what it is about certain brands that keep us coming back. What is it about them that makes us spend more time, money, or effort over other options? Is it the price? Maybe the convenience? Or is it something more?

The brands and businesses that we really connect with do more than just supply a product or service . They showcase a purpose, a mission that we can get behind. This can be displayed in how they interact with customers, the organizations and communities they support, and even the way they develop their products.

And there’s no better way for a business owner to showcase this purpose, than through a well-written mission statement.

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  • What is a mission statement?

Mission statement or vision statement?

  • Why write a mission statement?
  • How to write a great mission statement
  • 10 Examples of Great Mission Statements

A mission statement is a simple action-oriented statement that explains your company’s purpose. It summarizes what your company does for customers, employees, and owners, and typically includes general descriptions of your organization, its core function, and its goals. In short, you’re explaining what you do and why you do it within a mission statement.

Depending on the focus of your business, your mission statement may be even broader. Explaining not just how you serve your customers and employees, but your community and the world at large. Some businesses even opt to separate this larger aspiration into what’s known as a vision statement.

A vision statement is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a vision for the direction of your company and what it aspires to be. 

These two statements aren’t really interchangeable. They both reflect the purpose and goals of your business, but serve completely different purposes. Your mission statement is the roadmap to achieve your vision. Your vision statement is a much broader picture of the aspirations for your business. 

These can be completely separate written statements for your business, or they can be combined into a more comprehensive mission statement. Having all three does allow you to utilize them for different business purposes, so it may be worth developing variations over time.

Speaking of variations, it’s important to note that your mission statement will likely evolve over time as your business grows and changes. So, don’t be afraid to make adjustments when it seems necessary, and avoid looking for the perfect version of your mission statement. 

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I’ve had a 30-year love-hate relationship with mission statements. I’ve read thousands. I love it when a mission statement defines a business so well that it feels like strategy—which does happen—and I hate it when a mission statement is generic, stale, and completely useless. 

Just because a traditional business plan often includes a mission statement isn’t a reason to do one. If it’s not going to be useful for you and help guide your business, don’t bother. The vast majority of the mission statements are just meaningless hype that could be used to describe any business.

Don’t fall into the trap of writing a mission statement just because some checklist or expert said you had to. There are actually sites that poke fun at how most mission statements use vague, high-sounding phrases to say nothing. You should write a mission statement if you want to add clarity to your business goals and you want to get your employees, investors, and customers to understand what your organization is all about. 

Developing your company’s first mission statement, or writing a new or revised one, is your opportunity to define the company’s goals, ethics, culture, and norms for decision-making. The daily routine of business gets in the way sometimes, and a quick refresh with the mission statement helps you take a step back and remember what’s most important: the organization has a purpose. 

So how do you make a useful mission statement? Over the decades I’ve spent reading, writing, and evaluating business plans , I’ve come up with a process for developing a useful mission statement, and it boils down to these five steps.

1. Start with a market-defining story

A really good market-defining story explains the need, or the want, or—if you like jargon—the so-called “why to buy.” It defines the target customer or “buyer persona .” And it defines how your business is different from most others, or even unique. It simplifies thinking about what a business isn’t, what it doesn’t do.

Imagine a real person making the actual decision to buy what you sell. Why do they want it? How did they find your business? What does it do for them? The more concrete the story, the better. And keep that in mind for the actual mission statement wording: “The more concrete, the better.”

This isn’t literally part of the mission statement. Rather, it’s an important thing to have in your head while you write the mission statement. It’s in the background, between the words. If you’re having trouble getting started, make a quick list of what your company does and doesn’t do.

2. Define what your business does for its customers

Start your mission statement with the good you do. Use your market-defining story to suss out whatever it is that makes your business special for your target customer .

Don’t undervalue your business: You don’t have to cure cancer or stop global climate change to be doing good. Offering trustworthy auto repair, for example, narrowed down to your specialty in your neighborhood with your unique policies, is doing something good. So is offering excellent slow food in your neighborhood, with emphasis on organic and local, at a price premium.

This is a part of your mission statement, and a pretty crucial part at that—write it down.

If your business is good for the world, incorporate that here too. But claims about being good for the world need to be meaningful, and distinguishable from all the other businesses. Add the words “clean” or “green” if that’s really true and you keep to it rigorously. Don’t just say it, especially if it isn’t important or always true.

For example, Apple Computer’s 2020 mission statement is:

“Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it..”

That one obviously passes the test of defining the company with flying colors. Nobody could mistake that mission for generic hype. And it’s an interesting change from the early mission as defined by founder Steve Jobs:

“To make a contribution to the world by making tools for the mind that advance humankind.”

Ikea, on the other hand, starts its mission statement with something that could be any company anywhere. “Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the [sic] many people.” To its credit, it goes on to define a “rest of the mission” that could only be IKEA:

“We make this possible by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.”

And note, in this mission statement, how Sweetgreen incorporates a world vision into a product-oriented mission statement:

“Founded in 2007, Sweetgreen is a destination for delicious food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. We source local and organic ingredients from farmers we know and partners we trust, supporting our communities, and creating meaningful relationships with those around us. We exist to create experiences where passion and purpose come together.”

3. Define what your business does for its employees

Good businesses are good for their employees too or they don’t last. Keeping employees is better for the bottom line than turnover. Company culture matters. Rewarding and motivating people matters. A mission statement can define what your business offers its employees.

My recommendation is that you don’t simply assert how the business is good for employees—you define it here and then forever after make it true.

Qualities like fairness, diversity, respect for ideas and creativity, training, tools, empowerment, and the like, actually really matter. However, since every business in existence at least says that it prioritizes those things, strive for a differentiator and a way to make the general goals feel more concrete and specific.

Don’t worry about being fully unique

With this part of the mission statement, there’s a built-in dilemma. On the one hand, it’s good for everybody involved to use the mission statement to establish what you want for employees in your business. On the other hand, it’s hard to do that without falling into the trap of saying what every other business says.

Stating that you value fair compensation, room to grow, training, a healthy, creative work environment, and respect for diversity is probably a good idea, even if that part of your mission statement isn’t unique. That’s because the mission statement can serve as a reminder—for owners, supervisors, and workers—and as a lever for self-enforcement.

If you have a special view on your relationship with employees, write it into the mission statement. If your business is friendly to families, or to remote virtual workplaces, put that into your mission.

You may not need to focus on employees

And this is rare in mission statements. The vast majority are focused on messaging for customers. My recommendation here is not the norm. I include it because it’s good practice, even though not common.

While I consulted for Apple Computer, for example, that business differentiated its goals of training and empowering employees by making a point of bringing in very high-quality educators and presenters to help employees’ business expertise grow. That was part of the culture and, to my mind, part of the mission; but it wasn’t part of the mission statement. It could have been.

American Express, however, includes the team in its mission:

“We have a mission to be the world’s most respected service brand. To do this, we have established a culture that supports our team members, so they can provide exceptional service to our customers.”

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4. Add what the business does for its owners

In business school, they taught us that the mission of management is to enhance the value of the stock. And shares of stock are ownership. Some would say that it goes without saying that a business exists to enhance the financial position of its owners, and maybe it does. However, only a small subset of all businesses are about the business buzzwords of “share value” and “return on investment.”

In the early years of my business, I wanted peace of mind about cash flow more than I wanted growth, and I wanted growth more than I wanted profits. So I wrote that into my mission statement. And at one point I realized I was also building a business that was a place where I was happy to be working, with people I wanted to work with; so I wrote that into my mission statement, too.

However, this element too, as with the suggestion about including employees, is unusual. Few mission statements do it. That’s understandable, since most mission statements are outward-facing only, aimed at customers and nobody else.

Still, some of the best mission statements incorporate a much broader sense of mission that includes, or at least implies, the mission of ownership.

Warby Parker, an eyewear company, does a great job at voicing a higher mission that includes customers, employees, and owners.

“Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious business.”

5. Discuss, digest, cut, polish, review, and revise

Good mission statements serve multiple functions, define objectives, and live for a long time. So, edit. This step is worth it.

Start by considering developing a full mission statement for internal use and using a customer-facing subset for general publication. That’s common. Many companies have segmented mission statements, with sections set aside and categorized by type or goal. Use bullet points or sections if that works for you. Part of the reason people confuse mission with mantra and vision is that many businesses use them together, and many others also redefine them to fit their context. So what a company does for customers is often called vision, despite the formal definition.

Remember, form follows function, in mission statements, as in all business writing. Make it work for your business. Or don’t do it at all. If you want to call it a vision, and that works for employees and customers, then do that.

Cut out general terms

As you edit, keep a sharp eye out for the buzzwords and hype that everybody claims. Cut as much as you can that doesn’t apply specifically to your business, except for the occasional special elements that—unique or not—can serve as long-term rules and reminders. Unique itself, the word, means literally, the only one in the world. Use it sparingly. Phrases such as “being the best possible,” “world-class,” and “great customer service” mean little because everybody uses them. Having great customer service is way harder than writing that into a mission statement.

Read other companies’ mission statements, but write a statement that is about you and not some other company. Make sure you actually believe in what you’re writing—your customers and your employees will soon spot a lie.

Then, listen. Show drafts to others, ask their opinions and really listen. Don’t argue, don’t convince them, just listen. And then edit again.

And, for the rest of your business’s life, review and revise it as needed. As with everything in a business plan, your mission statement should never get written in stone, and, much less, stashed in a drawer. Use it or lose it. Review and revise as necessary, because change is constant.

  • Great Mission Statements: 10 Examples

If you’re looking for some inspiration to get you started on your own mission statement, here are a few of my favorites.

1. Southwest Airlines

“The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit.”

What’s most interesting about Southwest’s mission statement is that they don’t mention anything about getting from point A to point B. Their mission is all about how they differentiate what, these days, can be seen as a commodity experience. They also focus on their own employees and the “spirit of the company”, not just the customer experience.

2. Urban Outfitters

“A lifestyle retailer dedicated to inspiring customers through a unique combination of product, creativity and cultural understanding. Founded in 1970 in a small space across the street from the University of Pennsylvania, Urban Outfitters now operates over 200 stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering experiential retail environments and a well-curated mix of women’s, men’s, accessories and home product assortments.”

Urban Outfitters focuses on the experience that they deliver and the focus on what they do. Their mission drives what their stores look like and what their goal is: to inspire. They also nod to their heritage of starting small and growing.

“At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) we believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived. We believe that it’s in the wild, untamed and natural places that we find our best selves, so our purpose is to awaken a lifelong love of the outdoors, for all.”

REI’s mission focuses mostly on what it wants to do for its customers, but hidden in the mission statement is a mission to preserve the environment as well. Their focus on “getting outside” is what creates a connection between them and their customers.

4. Starbucks

“To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

Starbucks expands on its mission statement by stating its core values. This is really an extension of the mission statement and explains how they focus on their customers, how they grow their company, and how they work with employees. You can read their values here .

5. Walgreens

“Walgreens’ mission is to be America’s most-loved pharmacy-led health, well-being, and beauty retailer. Its purpose is to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy.”

Walgreen’s mission really defines their goals: what they want to achieve and in what product categories they want to achieve it in. They also bring in their broader purpose when they talk about “everyone’s right to be happy and healthy.”

“Make work-life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.”

While Slack’s mission statement is short, it implies a lot. “Work” doesn’t just mean their customer’s work, it means their own work at their company. Their mission statement serves them both internally and externally.

7. The Coca Cola Company

“Refresh the world. Make a difference.”

Coca Cola takes a slightly different approach with a statement of purpose and then a vision statement. Their purpose is essentially their mission statement and says a lot for being so short. They want to refresh people in both body and spirit while making a positive impact on the world. Their vision also implies their goal of serving the entire world’s population which hits on their corporate and shareholder goals.

8. Patagonia

“We’re in business to save our home planet.”

Another short mission statement that says so much more than you would think at first glance. First and foremost, Patagonia doesn’t say that they are a non-profit – they state that they’re a business. And, this implies that they need to be a strong, healthy business to meet their goal of saving the planet. Their mission applies to their employees, their customers, their products, and their activism.

9. charity: water

“charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.”

charity: water’s mission statement is clear and to the point – it simply describes what it does and who it does it for. For most non-profit mission statements, this is enough.

 10. Asana

“Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling the world’s teams to work together effortlessly.”

Similar to other mission statements, Asana blends a message about what they do with a higher goal of enhancing the world outside of their company. Yet, they still hint at their target market and goals of being a world-wide company, thus improving the lives of their employees and shareholders.

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Mission statement examples: 16 of the best to inspire you

Mission statement examples 16 of the best to inspire you

  • 15 Jun 2021

More than just a planning exercise, a mission statement focuses your leadership team, inspires employees, and communicates your core values to the larger world.

All in a single sentence. Magic.

A mission statement is one of the most important documents in your company’s arsenal, but it’s also one of the most difficult to craft. We’ve gathered 16 of the best company mission statement examples to help get your creativity flowing.

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What is a mission statement?

A mission statement sums up the core of who your company is and why it exists. It’s  raison d’etre , if you want to get fancy and speak a little French.

Company mission statements are typically short and sweet, only a sentence or two. And the best mission statements are anything but boring.

When done right, your company’s mission statement acts as a powerful driver that informs every aspect of your organization, from daily operations, to customer loyalty, to employee satisfaction. When done wrong, a mission statement is just another line of jargon everyone pretty much ignores.

Take the Starbucks company mission statement as an example:  To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

Starbucks could have said:  To challenge the predominant infrastructure of coffee culture and develop a network of coffeehouses in every major market.

Did your eyes glaze over on that second one? Ours too. While technically true, our made-up example of a company mission statement is full of dreaded corporate-speak. It belongs deep in the bowels of a strategic plan, not as it’s headline.

On the other hand, the real Starbucks mission statement makes us want to be a part of it all. And even more than that, it conveys a sense of the beating heart behind the company.

The best mission statements do just this — clearly convey a company’s reason for existing, in language that is exceedingly human.

Mission statements vs. vision statements — what’s the diff?

It’s easy to confuse vision statements and mission statements. But there are a few important differences.

A vision statement is aspirational. It outlines where your company strives to be in the future — whether that is one year from now or ten. In contrast, a mission statement spells out where your company is right now.

Think of your company’s vision statement as a long-term goal post. The end point towards which you are working. If your vision statement is a goal post, then your mission statement is what drives you toward that goal post.

Why your company mission statement is important

You’ll probably write your company mission statement during your strategic planning because it’s a valuable tool that helps your leadership team make big-picture decisions. Chances are, you’ll even look at examples of other company mission statements to help you craft your own.

But the purpose of a mission statement goes far beyond strategic planning.

Consumers value mission-driven companies

It’s no secret that today’s consumer values a company with, well, values. These values don’t have to be centered around saving the world. But they do need to be clear, focused, and genuine.

A 2020 study  by global communications agency Zeno Group found that if consumers think a company has a strong purpose, they are:

  • 4 times  more likely to purchase from the company
  • 4.5 times  more likely to recommend the company to family and friends
  • 6 times  more likely to defend the company in the wake of public criticism

Think about this in terms of your personal life. The more you connect with a person, the more likely you are to invite them over for coffee, introduce them to your other friends, and come to their defense. The same is true for the companies we buy from.

We humans value connection and a shared sense of purpose. All things equal, your company’s mission statement can be a powerful differentiator.

Employees want a sense of purpose

Just as your company mission statement makes an impact on consumer sentiment, the same can be said about employee sentiment.

According to a recent Gallup poll  Gen Z and millennials (who make up nearly half of the full-time workforce in the US) value belonging to a company with a strong moral compass. They appreciate ethical leadership, and they want to know that their own work has a positive impact on the world at large.

The more effectively human resources and the rest of the leadership team communicates the company’s mission to rank and file employees, the better.

But it doesn’t stop there. It is equally important to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak. If your company mission places value on the environment, do you give your employees opportunities to act upon these values in their everyday work life?

The most effective company mission statements are clear and actionable, from the products a company makes all the way down to the food in the employee cafeteria.

How to write an effective mission statement without a lot of headache

Understanding mission statements is one thing. Actually sitting down to write your company’s own mission statement is quite another.

But if you take the time to do it right, the process is a really useful exercise. Think of this as a chance to clarify and fine tune your purpose so you can point the company in the right direction for years to come.

Brainstorming your company mission statement

To get started, gather your leadership team and brainstorm answers to these four questions. If you are the solo founder of a fledgling company, gather key stakeholders or a handful of your professional mentors instead.

Aim for a short paragraph on each question.

  • Why does our company exist?
  • What value do our products or services bring to consumers?
  • What core beliefs guide our work?
  • What makes our company different, better, or more inspiring than our competitors?

After you brainstorm answers to these questions, review your answers and highlight the concepts that are central to your company. You might also pick a few company mission statement examples from businesses you admire and use those to help guide you.

If this brainstorming discussion took place with a group of people, now’s the time to send one or two individuals off to winnow the answers down to a couple of sentences.

Task this pair with writing several drafts of a mission statement, so the final decision makers have choices to work with.

This group process might seem cumbersome, but remember, your company mission statement is a core document. It should reflect the thought processes of as many stakeholders as possible.

Finalizing your work

After you land on a mission statement, do one final check to make sure it meets these criteria:

Plausibility:  Your mission statement is big-picture, but it should ultimately tie back to your everyday business operations. At least in a broad sense.

Readability:  No corporate speak or jargon. Avoid unnecessarily big words or complex sentences. Keep it simple.

  • Voice:  Now isn’t the time to be dry and boring. Use language that’s active and compelling. Your mission statement should reflect the unique voice and culture of your company.

Pro-tip:  Give your mission statement more reach by creating both a text and video version. The video can be simple, just an eye-catching background, animated text, and a soundtrack.

Include your mission statement video as part of hiring announcements or other  HR video communications . Or send it over to your marketing team to use as a Facebook cover, website content, and more.

Company mission statement examples: 16 of the best

How do other leading companies tackle their mission statements? We searched far and wide for the best company mission statement examples.

Starbucks Mission Statement Example

1. Starbucks: Inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

The Seattle-based coffee giant originated in 1971 and has since become ubiquitous around the world.

Starbucks mission statement :   Inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

Why it works:  We touched on the Starbucks mission statement earlier, but we’ll elaborate more here. We included this example of the Starbucks company mission statement because it works well for two reasons: it’s ambitious without being overreaching, and it uses down-to-earth language.

Inspiring and nurturing the human spirit isn’t directly related to coffee. But considering the role the company played in reviving coffee house culture in the US, the human spirit and a sense of community doesn’t seem like too big of a stretch. The second part of the statement is exceedingly tangible. It paints a small-scale picture of the company and its work.

The Honest Co - Mission Statement Example

2. Honest Company: Meaningful transparency and thoughtful design. We’re on a mission to change the world, one product at a time.

Honest Company made headlines when it went public in mid-2021, with founder Jessica Alba as the youngest-ever Latina to list a company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Honest Company mission statement :   Meaningful transparency and thoughtful design. We’re on a mission to change the world, one product at a time.

Why it works:  As a company committed to creating “clean” baby products, a mission of meaningful transparency and thoughtful design is two-fold. It’s a necessary part of their business practices, and it also speaks to consumers looking for a higher standard in their products.

Being on a “mission to change the world” might be a bit of a stretch. But considering the  baby products market  is projected to be worth $88.72 billion US dollars worldwide by 2026, maybe it isn’t such a huge stretch after all.

Patagonia - Mission Statement Example

3. Patagonia: We’re in business to save our home planet

The outdoor apparel and equipment company is known for its social and environmental activism.

Patagonia mission statement :   We’re in business to save our home planet.

Why it works:  Patagonia is often used as a good company mission statement example, and for a reason. Although it’s wildly lofty, the company really does put their money where their mouth is.

Patagonia originally began as a scrappy company specializing in steel pitons for rock climbing. But when the founders realized their gear damaged the rock face they so loved, they pivoted to low-impact aluminum chocks.

From the moment Patagonia pivoted to aluminum chocks, it became an environment-first company with far-reaching efforts built into every aspect of their business practices.

Microsoft - Mission Statement Example

4. Microsoft: To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more

The software giant is currently valued at  approaching $2 trillion .

Microsoft mission statement :   To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Why it works:  Notice, Microsoft’s company mission statement makes no mention of software, or PCs, or technology at any level.

This isn’t to say the company is focused on something other than tech. But by concentrating on the “why” not the “what” of the business, this mission statement example remains flexible and agile. No matter where the market moves, Microsoft aims to increase productivity with it’s products.

Square - Mission Statement Example

5. Square: Everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy.

Square’s point-of-sale and online payment platforms came out on top during the pandemic. But even before that time, the company was a leader in POS products.

Square mission statement :   Everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy.

Why it works:  The company’s extended mission statement goes on to say: No one should be left out of the economy because the cost is too great or the technology too complex.

Similar to Microsoft’s mission statement, Square leaves room for agility here. It aims to produce simple, low-cost payment products, regardless of where the market takes it. We also appreciate Square’s focus on who the company serves and why.

Pinterest - Mission Statement Example

6. Pinterest: Bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love.

Ah, Pinterest. Inspiration central for crafters everywhere, but also a valuable tool for businesses looking for new marketing platforms.

Pinterest mission statement :   Bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love.

Why it works:  More than the words it uses, we appreciate how Pinterest discusses the ways its mission evolved along with the company.

According to Pinterest, the platform was originally conceived as “a tool to help people collect the things they were passionate about online.” It quickly became clear that people most enjoy using the site to get inspiration from others. And with this, Pinterest’s current mission was born.

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7. Target: Help all families discover the joy of everyday life

Fun fact: According to Target’s website, 75% of the US population lives within 10 miles of a store. And why not? Everyone loves a trip to good old Target.

Target mission statement :   Help all families discover the joy of everyday life.

Why it works:  This company mission statement example is equal parts broad and super-specific, depending on how you look at it.

It speaks to Target’s affordable products, geared toward everyday people. But this mission statement can also easily extend to the company’s focus on community giving, corporate responsibility, and creating a positive employee experience.

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8. Southwest Airlines: Connect people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel

The smallest of the “big four” US airlines, Southwest is known for its friendly crew and affordable ticket prices.

Southwest Airlines mission statement :   Connect people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel.

Why it works:  Maybe you can chalk it up to the company’s southern roots, but Southwest consistently ranks high for customer service. Its mission of connecting people to what’s important in their lives touches on this value.

Southwest sees itself as doing more than just moving people from point A to point B.

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9. Spotify: To unlock the potential of human creativity — by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it

The Swedish audio streaming platform currently has 356 million users across 178 markets.

Spotify mission statement :   To unlock the potential of human creativity — by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.

Why it works:  We included this example because, technically speaking, this is a mission statement and a vision statement combined into one.

When you write your mission statement, it’s important not to confuse the two. But for marketing purposes, wrapping a mission statement and a vision statement up into one shiny package sometimes works very well.

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10. Google: Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful

This one needs no introduction. After all, to Google is officially listed in Merriam-Webster as a transitive verb. If that isn’t a sign of a powerful company, we don’t know what is.

Google mission statement :   Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Why it works:  Google’s effectiveness is centered around its algorithms. At its heart, an algorithm is a system for organizing information. So Google pretty much nailed it here.

We also appreciate the focus on making information “universally accessible and useful.” Google is arguably the most powerful search engine in the world, yet it’s simple enough for anyone to use. Universally accessible and useful sums that up nicely.

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11. Nike: Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. If you have a body, you are an athlete

The Oregon-based footwear, apparel, and sports equipment company was founded in 1964 and is now synonymous with athletics.

Nike mission statement :   Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. If you have a body, you are an athlete.

Why it works:  We admit, we like the asterisk more than we like the actual mission statement. Nike outfits some of the biggest names in professional sports, but its mission specifies “if you have a body, you are an athlete.” The word “inclusion” doesn’t appear in the company’s mission statement, but it says it — and then some — in so many words.

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12. CVS: Helping people on their path to better health

Founded as a drugstore in 1963 by brothers Stanley and Sidney Goldstein and partner Ralph Hoagland, CVS bills itself as a “health care innovation company that is reinventing pharmacy.”

CVS mission statement :   Helping people on their path to better health.

Why it works:  This isn’t one of the most inventive examples of a company mission statement, and it also seems somewhat obvious for a drugstore. But CVS embodies its mission in some pretty bold ways. In 2014, it became the  first national pharmacy in the US  to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products.

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13. Harley Davidson: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul

Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee in 1903, and it remains one of the most popular motorcycle brands.

Harley Davidson mission statement :   More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul.

Why it works:  Harley-Davidson is known not only for its iconic design and distinctive engine sound, but also for the unique subculture of Harley riders.

Although Harley enthusiasts might balk at the idea, the company is as much a lifestyle brand as it is a motorcycle manufacturer. And that lifestyle delivers just what is promised in the company’s mission statement: adventure and freedom. And a whole lot of leather.

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14. Dove: Help women everywhere develop a positive relationship with the way they look, helping them raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential

What started as a single product — the Dove Beauty Bar — grew into a major line of personal care products used by women around the world.

Dove mission statement :   Help women everywhere develop a positive relationship with the way they look, helping them raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential.

Why it works:  The company’s mission statement combines seamlessly with their vision statement, which says, “We believe beauty should be a source of confidence, and not anxiety.”

Dove delivers on this promise with its far-reaching body positivity campaigns, research initiatives, and self-esteem projects.

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15. Livestrong: Which everyday cancer problem will we fix today?

Livestrong is a nonprofit organization that supports people living with or affected by cancer.

Livestrong mission statement :   Which everyday cancer problem will we fix today?

Why it works:  Because selling products and services to consumers isn’t part of the equation, nonprofit mission statements differ from those of their for-profit counterparts. But we included Livestrong here, because it has such a unique mission statement.

Very few mission statements are in the form of a question. This was very intentional on the part of Livestrong. As the company puts it on their mission page, “We have a Mission Question, not a Mission Statement, because we believe that we can only achieve the best solutions through asking the right questions.”

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16. TED: Spread ideas.

The media company solicits keynote-style talks from some of the best minds and makes these available, for free, via video and through their podcast,

Ted mission statement :   Spread ideas.

Why it works:  This is another company mission statement example that makes the rounds on the best-of lists. You can almost imagine the lengthy thought process that transpired as TED execs winnowed their mission statement down to just two words. Two words! But that’s all they need.

This mission statement doesn’t say they are “creating opportunities for…” or “gathering the brightest minds to…” They do all of these things as well. But at the very core of the organization, their mission is to spread ideas.

In those two words, they say it all.

FAQs about company mission statements

These company mission statement examples are just a sample of what’s possible when a company really takes the time to craft a thoughtful mission statement. To help you write yours, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about mission statements.

What should a company mission statement include?

A company mission statement should include one or two strong, well-written sentences that talk about why a company exists, the value it brings to its customers, the core beliefs that drive its work, and what sets it apart from other companies doing similar work.

What are the 3 parts of a mission statement?

The three parts of a mission statement are:

  • Mission and purpose:  the main reason a company exists. Its purpose in a broad sense.
  • Values:  the core values that drive everyday decisions and behavior in the company.
  • Goals:  what the company hopes to achieve by sticking close to its mission and values.

What is a strong mission statement?

A strong mission statement is short and actionable. The strongest company mission statements are written in accessible language (no corporate speak) that reflects a company’s unique culture and voice. A good mission statement is lofty, but also ties back to a company’s everyday business practices.

What is Coca Cola’s mission statement?

Coca Cola’s mission statement is  “to refresh the world in mind, body, and spirit, to inspire moments of optimism and happiness through our brands and actions, and to create value and make a difference.”

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Some skeptics are eager to criticize mission statements. They see them as generic and platitudinous , another startup box that founders need to check.

 Turns out, though, a mission statement’s success depends on how it’s written.

What Is a Mission Statement?

In his influential 1998 research article , consultant and business professor Chris Bart found “a significant and positive correlation” between organizational performance and mission statements when managers were satisfied with those statements . He also found a correlation between performance and the process used to develop statements. Simply having a mission statement was a non-factor, but one created with real buy-in delivered the goods.

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Mission Statement Examples

Later, we’ll tease out what exactly makes a mission statement effective and explore tips for writing one. But first, here are some examples to fuel your inspiration.

  • Apple: “To bring the best user experience to customers through innovative hardware, software and services.”
  • Procter & Gamble: “To provide branded products and services of superior quality and value that improve the lives of the world’s consumers, now and for generations to come.”
  • Reddit: “To bring community and belonging to everyone in the world.”
  • Nike: “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

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Mission statement: “Our mission is to rebuild the infrastructure of the travel industry in order to bring freedom, simplicity, and trust to travelers everywhere. We are bringing change to an industry that has been held back by outdated technology and complicated financial incentives that solve for the needs of middlemen instead of providing the best experience to users. Travel matters when communication is essential to building trust, commitment, and a shared sense of purpose. In essence, business travel is a necessity any time success depends on the strength of human connections.”

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Mission statement :  “PatientPoint is on a mission to make every doctor-patient engagement better, and that goal is at the core of everything we do. We are the patient engagement platform for every point of care. Our digital solutions impact 750 million patient visits every year, helping drive better health outcomes that enable people to live longer, healthier lives.”

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Mission Statement:  “At Trupanion , we’re on a mission to help loving, responsible pet owners budget and care for their pets.”

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Mission Statement :  “We’re on a mission to simplify the complexities of payments to help you grow.”

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Mission Statement : “Our mission is to bring the best user experience to customers through innovative hardware, software and services.”

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Mission Statement : “To help humanity thrive by enabling the world's teams to work together effortlessly.”

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Mission Statement : “To be the most trusted and convenient destination for pet parents (and partners), everywhere.”

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Mission Statement : “Our mission is to increase economic freedom in the world. Everyone deserves access to financial services that can help empower them to create a better life for themselves and their families. If the world economy ran on a common set of standards that could not be manipulated by any company or country, the world would be a more fair and free place, and human progress would accelerate.”

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Mission Statement : “DoorDash is a technology company that connects people with the best of their neighborhoods across the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Germany. We enable local businesses to meet consumers’ needs of ease and convenience, and, in turn, generate new ways for people to earn, work, and live. By building the last-mile logistics infrastructure for local commerce, we’re fulfilling our mission to grow and empower local economies.”

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Mission Statement : “Our mission is to design a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox helps people be organized, stay focused and get in sync with their teams.”

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Bright Horizons

Mission Statement :  “Dedicated to the highest quality education and care; making a lasting difference, one child, one student, one teacher, one family, and one employer at a time.”

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EFFECT Photonics

Mission Statement : “To interconnect humanity through fast, affordable, sustainable, and effective communication technologies.”

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Mission Statement:  “Our mission is to build the most popular car subscription platform. Our aim is to help anyone who loves driving a car of their own but fears the struggle, commitment, and intransparent costs associated with ownership to get behind the wheel.”

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Mission Statement : “The Fivetran mission is to make access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. The invention of the lightbulb spawned generations to change the world through electricity, creating millions of new products, devices and services. We’re empowering future ‘Thomas Edison’s’ to transform the way the world makes decisions through our always-on access to accurate data. This helps drive better data-driven decisions in pursuits like discovering new drugs, serving humanity in ways big and small (think: banking the underbanked, keeping hospital records up to date, and more!), and enabling social good organizations to do what they do best by improving lives everywhere.”

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Mission Statement : “It is GitLab’s mission to make it so that everyone can contribute. When everyone can contribute, users become contributors and we greatly increase the rate of innovation.”

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Intel Corporation

Mission Statement : “We create world-changing technology that improves the life of every person on the planet.”

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Mission Statement : “Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

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Mission Statement : “Our mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An Internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.”

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NBCUniversal

Mission Statement : “To be the premier content provider for television and digital platforms, spanning all television.”

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Mission Statement : “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

*If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

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The Pokémon Company International

Mission Statement : “At Pokémon, our mission is to become an entertainment leader and bring the fun of Pokémon to people around the world!”

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Procter & Gamble

Mission Statement : “We will provide branded products and services of superior quality and value that improve the lives of the world’s consumers, now and for generations to come. As a result, consumers will reward us with leadership sales, profit and value creation, allowing our people, our shareholders and the communities in which we live and work to prosper.”

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Mission Statement : “Our mission is to bring community and belonging to everyone in the world.”

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Mission Statement : “We help people achieve independence by making it easier to start, run, and grow a business. We believe the future of commerce has more voices, not fewer, so we’re reducing the barriers to business ownership to make commerce better for everyone.”

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Mission Statement : “At Smartsheet, our mission is to empower anyone to drive meaningful change — for themselves, their businesses and even for the world.”

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Warby Parker

Mission Statement : “To inspire and impact the world with vision, purpose, and style.”

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Mission Statement : “We’re empowering everyone to create for the web — and leading impactful, fulfilling lives while we do it.”

How to Write a Mission Statement

When it comes time to draft your company’s mission statement, consider the following:

Tips for Writing a Mission Statement

  • Make it simple, aspirational and memorable.
  • Direct it toward stakeholders, but don’t prioritize shareholders.
  • Keep employees — current and future — top of mind.
  • Avoid saying you’re “the best.”
  • Leave room for the mission to evolve.

Make it Simple, Aspirational and Memorable

A successful mission statement has three important traits, according to Jeffrey Abrahams, author of 101 Mission Statements From Top Companies . They are simplicity, aspiration and memorability.

There’s no magic word count, but experts agree that concision is best. Abrahams recommends aiming for a single-sentence statement. “That has greater impact and can be communicated easily, both within the company and to the target audience,” he said.

Bart, meanwhile, recommends capping at around 70 words. And Inés Alegre, a professor at the business school of the University of Navarra who led a 2018 review of mission-statement research, told Built In that three sentences or so is appropriate.

Your precise mileage may vary, but the “KISS” recommendation put forward by Bart in his 1998 paper still seems appropriate: Keep it simple and straightforward.

It’s common to find an organization’s mission statement posted on an “About” page, but it doesn’t have to be merely descriptive; incorporate some ambition, Abrahams suggested. He invoked Microsoft’s statement: “Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

Memorability

Action verbs, wariness of jargon and bizspeak — these are a CEO’s allies when drafting a statement. It should be organization-specific, too. 

“If the mission statement could be used by a number of companies, especially competitors, it’s not going to be either memorable or serve the company very well,” said Abrahams. “You want it to be distinctive.”

Direct It Toward Stakeholders

“Missions describe why an organization exists, but in particular, they should describe the relationships that the organization wants to have with the stakeholders upon whom it depends for survival, growth and sustainability,” Bart said.

According to him, an effective mission statement should at least speak to two audiences: customers and employees. He cited Southwest Airlines as an illustrative example:

“The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride and company spirit.   To our employees: We are committed to provide our employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, employees will be provided the same concern, respect and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest customer.”

In addition to customers and employees, a strong statement will also often address shareholders and the community at large, Bart said. Here’s one he helped draft for a casino resort that directly targets all four groups:

“Our mission is to provide every guest with a ‘blow away experience’ that is inspired by a celebration of the sea and the myth of a lost civilization. We accomplish this by bringing the myth of Atlantis to life by offering warm, positive, engaging service.   At Atlantis, we are a team of individuals who are passionate and committed in everything that we do. We continuously strive for perfection. We are proud to work at Atlantis because we are a caring and learning organization, which rewards accomplishment and promotes teamwork, respect and innovation.   At Atlantis, we are the pride of our community while providing enduring value for our shareholders. When Atlantis succeeds, we succeed as individuals, and we contribute to the success of the Bahamas.”

… But Avoid Prioritizing Shareholders

It may be more obvious today — after the rise of sustainable investing , office-perk culture that caters to employee happiness and the fact that we’re in the midst of a job seekers’ market — but the thrust of the mission can’t simply be shareholder yield.

Statements that center the returns of the investor class will align approximately zero employees to an organization’s mission. “Shareholder value was the typical mission in the nineties — not anymore,” said Alegre.

One possible symptom of such misalignment? Jargon creep. “When buzzwords and platitudes happen, they usually happen when the focus of the company moves from customer to shareholder,” wrote entrepreneur and Built In expert contributor Joe Procopio.

Read Next 3 Reasons to Prioritize Mission Over Profit in Tech

Resist the Superlatives

As mentioned, mission statements should have an air of the aspirational. But, especially in this era of superlative fatigue , beware of “the biggest,” “the boldest” and “the best.” They’ll inspire more shrugs than hearts, especially when unsupported.

“When a company says its mission statement is to be the best [category here] company in the world — the best steel company in the world or the best clothing company in the world, it’s too general,” said Abrahams. “It needs to be backed up by strongly worded core values, a vision, and guiding principles and beliefs.”

Think of It as a Management Tool

Even though mission statements address multiple audiences, they shouldn’t pretend to think each audience is listening with equal attention.

“There’s a question of prioritization of stakeholders — is it the clients, employees, suppliers, investors? You probably cannot satisfy all at the same level,” said Alegre.

That begs a question: Should companies think of mission statements more as an internal compass for culture and strategy, or an external branding — or even recruiting — element? That is, are they management or marketing? 

“My answer is yes,” said Abrahams. 

Ideally, it can serve as both, experts told Built In, but it should be considered first and foremost a management tool. (Indeed, most research on the topic is published in management, not marketing, journals.) “My impression is that it’s much more useful as an internal alignment tool than external branding,” said Alegre.

Think of the statement primarily as something for employees, Bart said, a true north against which the workforce can always orient itself.

Reinforce the Mission Statement in All Your Communications

Once the statement is finalized, think of it as a muscle: Exercise it often to prevent it from losing definition. Reference the mission during onboardings, training, team meetings, board reviews of key projects and wherever else reinforcement makes sense. Post it on your website, of course, but also your wall. “I work in a business school where the first thing you see after the entrance is the mission,” Alegre said.

Mission statements are especially important during times of uncertainty, such as early in an organization’s life or during growth pushes, Alegre said. Still, lean on them in times of greater stability, too. That provides room for the mission to organically evolve.

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Published: May 11, 2023

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Think about the brands you purchase from over and over. Why do you choose to buy products and or services from them even when cheaper options exist?

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Well, there's a good reason for it — because of their values which are expressed in their mission statement. As consumers, we like to patronize businesses that have values we believe in.

Still, Loyalty doesn’t happen overnight. Building brand loyalty , like creating mission and vision statements, takes time. If you’re in a bit of a time crunch, use this table of contents to find precisely what you’re looking for to inspire the development of your company’s mission:

What is a mission statement?

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A mission statement is a simple statement about the goals, values, and objectives of an organization. It helps a company respond to change and make decisions that align with its vision.

This brief description helps customers, employees, and leadership understand the organization's top priorities.

As a company grows, it may reach its early goals, and they'll change. So, it's important to revise mission statements as needed to reflect the business's new culture as it achieves its goals and develops new targets.

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What makes a good mission statement?

The best brands combine physical, emotional, and logical elements into one exceptional customer (and employee) experience that you value as much as they do. A good mission statement will not only explain your brand’s purpose, but will also foster a connection with customers.

When your brand creates a genuine connection with customers and employees, they'll stay loyal to your company, thereby increasing your overall profitability.

Mission statements also help you stand out in the marketplace, differentiating your brand from the competition.

What are the 3 parts of a mission statement?

Your mission statement should clearly express what your brand does, how it does it, and why the brand does it. You can quickly sum this up in your mission statement by providing the following:

  • Brand Purpose: What does your product or service do, or aim to offer and for whom?
  • Brand Values: What does your company stand for? For example, are you environmentally conscious and provide a more sustainable solution to solve a problem? Values are what make your company unique.
  • Brand Goals: What does your company accomplish for customers? Why should they purchase from you instead of other competitors?

With these three components, you can create a mission that is unique to your brand and resonates with potential customers. Next, we’ll guide you step by step on how to write a proper mission statement to build on as your company evolves.

How to Write a Mission Statement

  • Explain your company’s product or service offering.
  • Identify the company’s core values.
  • Connect how your company's offering aligns with your values.
  • Condense these statements into one.
  • Make sure it’s clear, concise, and free of fluff.

1. Explain your company’s product or service offering.

You want prospects to understand what your company does in a literal sense. This means explaining your offering in basic, clear terms. Your explanation should answer the most basic questions like:

  • Are you selling a product or service?
  • Why would customers buy it?
  • How does your offering solve for the customer?

Record your answers and focus on how your product or service brings value to your buyer personas , otherwise known as your target audience.

2. Identify the company’s core values.

Now, this is where you can start thinking bigger. You didn’t just make a product or service at random. Instead, you’re most likely motivated by a set of core values .

Core values are deeply ingrained principles that guide a company’s actions. Take HubSpot’s culture code, HEART , for example:

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These are principles that not only company employees respect, but are principles that our customers appreciate as well. By identifying core values that hold meaning on personal and organizational levels, you’ll have an appealing set to add to your mission statement.

3. Connect how your company's offering aligns with your values.

So how can your company offering serve your core values? You need to draw a connection between the two in a way that makes sense to the public.

For example, if one of your core values centers on innovation, you want to frame your product or service as pushing boundaries and explaining how it helps customers innovate their lives or business practices. Essentially, you’re taking the literal benefit of the offering and expanding it to serve a higher purpose.

4. Condense these statements into one.

A mission statement can be as short as a single sentence, or as long as a paragraph, but it’s meant to be a short summary of your company’s purpose. You need to state the what, who, and why of your company:

  • What: The company offering
  • Who: Who you’re selling to
  • Why: The core values you do it for

Once you have successfully conveyed your message, it’s time to refine and perfect your statement.

5. Make sure it’s clear, concise, and free of fluff.

Above all, your mission statement is a marketing asset that is meant to be clear, concise, and free of fluff. It should clearly outline the purpose of your company offering and show the common goals the company is working to achieve. You should also have other team members or advisors read the mission statement and make adjustments if needed according to their recommendations.

Vision Statement

A vision statement is aspirational and expresses your brand’s plan or “vision” for the future and potential impact on the world. They often serve as a guide for a brand’s future goals and explain why customers and employees should stick around for the long haul.

What makes a good vision statement?

A good vision statement should be bold and ambitious. They’re meant to be inspirational, big-picture declarations of what your company strives to be in the future. They give customers a peek into your company’s trajectory and build customer loyalty by allowing them to align their support with your vision because they believe in the future of your brand as well.

What are the 3 parts of a vision statement?

Your company vision is meant to be inspirational while also aligning with the company’s mission. A vision statement should have the following characteristics:

  • Aspirational and Ambitious: Have a lofty outlook for what you want your business to accomplish? Here’s the place to put it. Your vision statement should be aspirational and showcase how your business will grow in the future.
  • Practical and Achievable: While your statement should be ambitious, it shouldn’t be impossible. Set a goal that is both challenging and practical.
  • General: Your vision should be broad enough to encompass all of your brand’s overall goals. Think of it as umbrella for your mission statement and company objectives to nest under.

Both mission and vision statements are often combined into one comprehensive "mission statement" to define the organization's reason for existing and its outlook for internal and external audiences — like employees, partners, board members, consumers, and shareholders.

The difference between mission and vision statements lies in the purpose they serve.

Mission Statement vs. Vision Statement

A mission statement clarifies what the company wants to achieve, who they want to support, and why they want to support them. On the other hand, a vision statement describes where the company wants a community, or the world, to be as a result of the company's services. Thus, a mission statement is a roadmap for the company's vision statement.

A mission statement is a literal quote stating what a brand or company is setting out to do. This lets the public know the product and service it offers, who it makes it for, and why it’s doing it. A vision statement is a brand looking toward the future and saying what it hopes to achieve through its mission statement. This is more conceptual, as it’s a glimpse into what the brand can become in the eyes of the consumer and the value it will bring in longevity.

In summary, the main differences between a mission statement and a vision statement are:

  • Mission statements describe the current purpose a company serves. The company's function, target audience, and key offerings are elements that are often mentioned in a mission statement.
  • Vision statements are a look into a company’s future or what its overarching vision is. The same elements from the mission statement can be included in a vision statement, but they'll be described in the future tense.

Now that we know what they are, let’s dive into some useful examples of each across different industries.

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  • Life Is Good: To spread the power of optimism.
  • sweetgreen: Building healthier communities by connecting people to real food.
  • Patagonia: Build the best product, Cause no unnecessary harm, Use business to protect nature, Not bound by convention.
  • American Express: Become essential to our customers by providing differentiated products and services to help them achieve their aspirations.
  • Warby Parker: To inspire and impact the world with vision, purpose, and style.
  • InvisionApp: Transform the way people work together by helping them collaborate better. Faster. On everything. From anywhere.
  • Honest Tea: To create and promote great-tasting, healthy, organic beverages.
  • IKEA: To offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them
  • Nordstrom: Offering customers the very best service, selection, quality, and value.
  • Cradles to Crayons: Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play.
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.: To provide superior quality healthcare services that: PATIENTS recommend to family and friends, PHYSICIANS prefer for their patients, PURCHASERS select for their clients, EMPLOYEES are proud of, and INVESTORS seek for long-term returns.
  • JetBlue: To inspire humanity – both in the air and on the ground.
  • Workday: Our core values guide everything we do — Employees, Customer Service, Innovation, Integrity, Fun, Profitability.
  • Lowe's: Together, deliver the right home improvement products, with the best service and value, across every channel and community we serve.
  • Tesla: Accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy.
  • Invisible Children: Partners with local peacebuilders across central Africa to end violent conflict through locally-led solutions.
  • TED: Spread ideas, foster community and create impact.
  • Microsoft: To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
  • Disney: To entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling.
  • Meta: Giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
  • Vista Equity Partners: By providing technology expertise, operational guidance and capital for sustainable growth, we empower organizations across all industries to stay ahead in the digital economy.
  • Dunkin': Everything we do is about you. We strive to keep you at your best, and we remain loyal to you, your tastes and your time. That’s what America runs on.

1. Life Is Good : To spread the power of optimism.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Life is Good

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The Life is Good brand is about more than spreading optimism — although, with uplifting T-shirt slogans like "Seas The Day" and "Forecast: Mostly Sunny," it's hard not to crack a smile.

There are tons of T-shirt companies in the world, but Life is Good's mission sets itself apart with a mission statement that goes beyond fun clothing: to spread the power of optimism.

This mission is perhaps a little unexpected if you're not familiar with the company's public charity: How will a T-shirt company help spread optimism? Life is Good answers that question below the fold, where the mission is explained in more detail using a video and with links to the company’s community and the Life is Good Playmaker Project page . We really like how lofty yet specific this mission statement is — it's a hard-to-balance combination.

2. sweetgreen : Building healthier communities by connecting people to real food.

Best Missions Statement Examples: sweetgreen's

Notice that sweetgreen's mission is positioned to align with your values — not just written as something the brand believes. We love the inclusive language used in its statement.

The language lets us know the company is all about connecting its growing network of farmers growing healthy, local ingredients with us — the customer — because we're the ones who want more locally grown, healthy food options.

The mission to connect people is what makes this statement so strong. And, that promise has gone beyond sweetgreen's website and walls of its food shops: The team has made strides in the communities where it's opened stores as well. Primarily, it offers education to young kids on healthy eating, fitness, sustainability, and where food comes from.

3. Patagonia : Build the best product, Cause no unnecessary harm, Use business to protect nature, Not bound by convention.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Patagonia

Patagonia's mission statement spotlights the company’s commitment to help the environment and save the earth. The people behind the brand believe that among the most direct ways to limit ecological impacts is with goods that last for generations or can be recycled so the materials in them stay in use.

In the name of this cause, the company donates time, services, and at least 1% of its sales to hundreds of environmental groups worldwide.

If your company has a similar focus on growing your business and giving back, think about talking about both the benefit you bring to customers and the value you want to bring to a greater cause in your mission statement.

4. American Express : Become essential to our customers by providing differentiated products and services to help them achieve their aspirations.

Best Missions Statement Examples: American Express

Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.

— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek)

The tweet above is from Simon Sinek , and it's one that we repeat here at HubSpot all the time. American Express sets itself apart from other credit card companies in its list of values, with an ode to excellent customer service, which is something it’s famous for.

We especially love the emphasis on teamwork and supporting employees so that the people inside the organization can be in the best position to support their customers.

5. Warby Parker : To inspire and impact the world with vision, purpose, and style.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Warby Parker

In one sentence, the brand takes us to the root of why it was founded while also revealing its vision for a better future.

The longer-form version of the mission reads: "We're constantly asking ourselves how we can do more and make a greater impact—and that starts by reimagining everything that a company and industry can be. We want to demonstrate that a business can scale, be profitable, and do good in the world—without charging a premium for it. And we've learned that it takes creativity, empathy, and innovation to achieve that goal." This further shows how Warby Parker doesn't hold back on letting its unique personality shine through. Here, the mission statement's success all comes down to spot-on word choice.

6. InvisionApp : Transform the way people work together by helping them collaborate better. Faster. On everything. From anywhere.

Company mission statement examples: InvisionApp

We love the way this statement is emphasized by bringing it back to InVision’s customers — top brands like Google, Zillow, and Slack — and linking to those stories. This mission statement is brief, authentic, and business babble-free — which makes the folks at InvisionApp seem trustworthy and genuine.

7. Honest Tea : To create and promote great-tasting, healthy, organic beverages.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Honest Tea's

Honest Tea's mission statement begins with a simple punch line connoting its tea is real, pure, and therefore not full of artificial chemicals. The brand is speaking to an audience that's tired of finding ingredients in its tea that can't be pronounced and has been searching for a tea that's exactly what it says it is.

Not only does Honest Tea have a punny name, but it also centers its mission around the name. For some time, the company even published a Mission Report each year in an effort to be "transparent about our business practices and live up to our mission to seek to create and promote great-tasting, healthier, organic beverages."

8. IKEA : To offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them

The folks at IKEA dream big. The vision-based mission statement could have been one of beautiful, affordable furniture, but instead, it's to make everyday life better for its customers. It's a partnership: IKEA finds deals all over the world and buys in bulk, then we choose the furniture and pick it up at a self-service warehouse.

"Our business idea supports this vision ... so [that] as many people as possible will be able to afford them," the brand states .

Using words like "as many people as possible" makes a huge company like IKEA much more accessible and appealing to customers.

9. Nordstrom : Offering customers the very best service, selection, quality, and value.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Nordstrom

When it comes to customer commitment, few companies are as hyper-focused as Nordstrom is. Although clothing selection, quality, and value all have a place in the company's mission statement, it’s clear that it’s all about the customer: "Nordstrom works relentlessly to give customers the most compelling shopping experience possible."

If you've ever shopped at a Nordstrom, you'll know the brand will uphold the high standard for customer service mentioned in its mission statement, as associates are always roaming the sales floors, asking customers whether they've been helped, and doing everything they can to make the shopping experience a memorable one.

10. Cradles to Crayons : Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons divided its mission and model into three sections that read like a game plan: The Need, The Mission, and The Model. The "rule of three" is a powerful rhetorical device called a tricolon that's usually used in speechwriting to help make an idea more memorable. A tricolon is a series of three parallel elements of roughly the same length — think "I came; I saw; I conquered."

11. Universal Health Services, Inc. : To provide superior quality healthcare services that: PATIENTS recommend to family and friends, PHYSICIANS prefer for their patients, PURCHASERS select for their clients, EMPLOYEES are proud of, and INVESTORS seek for long-term returns.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Universal Health Services

A company thrives when it pleases its customers, its employees, its partners, and its investors — and Universal Health Services endeavors to do just that, according to its mission statement. As a healthcare service, it specifically strives to please its patients, physicians, purchasers, employees, and investors. We love the emphasis on each facet of the organization by capitalizing the font and making it red for easy skimming.

12. JetBlue : To inspire humanity – both in the air and on the ground.

Best Missions Statement Examples: JetBlue

JetBlue's committed to its founding mission through lovable marketing, charitable partnerships, and influential programs — and we love the approachable language used to describe these endeavors. For example, the brand writes how it "set out in 2000 to bring humanity back to the skies."

For those of us who want to learn more about any of its specific efforts, JetBlue offers details on the Soar With Reading program, its partnership with KaBOOM!, the JetBlue Foundation, environmental and social reporting, and so on. It breaks down all these initiatives really well with big headers, bullet points, pictures, and links to other web pages visitors can click to learn more. JetBlue also encourages visitors to volunteer or donate their TrueBlue points.

13. Workday : Our core values guide everything we do — Employees, Customer Service, Innovation, Integrity, Fun, Profitability.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Workday

Workday, a human resources (HR) task automation service, doesn't use its mission statement to highlight the features of its product or how it intends to help HR professionals improve in such-and-such a way.

Instead, the business takes a stance on values. There's a lot of great tech out there. But at Workday, it revolves around the people. We love how confident yet kind this mission statement is. It observes the state of its industry — which Workday believes lacks a human touch — and builds company values around it.

14. Lowe's : Together, deliver the right home improvement products, with the best service and value, across every channel and community we serve.

Sometimes the best way to communicate is direct. Lowe's mission statement hones in on the who, how, what, and why behind this powerful home improvement brand.

It's also a great lesson in how the words and phrases you choose show your audience the force behind your mission. This mission statement begins with the word "together." So, no matter what location, products, or channel, the top priority of its mission is that it happens as a team.

That focus on togetherness also creates a foundation for the volunteer, scholarship, and charitable work that this organization does.

15. Tesla : Accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Tesla

A car company's punny use of the word "accelerating" is just one reason this mission statement sticks out. But Tesla makes this list because of how its mission statement describes the industry.

It may be a car company, but Tesla's primary interest isn't just automobiles — it's promoting sustainable energy. And, sustainable energy still has a "long road" ahead of it (pun intended) — hence the world's "transition" into this market.

Ultimately, a mission statement that can admit to the industry's immaturity is exactly what gets customers to root for it — and Tesla does that nicely.

16. Invisible Children : Partners with local peacebuilders across central Africa to end violent conflict through locally-led solutions.

Best Missions Statement Examples: Invisible Children

Invisible Children is a non-profit that raises awareness around the violence affecting communities across Central Africa, and the company takes quite a confident tone in its mission.

The most valuable quality of this mission statement is that it has an end goal. Many companies' visions and missions are intentionally left open-ended so that the business might always be needed by the community. But Invisible Children wants to "end" violent conflict facing African families with local solutions. It's an admirable mission that all businesses — not just nonprofits — can learn from when motivating customers.

17. TED : Spread ideas, foster community and create impact.

Best Missions Statement Examples: TED

We've all seen TED Talks online before. Well, the company happens to have one of the most concise mission statements out there.

TED, which stands for "Technology Education and Design," has a succinct mission statement that shines through in every Talk you've seen the company publish on the internet. That mission statement starts with "Spread ideas." Sometimes, the best way to get an audience to remember you is to zoom out as far as your business's vision can go. What do you really care about? TED has recorded some of the most famous presentations globally. Then, it hones in on what great ideas can do — foster community and create impact.

18. Microsoft : To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Microsoft is one of the most well-known technology companies in the world. It makes gadgets for work, play, and creative purposes on a worldwide scale, and its mission statement reflects that. Through its product offering and pricing, it can empower every person and organization.

19. Disney : To entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling.

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Disney’s mission statement goes beyond providing ordinary entertainment. It intends to tell stories and drive creativity that inspires future generations through its work. This is an exceptional mission statement because it goes beyond giving consumers programs to watch, but ones that excite and change the way people see them and the world around them.

20. Meta : Giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

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Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is a major social media platform with a concise vision statement. It provides a platform to stay in touch with loved ones and potentially connect to people around the world.

21. Vista Equity Partners : By providing technology expertise, operational guidance and capital for sustainable growth, we empower organizations across all industries to stay ahead in the digital economy.

Company mission statement examples: Vista Equity Partners

Some businesses sell a clear and easy-to-understand product or service. But many companies need to combine branding with product education. This means that some mission statements need to not only communicate how a brand does business but also make it easy to see what it's selling.

Vista Equity Partners is a leading technology brand that supports a wide range of people, technologies, and products. In its mission statement, it clarifies what its company offers and why. It does this using the terms its audience uses most often to describe how it can help.

22. Dunkin' : Everything we do is about you. We strive to keep you at your best, and we remain loyal to you, your tastes and your time. That’s what America runs on.

Best Vision Statement Examples: Dunkin'

Dunkin’s mission goes beyond remaining a large coffee chain. Rather, the brand wants to be the consummate leader in the coffee and donut industry. It wants to become a place known for fun, food, and recreation.

Now that we’ve gone over successful mission statements, what does a good vision statement look like? Check out some of the following company vision statements — and get inspired to write one for your brand.

Vision Statement Example

“Our vision is to improve sustainable farming practices across the globe.” This vision statement is ambitious and broad enough to be an umbrella statement in line with a brand's mission.

1. Alzheimer's Association : A world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

Best Vision Statement Examples: Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association conducts global research and gives quality care and support to people with dementia. This vision statement looks into the future where people won’t have to battle this now incurable disease. With the work that it's doing in the present, both employees and consumers can see how the organization achieves its vision by helping those in need.

2. Teach for America : One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Best Vision Statement Examples: Teach for America

Teach for America creates a network of leaders to provide equal education opportunities to children in need. This organization’s day-to-day work includes helping marginalized students receive the proper education they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. Its vision statement is what it hopes to see through its efforts — a nation where no child is left behind.

3. Creative Commons : Help others realize the full potential of the internet.

Best Vision Statement Examples: Creative Commons

This nonprofit’s vision statement is broad. It helps overcome legal obstacles to share knowledge and creativity around the world. By working closely with major institutions, its vision is an innovative internet that isn’t barred by paywalls.

4. Chipotle : We believe that food has the power to change the world.

Delicious tacos, burritos, and bowls aren't the only things that Chipotle is passionate about. Many fast food brands differentiate with products. But Chipotle offers a belief instead. This idea fuels practices like using local and organic produce, using responsibly raised meat, and cutting greenhouse emissions. Chipotle’s vision statement makes it clear what inspires and drives the actions of this international brand.

5. Australia Department of Health : Better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

Best Vision Statement Examples: Australia Department of Health

This government department has a clear vision for its country. Through health policies, programs, and regulations, it has the means to improve the healthcare of Australian citizens.

6. LinkedIn : Create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.

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LinkedIn is a professional networking service that gives people the opportunity to seek employment. Its vision statement intends to give employees of every level a chance to get the job they need.

7. Purely Elizabeth : We believe that food can heal.

Purely Elizabeth is a food brand selling granola, oatmeal, and cereal products. Its extended vision statement reads: "When you eat better, you feel better. It’s that simple. That's why we use superfoods with vibrant flavors and rich textures to create delicious foods to help you thrive on your wellness journey."

Food brands have a lot of competition, and this brand's broad and inspiring vision offers a chance to connect more deeply with customers. Its podcast, blog, and recipe resources offer useful tools and tips for anyone looking to heal their bodies with their food choices.

8. AllHere : Connecting All Families with the Right Support at the Right Time

Attendance is a big challenge for schools and families, especially with students in middle and high school. AllHere offers AI services like mobile messaging to overcome administrative and communication challenges. This helps students, parents, and teachers get the support they need for student success.

This vision statement emphasizes that this challenge is bigger than individual habits. It's an empowering vision of an educational system that works for everyone.

9. Southwest : To be the world's most loved, most efficient, and most profitable airline.

Best Vision Statement Examples: Southwest

Southwest Airlines is an international airline that strives to serve its flyers with a smile. Its vision statement is unique because it sees itself not just excelling in profit but outstanding customer service, too. Its vision is possible through its strategy and can lead its employees to be at the level they work toward.

10. Supergoop! : Change the way the world thinks about sunscreen.

For a vision statement to excite, but not overwhelm, it should be both broad and specific. Company mission statement examples like the one above from Supergoop! show that it may be tricky, but it's also possible to balance those two extremes.

This vision says that sunscreen is important AND that sunscreen is more than sunscreen. This simple statement helps the audience think more about what its products are and what they should expect from those products. It's about education, awareness, and quality. And this vision statement keeps the tone positive, bright, and direct.

Inspire Through Brand Values

Brand values play a much more significant role in customer loyalty than you think. Showing that your business understands its audience — and can appeal to them on an emotional level — could be the decision point for a customer’s next purchase. We hope you found some insight in this post that can help you brainstorm your inspiring vision and mission statements for your business.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in August 2014 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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While your business plan covers your entire company, it’s not available for your customers to read and understand who you are and what you stand for. So, we use a mission statement instead to do that job.

In this article, we’ll see what a mission statement is, why it is important, how to write one for your business plan, and a few mission statements of popular brands.

What Is a Mission Statement?

A mission statement is a short actionable statement that specifies your company’s core purpose, principles, and goals. It states the value your company creates for your customers, employees, stakeholders, and owners. In short, it is a snippet representing why your company exists and what it does.

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You should revamp your mission statement as your company grows. This is because a mission statement is always written in the present tense. As your company evolves, so do your goals, philosophies, and the value you create.

Why Is a Mission Statement Important?

A mission statement is one of the first things you write in your business plan . It points to the direction and end goal of your company.

In a nutshell, it serves the following purposes:

  • Shapes your company’s brand identity
  • Serves as a navigational tool for business planning
  • Motivates stakeholders to contribute to a common goal
  • Attracts people that align with your philosophies
  • Serves as a guide while making major decisions

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A business plan mission statement is barely three sentences long. But ironically, it is its brevity that makes it so tricky to write. If you don’t have the time to write one from scratch, you can download this mission statement template to make things easier. If you do have the time, follow these steps to write a mission statement for your company:

Step 1: Ask the right questions

Before you start writing, understand your business in its entirety. Articulating the answers to the following questions can be helpful:

  • What is the industry you are set in?
  • Who is your target audience ?
  • What are your offerings?
  • What are your USPs?
  • What is the problem you solve for your customers through your offerings?
  • What is the value you deliver through your offerings?
  • What is your brand personality?
  • What are your competitive advantages?

Step 2: Organize the answers

Organize the answers

After answering all the above questions, organize them into the following categories:

Treating employees benevolently shouldn’t be viewed as an added cost that cuts into profits, but as a powerful energizer that can grow the enterprise into something far greater than one leader could envision. – Harold Schultz , founder and former CEO of Starbucks

The value you add to your customers:

List down how you make your customers’ lives better. It can be through your products, the methods you use to deliver them, or through non-profit work and community service.

The value you add to your employees:

Here, write down how you create value for your employees. These could be:

  • Your employee retention strategies
  • The benefits and perks you offer
  • The work culture in your company
  • Your training programs

The value you add to your owners:

The impact you want to create:.

Here, state the mission you want to achieve in the long run through your offerings. State the impact you aim to create via value addition for your target audience, employees, owners, and stakeholders.

Step 3: Draft, edit, and review

Once you have organized all the answers, start creating drafts of your mission statement. Don’t make it a lengthy essay; remember, a mission statement is supposed to be short and simple.

These are the key elements of a good mission statement:

4 Key elements of a good mission statement

  • Value addition: Mention how you create and deliver value to your customers, employees, investors, and society at large.
  • Inspiration: Define the motive for people to follow you. Why do they want to buy from you, work with you, or invest in you?
  • Make it reasonable: Don’t just write buzzwords. A mission statement should be accurate, ambitious, ethical, and achievable.
  • Be specific: Show how your products help achieve your mission.

Create and compare multiple drafts and select the best one. Make sure to take your team’s suggestions and refine the statement as necessary. Once you are satisfied with it, you can put it down in your business plan.

Without a mission statement, you may get to the top of the ladder and then realize it was leaning against the wrong building. – Dave Ramsey

Step 4: Update when needed

It’s crucial to keep updating your mission statement to align with your current state. As your company grows, your goals, target audience, and your principles evolve too. Update your statement regularly to reflect this progress.

Mission Statement Examples of Popular Brands

1. the mission statement of starbucks:.

To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

In the first part of the statement, Starbucks describes the work culture it promotes and the customer experience it delivers. In the second part, it points to its mission of growing and expanding.

2. The mission statement of L’Oréal:

To provide the best in cosmetics innovation to women and men around the world with respect for their diversity.

L’Oréal’s mission statement is simple and direct. It focuses on two aspects. One is to provide the best products, and the second is to promote inclusivity and create products for a diverse population.

3. The mission statement of Apple:

To bring the best personal computing products and support to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140 countries around the world.

Apple’s mission statement doesn’t have much wordplay and gets across the point clearly. It puts emphasis on three key aspects: its products, its audience, and its scope of business.

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Writing a mission statement can be exhausting, but its benefits are just as helpful. A business plan mission statement is a description of why your company exists. It gives you clarity which helps drive action, inspire people, and motivate employees.

It can also provide you with guidance when making tough business decisions and help stay on the right track. Follow the above-mentioned steps to write your mission statement—one that sets you apart from your competitors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who decides the mission statement.

The mission statement is decided by somebody authoritative. Most often, it is decided and framed by founders, the CEO, or the chairperson. Many times, such people even team up to develop a mission statement. This team consists of senior members and board members who know the company inside out. Sometimes, the team may also include experts who have worked on thousands of mission statements.

Can we change the mission statement?

Changing a mission statement is uncommon but not impossible. So yes, over the course of years if the mission is changed, companies may change their mission statements. Aside from that, the change could be for rebranding purposes, change of product/services, change of target audience, change of authority, or so on.

If the company changes, does the mission statement change too?

If the mission of the company has changed, then yes. However, the change of the company means many things. Has the product and services changed? Has the target audience changed? Has the authority changed? Sometimes, the change of the company also means the presence, absence, or change of merger and/or association. In any case, the company can change its mission statement. However, that’s not compulsory. Sometimes, even with such drastic changes, the companies don’t change their mission statements. Simply because their mission hasn’t changed.

How important is it to have a mission statement?

A mission statement isn’t optional, it’s a necessity. Through it, you answer some of the most important business questions: why does your company exist? What change is it trying to make in society? How does the world benefit from its existence? Answering philosophical questions like this is necessary to keep you and your team on track.

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In this article, we will define ‘what is a mission statement’, briefly highlight the essentials of creating a strong mission statement and show you some of the best mission statement examples from top organizations around the world.

What is a mission statement and its purpose?

Remember that a mission statement explains why your organization exists . It is a foundational element of your plan that establishes your core purpose and who you serve! A great mission statement stands the test of time, guiding more temporary and time-specific goals and plans. This, paired with a bold vision statement will serve as a strong foundation to your strategic plan.

For a mission statement to provide clarity, we recommend writing it with concrete language. We recommend avoiding abstract fluff that might sound good on the surface but does not help your team understand the “why” behind their work. We also recommend writing it in the present tense. This differentiates it from a vision statement, which is focused on the future. A mission statement should be timeless (or as close to it as possible). Writing it in the present tense helps capture that.

What are the benefits of a mission statement?

When it comes to strategic planning for your organization, you can’t underestimate the importance of having a clear and concise mission statement. Not only does it help provide direction and focus for your team and tells your customer base and community who you are and what you stand for. A well-crafted mission statement is the foundation for your overall strategy and decision-making.

By outlining your mission statement, you’re laying the groundwork for everything that follows. You’re setting the tone for your vision for your organization and the values you want to uphold. That can be a powerful tool for making decisions and setting priorities for the company’s future.

So, if you haven’t already drafted a mission statement, now is the time to start! It may take some time and thought, but the benefits will be well worth it in the long run.

What makes a great mission statement?

OnStrategy strongly believes in creating a mission statement that speaks to who you are and why you exist as an organization. We believe great mission statements should be audacious, motivating, and memorable.

This is because, as we’ve stated before, your mission statement reflects the best of you and serves as the foundation of your business or organization. Mission statements boldly state why you exist and do what you do – not only for your team and those doing the work but for your community and customers whose support you’re striving to capture.

We’ve crafted a mission statement cheat sheet that outlines the four criteria that every mission statement should meet:

  • Your mission statement should be foundational
  • Your mission statement should be original
  • All mission statements should be memorable
  • And bonus points if your mission statement is something you’d want represented on a t-shirt!

Pulling Together Your Mission Statement with the Help of OnStrategy’s Cheat Sheet [With Examples]

Check out our mission statement cheat sheet below for a downloadable guide to build your mission statement.

Mission Statement Examples

Video Transcript – How to Write a Mission Statement- The Virtual Strategist

Hi, my name’s Erica Olsen. Today’s whiteboard session is on how to write a mission statement. Mission statements are foundational to any strategic plan. You normally build one after you develop your SWAT and before you go into the rest of your planning process. It’s foundational because it answers the question, why do we exist?

It (a mission statement) clearly explains the space that we play and what’s in and what’s out of what we do, and it’s not where we’re going, which is vision. So let’s break it down. We use this example to explain the components of a mission statement. We use this checklist to talk about what makes a good mission statement, and we’ll walk through a simple process to create yours.

So let’s jump in. The example we have up here is Google’s, and we love using Google’s, Google’s examples because they’re, they’re great and why not [00:01:00] borrow from the best? So starting with our mission, I’d like to start it with our mission cuz it gives us a place to, to go and keeps us thinking about mission.

You might get rid of it later, but start it there. Uh, it has a verb with present tense to organize. We explain what we do, organize the world’s information for whom, in this case, the world, and what’s the benefit to us existing? What’s the benefit to the world to make? Information universally accessible and useful, really straightforward.

We know mission statements are not that easy to write, so here’s a checklist to make sure that yours is great. Starting with it needs to be original. This is really clearly original to Google. They didn’t rip it off from somebody else. It doesn’t sound like anybody else’s mission statement or company vision statement. If it sounds like Google’s mission statement, so make sure yours is original.

It’s foundational. I already mentioned that, but you don’t wanna change it. All the time. Maybe a few word tweaks, but ideally [00:02:00] not. You want a mission statement that sustains over time, so it needs to be foundational. Connect with staff a great mission statement, and you know, yours is great. When every single staff member wakes up in the morning and knows that their purpose and the reason they come to work every day is expressed in your mission statement, and to do that, it needs to be memorable.

Memorable means short and concise, and of course, that’s the balance to strike with a great mission statement. So here’s your litmus test. It needs to fit on a T-shirt, and your staff would wear it if it achieves those two goals. You know, you’ve got a great mission statement, so how do you write one?

Sometimes it can be hard, so it’s great to get input or ideas from your organization. So gather staff input if you’d like, via survey or maybe focus groups. Take all that information, synthesize it down, and create a couple of versions. You can do it yourself. Or use one of those folks in your organization who loves to copyright and have them write a [00:03:00] couple of different versions.

Take those versions and either have your planning team pick one or put them out to your organization and have people vote on them. So that simple process will help you not, uh, go in all kinds of different directions and spend forever doing mission statement development. With that, I hope this helps you write yours. [00:03:21] Thanks for tuning in.

If you want to learn more on determining what is a mission statement that’s effective and how to write a mission statement that inspires, check out our guide!

Anatomy of an Effective Mission Statement

A mission statement is a powerful way to tell your board members, team and your customers who you are and why you exist – ideally in two sentences or less! Your company’s mission statement describes, essentially, your company’s core values and company’s purpose for existing today.

Maybe your organization believes that your business exists to provide outstanding customer service to all who walk through your door. Your employees will now know that your company’s identity revolves around providing the best customer service possible.

This process of creating a compelling mission statement may feel daunting, but don’t worry! By following our simple anatomy of a mission statement, you can easily put one together that truly defines your mission and purpose.

Every mission statement must have these five basic elements:

  • A label such as, “Our mission…”
  • A verb in the present tense.
  • For whom you’re doing this for.
  • A result or benefit of the work you do.
  • What you do and how you do it.

For example, yours may end up looking like this: “Our mission is to make our clients successful by merging remarkable digital design and goal-focused usability.

Read our free canvas and guide for a deeper dive into the topic!

Anatomy of a Mission Statement

Mission Statement Versus Vision Statement Versus Values Statement: What’s the difference?

Vision statement.

A vision statement describes your clear vision of the future; your ambitions. Vision statements clearly state what your organization looks like in the future. Vision statement focuses on the big picture outcome, usually 5+ years in the future. [Check out our vision statement examples here. ]

Mission Statements

A good mission statement clearly explains why you exist and what your organization’s purpose for existing is. A company mission statement also expressly states who you serve and how potential customers benefit from your work.

Values Statements

Values statements are an expression about how you expect your team to behave. They explain the values, beliefs, and experiences you expect to create within your organization.

Using Your Mission Statements, Vision Statements, and Values Statements Together

These three important plan elements aren’t meant to live as standalone items. They are designed to be used together! Mission and vision statements help your organization clearly articulate why you exist, who you serve, and where you’re going in the future. Your values statements help support your own mission and vision statment by expressing how you expect your organization to behave along the journey! When in doubt, remember these three tips:

  • Mission statement = why you exist.
  • Vision statement = where you’re going in the future.
  • Values statements = set of behaviors you expect from your team. you expect your team to behave.

When to know it’s time to update your mission statement?

As you move forward on your strategic planning process, maybe you’ve decided to revisit your mission statement. If you read it and thought, “Wait, that doesn’t really align with what we’re doing anymore, ” it may be time for an update. And that’s okay! It happens more often than you might think.

Your company constantly evolves and grows, so your mission statement must reflect those changes. Some signs that it’s time to hit refresh on your mission statement include:

  • Huge shifts in your customer or target audience
  • Major changes in your organization’s goals and approach
  • A total rebrand

Remember, your mission statement should guide and inspire your business, so it’s essential to keep it relevant and meaningful! They have a shelf life of about 10-15 years.

A clear and concise mission statement can give your employees and customers a sense of direction and purpose. So, if you feel like your current mission statement is a little outdated or doesn’t reflect who you are as an organization, it might be time for a refresh.

Check out our 52 mission statement examples from some of the world’s best companies and organizations for inspiration!

52 Mission Statement Examples

Learning general principles for how to write a mission statement is helpful. However, these principles can become clearer by looking at some examples of mission statements. As you check out some of these mission statement examples from various types of organizations, notice how there are various ways to make your mission statement unique while sharing the tried-and-true principles of good mission statements:

Example Mission Statements for For-Profit Companies

Starbucks Mission Statement Example

Tesla: “Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to renewable energy.”

Starbucks “To inspire and nurture the human spirit- one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

Coca-Cola: “The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone who is touched by our business.”

The Home Depot: “The Home Depot is in the home improvement business, and our goal is to provide the highest level of service, the broadest selection of products, and the most competitive prices.”

The Boeing Company, Africa Division: “Our mission is to establish a powerful presence and positive image of The Boeing Company with governments, businesses, and community leaders.”

Nike: “Our mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. *If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

John Deere: “Double and Double Again the John Deere Experience of Genuine Value for Employees, Customers and Shareholders.”

Publix: “Our Mission at Publix is to be the premier quality food retailer in the world.”

Aveda: “Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty but around the world.”

General Motors: “General Motors’ corporate mission is to earn customers for life by building brands that inspire passion and loyalty through not only breakthrough technologies but also by serving and improving the communities in which we live and work around the world.”

New Leaf Paper: “The mission of New Leaf Paper is to be the leading national source for environmentally responsible, economically sound paper.”

Nordstrom: “Our mission is to continue our dedication to providing a unique range of products, exceptional customer service, and great experiences.”

Seventh Generation: “Seventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally safe household products.”

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Example mission statements for non-profits.

Girl Scouts Mission Statement Example

UNICEF: “UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do.”

ACLU of San Diego: “To protect and expand fairness, equity, and freedom through community engagement, building power, policy advocacy, and impact litigation.”

Red Cross: “To provide compassionate care to victims of disasters.”

TED Talk: “Spread ideas. Make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.”

Girl Scouts of America: “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Operation Underground Railroad: “We exist to rescue children from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.”

Goodwill: “To enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Through our many initiatives and worldwide reach, the Alzheimer’s Association leads the charge in Alzheimer’s care, support, research and advocacy.”

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts: “To cultivate exceptional performing arts experiences in our historic venue and throughout the region.”

ASPCA, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Mission Statement Examples for Software Companies

OnStrategy Mission Statement Example

OnStrategy: “Our mission is to create strategy that matters and drive the culture to execute it.”

LinkedIn: “To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”

Equifax Business Services: “To serve our customers by utilizing information and technology that provide real-time answers to increasingly complex questions.”

Google: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Amazon: “We strive to offer our customers the lowest possible prices, the best available selection, and the utmost convenience.”

Duolingo: “We’re here to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. Our global team works together to make language learning fun, free, and effective for anyone who wants to learn, wherever they are.”

Hulu: “To help people find and enjoy the world’s premium video content when, where and how they want it.”

Microsoft: “Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

TikTok “ Our mission is to capture and present the world’s creativity, knowledge, and moments that matter in everyday life.”

Vivint: “Vivint helps families live intelligently in safer, smarter homes.”

Example Mission Statements for Healthcare Organizations

St Marys Mission Statement Example

CVS: “Helping people on their path to better health.”

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center of Northern Nevada: “To deliver compassionate, quality care to patients and better healthcare to communities.”

Northern Nevada Hopes: “Our mission is to build a healthier community by providing affordable, high-quality medical, behavioral health, and support services for all.”

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals: “We will become the world’s most valued company to patients, customers, colleagues, investors, business partners, and the communities where we work and live.”

The WellPoint Companies: “The WellPoint Companies provide health security by offering a choice of quality branded health and related financial services designed to meet the changing expectations of individuals, families, and their sponsors throughout a lifelong relationship.”

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: “It is the mission of New York-Presbyterian Hospital to be a leader in the provision of world-class patient care, teaching, research, and service to local, state, national, and international communities.”

The Center for Disease Control: “CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.”

Valley OB/GYN: “At Valley OBGYN, we strive to provide quality comprehensive patient-centered women’s care here in Spokane Valley.”

The American Psychological Association: “Our mission is to promote the advancement, communication, and application of psychological science and knowledge to benefit society and improve lives.”

Dentistry for Children: “Dentistry for Children believes that good dental health starts in infancy. Our dedicated pediatric dentists and teen dental specialists promote cavity prevention and good dental habits to help create a positive experience at an early age and into their adolescent years.”

Mission Statement Examples for Governments and/or Government Entities

City of Reno Mission Statement Example

The City of Windsor, Canada: “The City of Windsor, with the involvement of its citizens, will deliver effective and responsive municipal services, and will mobilize innovative community partnerships.”

Cliffside Park, New Jersey Police Department: “The Cliffside Park Police Department is committed to providing a safe and peaceful environment in the Borough of Cliffside Park through effective and impartial law enforcement.”

Fire Department New York: “As first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters, and terrorist acts, FDNY protects the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors. The Department advances public safety through its fire prevention, investigation, and education programs. The timely delivery of these services enables the FDNY to make significant contributions to the safety of New York City and homeland security efforts.”

Municipal Court of Lakeview, Texas: “Our mission is to provide an impartial, unbiased, fair, and respectful forum for the trials of all Class C misdemeanor Penal Code offenses, Health and Safety Code offenses, Alcoholic Beverage Code offenses, City Ordinance offenses, as well as to preside over administrative and civil proceedings, as authorized by state law.”

Albany, Georgia: “The City of Albany delivers fiscally responsible, highly dependable services to the citizens in the community and the region with integrity and professionalism.”

Chicago Public Library: “We welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning. Working together, we strive to provide equal access to information, ideas, and knowledge through books, programs, and other resources.”

Seattle, Washington City Clerk: “Provide consistent high-level services which promote and strengthen a world-class government prepared to meet the emerging needs of the 21st century. Ultimately, improving the quality of life for individuals (and the community at large) by being one of the top-tier local government agencies in our nation and by building on our interdisciplinary strengths.”

Michigan Civil Service Commission: “To provide innovative, effective, and timely HR consultation and services to attract, develop, and retain a workforce that is diverse, flexible, creative, and competent to meet the ever-changing needs of state government.”

City of Reno: “Creating a community that people are proud to call home.”

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How to Write a Mission Statement (Definition & Examples Included)

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When you’re creating a company or working on a business plan , the first thing you should do is create a mission statement. Your mission statement is the base for your company values, vision statement, slogan, value proposition and everything else.

A mission statement is a short action-based declaration that describes the purpose of an organization. Mission statements explain what companies do and are a very important part of their culture, along with the core values and vision statement . Mission statements are an internal guide for organizations, but they also need to be appealing to customers.

Before we learn how to write a mission statement, let’s explain the difference between a mission statement and a vision statement, two very important parts of a business plan.

There are several differences between a mission statement and a vision statement. The main difference between them is that a mission statement explains the purpose of a company, while the vision statement indicates where the company wants to accomplish in the future. Mission statements and vision statements are different but they need to complement each other to provide a clear base for strategic planning.

If you need help creating and delivering a plan for your business, then consider a project management software like ProjectManager . ProjectManager helps organizations plan, execute and track projects and tasks across teams. Make a long term plan on a roadmap, then execute the day-to-day tasks on task lists or kanban boards. It’s easy to collaborate, stay aligned and reach your goals. Get started today for free.

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How to Write a Mission Statement in 6 Steps

We know that every organization needs a mission statement, but how do you create one? There’s no standardized method to writing a mission statement, but there are some guidelines that you should consider.

Follow these steps to help you with the process of writing a mission statement.

1. Define your Company Culture

The mission and vision statements are elements of your company culture. For this reason, before writing your company mission statement, you’ll need to define the core values or guiding principles of your company culture. Don’t forget to ask yourself what your team members expect from the company too.

Related: Free Team Charter Template

2. Set Goals

Your company mission defines the purpose of your organization, and where it stands now, but that’s only part of the business plan. You’ll also need to define company goals and a long-term company vision.

3. Define your Ideal Customer Profile

It’s impossible to think about a business that doesn’t care about its customers. Before writing a mission statement or a business plan altogether, you need to understand who are your customers and how you can help them. That’s why you must define your ideal customer profile through market research .

4. Create a Value Proposition

Once you have a clear idea of what your ideal customer profile looks like, you need to think about the value proposition that will differentiate you from your competitors.

5. Select a Type of Mission Statement

Every mission statement is unique, but there are some recognizable types of mission statements. The most common ones are:

  • Customer-oriented mission statements
  • Socially conscious mission statements
  • Environmentally conscious mission statements
  • Product-oriented mission statements

6. Add the Mission Statement to Your Business Plan

Now that you’ve thought about all these key aspects of your business, you can start drafting a mission statement for your business plan. Remember to think about how that company mission fits with the other elements of your business plan.

You probably know a lot of mission statements without realizing it. We’ve gathered 25 of the best mission statement examples available in the world to help you create a great mission statement for your business plan.

1. Microsoft

“To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

“To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

3. Facebook

“To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

4. Southwest Airlines

“Dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit.”

5. LinkedIn

“To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”

“To entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe.”

“To continually raise the bar of the customer experience by using the internet and technology to help consumers find, discover and buy anything, and empower businesses and content creators to maximize their success. We aim to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

8. Patagonia

“We’re In Business To Save Our Home Planet.”

9. Life is Good

“To spread the power of optimism”

10. Coca-Cola

“To refresh the world, to inspire moments of optimism and happiness, and to create value and make a difference.”

11. The Humane Society

“Creating animals, confronting cruelty.”

“We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.”

13. Smithsonian

“The increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

14. American Express

“We work hard every day to make American Express the world’s most respected service brand.”

15. Nordstrom

“To give customers the most compelling shopping experience possible.”

16. JetBlue

“To inspire humanity – both in the air and on the ground.”

“To build the web’s most convenient, secure, cost-effective payment solutions.”

18. Kickstarter

“To help bring creative projects to life.”

“To deliver information on the people, ideas and technologies changing the world to our community of affluent business decision-makers.”

“To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.”

“Shape the future of the internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners.”

“To attract and attain customers with high-value products and services and the most satisfying ownership experience in America.”

“To create a better everyday life for the many people.”

“To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

1. How long Should a Mission Statement be?

A good mission statement is short, to the point and memorable. It’s like a tagline in advertising, something that sticks with a person when they hear or read it. In a true sense, the mission statement is an ad in that it identifies your company as one that a customer would want to work with or support.

2. What Is the Difference Between a Mission Statement and a Vision Statement?

Vision statements are about the future. Mission statements stay firmly in the present: who you are and what’s important to you, now. Be timely, explain who you are today and do so clearly.

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How to Write a Small Business Mission Statement (+ Template)

Published March 28, 2023

Published Mar 28, 2023

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  • 1 Mission Statement Template
  • 2 How to Write a Mission Statement
  • 3 Benefits of a Mission Statement
  • 4 Frequently Asked Questions
  • 5 Bottom Line

A business mission is a short statement describing the “why” behind your vision. It’s the primary reason your business exists and why you do what you do. Download our free mission statement template and follow the steps below to learn how to write a mission statement for your small business.

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The steps for creating a mission statement involve understanding the main components, answering questions about your business, gathering ideas, defining your mission, and creating and finalizing your draft. Download our free mission statement template and use it as you go through the step-by-step process below to write a mission statement for your business.

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1. outline the components of a mission statement.

The first step for writing a mission statement is understanding what it should include and creating an outline. Simply put, a mission statement is a brief sentence or phrase that summarizes your overarching purpose, or the primary reason your business exists. It should communicate the driving force behind your entire company and promote the brand presence you want to achieve.

Powerful mission statements typically have these three main components:

  • Business goal as the reason for existing
  • Relevance or impact to customers, community, employees, and other stakeholders

Your business vision is a mental image of where you want your organization to be after a certain time, whereas your mission details why you want to achieve those goals. These reasons usually have a human or social aspect attached to them. For example, your product aims to create a safer community, or your service hopes to improve people’s health.

Below are three examples:

Sources: Wix , Caribou Coffee

For more ideas and inspiration, check out our list of the best mission statement examples .

2. Answer Questions About Your Business

Now that you understand the components of a mission statement, you can start drafting yours by first simply answering questions about your business. While you can brainstorm these yourself, it’s best to do so along with the people most knowledgeable about your business, such as your co-founders or team members.

Here are some basic questions you can ask to guide your mission statement:

  • What do we do?
  • What are we creating?
  • Why does it matter?
  • To whom does it matter?
  • How does it make a difference?
  • What words would we use to describe our business?
  • How does our business differ from our competitors?

The goal of these questions is to start interrogating the ideas and reasons behind your business. The answers to these will eventually help form your mission statement. In fact, if you’re a small business owner, you might already have answers to some of these questions—you just have to organize them into a single, powerful, all-encompassing sentence.

Here’s an example of how to use these questions. Let’s say you own a tire store—these are the answers you might give to the questions above:

  • What is it we do? Install tires
  • What do we create? Safer vehicles
  • Why does it matter? Fewer accidents
  • To whom does it matter? V ehicle owners and their families, like parents of teen drivers
  • How does it make a difference? We make traveling within our community safer
  • What words would we use to describe our business? Safety, tires, family, local, etc.
  • How is our business different from our competitors? We’re locally owned

Keep these in mind as we revisit this example business type in step five. Note that these types of questions and answers don’t reflect anything about how much money you make or how many products you sell. Instead, they relate to what differentiates your business as well as its customers and other beneficiaries, like your community.

3. Gather Ideas Based on Your Answers

The next step is to brainstorm the content of your mission statement. Using the answers to your questions as a guide, think up words and phrases that make the most sense, keeping your business purpose top of mind. It’s important not to limit or edit yourself (or your team members). Keep the ideas flowing, and write down words or phrases that come into mind.

This is only a data-gathering phase—there are no wrong answers, and you can always edit and organize them later. At the end of the brainstorming session, you’ll end up with some common words or short phrases that will start to make sense and feel true to your business.

4. Define Your Mission

After brainstorming, the next step in terms of how to write a mission statement is to edit your ideas and start honing in on your mission. This is where your mission statement will become more defined as you clarify the central, overarching objective that best resonates with your business and brand.

You may have come up with a whole sheet of ideas during your brainstorming session, but remember that good mission statements are concise and easily understandable. From your list of words and phrases, find those that best represent your business’ main objective and why it matters to your target customers.

5. Create a First Draft

With your mission defined, you’re ready to write a first draft of your mission statement. This step is where you’ll start crafting one or more full sentences from your previously defined ideas. Mix and match words and phrases until you find a strong statement that feels most true to your business and is highly relatable to your target audience.

Keep your mission statement compelling, simple, and purposeful. It should be a concise but complete thought that immediately gives readers an idea of your company’s primary, long-term purpose.

Here are sample drafts for a mission statement using the tire company example above.

Screenshot of Mission Statement Ideas

Organize and refine your ideas until you find a statement that best represents your business’ purpose.

This is a step where it’s easy to get stuck. If you want professional help refining the ideas and concepts you came up with into a concise and compelling mission statement, consider reaching out to a marketing consultant or public relations (PR) expert for assistance. You can hire an affordable PR freelancer on platforms like Fiverr to get help writing a mission statement for as little as $5.

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6. Gather Feedback & Polish Your Statement

Feedback is always crucial in any creative process, and your mission statement is no exception. It’s essential because your mission statement is also influential to your overall branding, and you want to be sure that what you mean to say is understood by others.

Have several people, such as team members, advisers, or other business owners, review your mission statement before finalizing it. You can even run your draft by top customers or members of your target market to see whether it’s relatable and understandable to them.

Here are some questions you can ask others to gather feedback about your mission statement:

  • What purpose does the mission statement communicate about our company?
  • How does this statement make you feel about our company?
  • Is the mission statement clear and easy to understand?
  • Is it impactful, motivational, or compelling?
  • Does the statement align with our vision and values?

Take note of the feedback you receive, and input them into your statement. Your mission statement is as valuable to the public as it is to your internal business—so you want to be sure that it’s clear and impactful to any and all readers.

7. Finalize & Share Your Mission Statement

Once you’ve polished up your mission and undergone feedback and revisions, it’s time to make it official and send it out to the world. Double-check that the statement is concise and that your business purpose is clearly defined. Then, when you’re ready, start using it in company communications.

Places to Use Small Business Mission Statements

There are many ways to share your small business mission statement. Keep in mind that you have multiple audiences, as your mission statement is a fundamental part of your company’s overall identity and branding. Share it with employees, customers, vendors, potential investors, and other stakeholders.

Here are other places to share your business mission statement:

  • Company documents: An obvious place to include your company mission is in internal documents. These can be anything from your business plan to your company handbook , intranet, company newsletter, and presentation decks.
  • Sales and marketing collateral: Your mission statement is one of the unique aspects of your business, helping you stand out from the competition. Include it on business cards , brochures, direct mail marketing collateral, and other marketing materials .
  • Public relations content: Leave a lasting impression on anyone who reads your company’s press releases by including your mission in the boilerplate. In addition, add it to your press kit so that journalists will have access to it when covering stories about your business.
  • Recruiting and hiring: Stating your business’ mission in recruiting ads and job descriptions gives candidates a better idea of whether they would be a good fit for your company (and vice versa).
  • Digital materials: Add your mission statement to your website’s “About” page or footer to give site visitors a well-rounded impression of your company. The same applies to your social media profiles and other digital assets, including your Google Business page .
  • Branded merch: If you plan on having branded company merchandise like T-shirts or coffee mugs, they’re also good places to add your business mission.

Keep track of every place your mission statement is displayed. If you ever modify it, you’ll want to ensure it’s revised consistently everywhere it’s used.

Why Writing a Good Mission Statement Matters

A good mission statement is more than a string of words—it is the central grounding motivation of your entire organization, guiding everything from your business decisions to your team members’ operations. Here are other benefits of having a compelling small business mission statement:

  • Connecting with your target market: Having a well-defined brand identity, including a clear mission, can help you reach your target market. In 2022, 82% of consumers were more likely to purchase from a brand that shared their values.
  • Attracting top talent: Employees like working for companies whose values align with their personal goals too—it ranks as the 13th top priority when candidates choose companies to work for. This helps you attract motivated employees who align with your mission, and in turn, perform their best.
  • Keeping employees engaged: Beyond attracting top talent, having a mission keeps employees motivated and productive. As author Brandon Peele explains, “People who are connected with their purpose are four times as likely to be engaged and five times more productive.”
  • Guiding business decisions: You’ll undoubtedly encounter difficult business decisions throughout your small business journey. Your mission can help remind you of your business’ main priorities, helping you make better decisions.
  • It helps you stand out: Each company’s mission is unique. While you may share some services or features with a handful of other businesses, your mission makes yours stand out.
  • It helps with branding: Your mission is one of the most meaningful, relatable, and human aspects of your company, making it great content for marketing campaigns. Include it in brand promotions, social media campaigns, and community engagement initiatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good mission statement for small businesses.

A good small business mission statement is concise and easy to understand, instantly communicating a business’ reason for existing. It should also be compelling, action-oriented, audience-relevant, and relatable. For employees, a good mission statement serves as a guiding principle when operating the business, while for customers, it provides a fundamental aspect of your brand identity.

What’s the difference between a vision statement & a mission statement?

Your vision statement communicates the “what” of your business—what your business will become when it fulfills its mission. Meanwhile, your mission statement covers the “why” behind your business, or its primary purpose and reason for existing. Vision statements are goals you want to achieve in the future, while mission statements communicate why you want to achieve those goals.

What’s the difference between a personal vs business mission statement?

A business mission encompasses the overall purpose of the organization. These statements are wide-ranging and long term, usually requiring the combined efforts of multiple people working together. Personal mission statements, on the other hand, describe the driving motivation of an individual, and may or may not be work- or career-related.

Bottom Line

Your mission explains the reason your company exists, what it does, who it serves, and why it matters. It represents the driving force behind your company and why you do what you do. The best corporate mission statements are more than just a string of words—they’re a clear and meaningful representation of your business’ purpose that will guide your company in the long term.

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21 powerful mission statement examples that stand out

  • Cecilia Lazzaro Blasbalg
  • Jul 20, 2023
  • 12 min read

Mission statement examples

Mission statements have come a long way since they were popularized in the 1980s as a way for companies to articulate who they are. Today, these declarations of intent are also likened to a mantra toward professional success, appearing throughout an organization’s most valuable assets, from marketing campaigns and promotional material to its business website .

When starting a business , you'll want to craft your own, unique mission statement. But before you do, we recommend you first review what a mission statement is and some helpful guidelines to writing one. Then, check out our selection of the best mission statement examples, created by some of the most influential companies and corporations many of us swear we could not live without.

What is a mission statement?

A mission statement is a brief description of an organization’s purpose and how it serves audiences through the types of products or services it provides them with. It may also include your core values, philosophies, business ethics or goals, all of which can help to reflect your uniqueness and what sets your business apart from others.

By writing your company mission statement, you're able to define the cause behind your brand. Then, you’ll be able to use it in your business proposal as well as in your elevator pitch. Think of a mission statement as a form of corporate communication, that allows you to establish your transparency and leadership as a brand to both stakeholders and your users or customers.

Furthermore, a good mission statement is effective in acting as a guiding light for the way in which a company conducts itself. This means that the statement should become a key part of your company and corporate culture to make sure everyone is aiming for the same goals. It will help employees understand the value of what they do.

Mission statements and vision statements are often confused because many organizations will use the two terms interchangeably. However, a company statement focuses on the day-to-day activities of the business thus declaring what you’re doing to pursue your cause, while a vision statement describes what your company wants to be in the future. A mission statement is a chance to establish your leadership as a company and as a brand.

A mission statement is also not to be confused with a company slogan, which is often a tagline used in marketing and advertising campaigns. It may end up being more commonly associated with a company or brand than its mission statement however.

mission statement versus vision statement

Tips for creating a great mission statement

As you start writing a mission statement , you’ll want to first answer some vital questions that will help you define the purpose of your business or brand. These include “What does your business do,” “Who are your customers,” “Why does your company do what it does,” or “What sparks the passion behind it?”

Afterwards, you will be better equipped to sit down - whether with your team or alone - and draft up a mission statement that will motivate your brand and drive your business’s success. Here are some key points you’ll want to consider:

1. Make it plausible and attainable. Your mission statement should be achievable by giving you something tangible to work on, such as having a business plan . It should fall between what you’re already doing and what you can work toward. Something like this one from American Express, "Our mission is to become essential to our customers by providing differentiated products and services to help them achieve their aspirations"

2. Be inspirational. Let your company’s personality shine through your mission statement. It should reflect the ideas that make your company different from others. That said, you’ll want to write yours in a way that not only makes it unique, but identifiable so that it strengthens your brand identity and perception. At this stage you can also ask yourself if you plan to use your mission statement to be not only inspirational, but also to establish your social responsibilities as a company? For some brands this is a priority, for others less so but this is the time to decide for your brand. For non-profits this is often easier, than for profit corporations. Take the Make a Wish foundation's statement as an example, " Together, we create joy, happiness and magical memories through life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses ." Or UNICEF'S , " UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential." Caterpillar also gets it right with this one , "to provide the best value to customers, grow a profitable business, develop and reward people, and encourage social responsibility"

3. Use clear and simple language. Keeping it short and simple will help you convey all the important elements of the mission statement, like core values, to employees and customers alike. In order to make sure there won’t be room for any misinterpretation or misunderstanding, avoid using buzzwords or flowery language. Additionally, aim for 20 words or less to get to the point. Don't neglect the grammatical aspect of your statement, make sure it contains no mistakes and reads properly. Take this example from Pinterest, " Our mission is to give everyone the inspiration to create a life that they love. " It's short, just 15 words long but it creates an inspirational punch that it's hard not to connect with. Another short but impactful one is from Uber, “ We ignite opportunity by setting the world in motion."

Mission statement vs. vision statement

A mission statement and a vision statement are both important for businesses, but they serve different objectives. A mission statement is a brief description of the company's purpose and what it does, whereas a vision statement is a more aspirational document that describes its long-term goals.

A good way to put it is that a mission statement describes the business in the present, whereas a vision statement describes the business in the future, giving employees and customers a sense of what the company is working towards. A good vision statement answers questions like "What do we want to achieve in the future?" "What kind of impact do we want to have on the world?" and "What are our long-term goals?"

Best mission statement examples

So, we’ve gone over the basics of a mission statement, as well as guidelines for crafting a solid one for your business. Now we’re ready to unveil some of the best mission statement examples to use as inspiration for your own.

American Red Cross

Peace Corps

The Walt Disney Company

01. WIX : “Create your own professional web presence—exactly the way you want.”

wix mission statement

At first glance, Wix’s mission statement encapsulates what website builders do: help people create an online space for themselves. While this declaration seems simple and to the point, it’s also effective as it places an emphasis on its users who are truly succeeding in building the website of their dreams.

Wix mission statement example

02. Google: “To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

It sounds like an impossible goal to meet, but Google has managed to collect all the information in the world and put it into a free space. As part of its ongoing mission, the company is always working to find new ways that will improve getting the answers you’re looking for in seconds. That also means making the platform accessible to all who come to search their queries.

google mission statement

03. TED : “Spread ideas.”

TED mission statement

This concise declaration by TED, which stands for Technology, Education and Design, not only happens to be the shortest mission statement on the list but also one of the most memorable ones to date. For a media organization built on boundless content, TED is able to convey, in two words, the essence of what it does - spreading ideas in the form of discourse.

TED mission statement example

04. Tesla : “To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Being completely self-aware in its mission statement, Tesla does not shy away from its core value: to enhance the use of clean energy across the globe. This statement mirrors the hard work Tesla puts in on a daily basis to “accelerate” its mission to bring a culture of sustainability to the automobile industry.

tesla mission statement

05. LinkedIn : “Connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”

LinkedIn wants to help professionals become more successful and efficient by facilitating ways for them to build meaningful connections. This is what the social media platform sets out to pursue since it officially launched in 2003. These days, almost every professional across most fields uses LinkedIn to grow their career, some of whom have flourished to become thought leaders.

linkedin mission statement

06. Asana : “To help humanity thrive by enabling the world's teams to work together effortlessly.”

asana mission statement

This personalized mission statement example lets us grasp Asana’s unique approach as a business. It wants to express warm sentiment to its audience, which is kind of unexpected coming from a tech company. It also lays out an inclusive goal to expand its reach to the “world’s team,” leaving no one out.

Asana mission statement example

07. Forbes : “To convene, curate and cover the most influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact on the world.”

Forbes isn’t just a publication, it’s a brand. Its mission statement shines the spotlight on those selected individuals it caters to - influential leaders and entrepreneurs - and what that should mean to the rest of us. If we aren’t paying attention to Forbes, then we should really start doing so, as to not fall behind in this ever changing world.

forbes mission statement

08. Microsoft : “To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

This sounds more like a motivational poster on high school walls rather than a mission statement brought to you by the multi-billion dollar corporation Microsoft. It conjures up the image of a utopian society promoting unity and transparency. Essentially, Microsoft believes in us so that we can elevate our world to a better position.

microsoft mission statement

09. Starbucks : “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

starbucks mission statement

Personally, this mission statement example hits home. For many, it's impossible to think of a morning without a cup of coffee. Starbucks is not only dedicated to its customers but has the intention to also reach customers’ communities, taking a vow in the people and places it serves.

Starbucks mission statement example

10. American Red Cross : “To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

American Red Cross has been around for over a century. It’s an established organization that is synonymous with helping people in times of crises. Nonetheless, its mission statement is solid as a rock and resonates with a brighter message of hope, unity and humanity.

red cross mission statement

11. MoMA : “To share great modern and contemporary art with the public.”

The Museum of Modern Art is an international gem. Artists and art lovers alike flock to its pristine structure in Midtown, New York, but this institution wants its audience to know through its mission statement example that MoMA’s doors are open to all. Art is for everyone.

MoMA mission statement

12. Peace Corps : “To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.”

Some organizations don’t just dream big, they act on it. The Peace Corps enjoys an outstanding reputation as being an entity of volunteers who are making a difference through their service and commitment to “world peace.” Its mission statement clearly defines the group’s goals and inspires others to embrace those same values.

peace corps mission statement

13. The Walt Disney Company : “To entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling, reflecting the iconic brands, creative minds and innovative technologies that make ours the world’s premier entertainment company.”

walt disney mission statement

All of Disney’s core values are on display in this lengthy mission statement. In it, you can also find elements that are typically seen in a business plan, including the different products and services (storytelling and iconic brands) and management and organization (world’s premier entertainment company). This is why The Walt Disney Company is a global powerhouse.

The Walt Disney Company mission statement example

14. Twitter : “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly without barriers.”

Presidents can’t seem to go a day without Twitter and neither can we. The social media giant has forever changed our way of communicating with the rest of the world as it has elegantly stated in its mission statement, “share ideas and information… without barriers.”

twitter mission statement

15. Airbnb : “To create a world where anyone can belong anywhere and we are focused on creating an end-to-end travel platform that will handle every part of your trip.”

Belonging is a big part of Airbnb’s story. The company wants to regain the feeling of a community and rebuild trust in one another that existed hundreds of years ago when “cities used to be villages.” That’s why, when you do business with Airbnb, you’re also being welcomed into an extensive network of other like-minded people with whom you’ll connect.

airbinb mission statement

16. Casper : “To awaken the potential of a well-rested world.”

casper mission statement

The use of “awaken” in Casper’s mission statement is a great play on words that reflects what they do: create high-quality mattresses and pillows. Casper is indeed an award-winning sleep company solely focused on a single goal, as highlighted in its mission statement, that supports a “well-rested world.”

Capser mission statement example

17. Ikea: “To offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low, that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.”

Like its products, Ikea tries to be as straightforward with its approach. In its mission statement, we understand that this is a business that wants to be accessible and flexible to just about any budget.

IKEA mission statement

18. Prezi : “To reinvent how people share knowledge, tell stories, and inspire their audiences to act.”

Think about your last presentation and whether it captivated your viewers or not. Prezi wants to push the envelope on the act of presenting. It boldly sets out to change the way we share information in the hope that we can engage our audiences on a whole new level.

prezi mission statement

19. Patagonia : “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

When you shop at Patagonia, you’re also making an investment in the greater case of environmental protection. This is part of a popular shift where more individuals are concerned with ecological sustainability when it comes to production and consumption. During their shopping experience, Patagonia customers want to know that they are not only receiving but also giving back.

patagonia mission statement

20. Sony : “To fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity.”

At its core, Sony is a company based on innovation. It has banked on its ability to see things differently than the rest. Yet, Sony also wants to reach and fill our hearts, as it eloquently insinuates in its mission statement.

sony mission statement

21. Nike : “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

nike mission statement

Nike knows that we can’t all be athletes, but this sports company thrives on its ability to inspire us to find the inner athlete in ourselves. Then, Nike adds in its follow-up message, “If you have a body, you are an athlete,” making a definitive call for inclusion in the sports and fitness arena.

Nike mission statement examples

Common mission statement mistakes to avoid

When you are coming up with your mission statement, it is important to be aware of potential pitfalls. Make sure to avoid these 3 common mistakes:

Making it too long. Your mission statement should be concise and to the point, no more than a few sentences long. Many people think that the more they write, the clearer their message will be, but the opposite is true. Sometimes less truly is more. Coca Cola , one of the largest brands in the world gets it right with their short but telling statement " refresh the world, make a difference ." Amazon also opted for a very short one, " to be Earth's most consumer-centric company." This sums up their commitment to customer service.

Making it too vague. Your mission statement should be specific and actionable. It should not be so vague that it is impossible to measure your progress. A mission statement like "to make the world a better place", for example, gives you almost no clue what the company is for or what they want to do. A more effective mission statement might be "to provide clean water to people in developing countries."

Not being unique. Your mission statement should be unique, written only with your company in mind. It should never be a copy of someone else's mission statement. This helps you stand out from the competition and make a positive impression on your customers and employees.

What to do with your mission statement

Once you have your mission statement ready, it’s time to debut it to your team. This will ensure that everyone understands your company's purpose and how their work contributes to achieving that purpose.

Your mission statement should also be a guiding force for your decisions. When you are faced with a decision, ask yourself how it aligns what you have already written. For example, if your mission statement is to "provide quality education to all children," you wouldn't make a decision to cut funding for after-school programs. If the decision doesn't align with your mission statement, then it may not be the best use of your time and resources.

As your company grows and changes, it's important to review your mission statement to make sure it's still relevant. If it isn't, then it may not be as effective in guiding your decision-making or motivating your team.

You can review your mission statement on a regular basis, such as once a year or every two years. When you review your mission statement, ask yourself the following questions:

Does the mission statement still accurately reflect our purpose?

Is the mission statement still inspiring and motivating to our team?

Is the mission statement still relevant to our current goals?

If you answer "no" to any of these questions, then you may need to revise your mission statement.

Mission statement examples FAQ

What is a good mission statement example.

A good mission statement is clear, concise, and memorable. It should be specific enough to guide decision-making, but general enough to allow for growth and change. A good mission statement should also be inspiring and aspirational, and should motivate employees, volunteers, and donors to work hard to achieve the organization's goals.

Here are some examples of good mission statements:

Wix: “Create your own professional web presence—exactly the way you want.”

Google: “To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Ted: “Spread ideas.”

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17 Seriously Inspiring Mission and Vision Statement Examples (2024)

Money is a by-product of value .

So, to thrive in the long run, businesses must remain focused on producing value.

However, it’s easy to lose sight of value creation and get sidetracked by other things like profit margins, expanding your product catalogs , or competitors.

To become a runaway success, businesses must have a purpose that unites and inspires people – “make more money” won’t do the trick. As the author Simon Sinek said , “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

This is why organizations create mission and vision statements.

These statements unify the organization and keep everyone focused on what really matters – because if you get these things right, the profits will follow.

This post will give you an introduction to the two statements. Plus, we’ll share some great mission and vision statement examples to help inspire your own. 

Now, let’s dive in.

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What is a Mission Statement?

A mission statement is a short summary of an organization’s core purpose, focus, and aims. This usually includes a brief description of what the organization does and its key objectives.

What is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is a short description of an organization’s aspirations and the wider impact it aims to create. It should be a guiding beacon to everyone within the organization and something which underpins internal decision-making and determines the intended direction of the organization.

Mission Statement vs Vision Statement: What’s The Difference?

In short: The mission is the “ what ” and the “ how ,” and the vision is the “ why .”

The mission statement defines what an organization does and includes tangible goals which the organization strives to accomplish. The vision statement, meanwhile, should clarify the aspirations of the organization and define the direction it’s heading in.

Many organizations combine the two statements to form one clearly defined reason for existing that unites the efforts of everyone involved.

Does Your Business Need Mission and Vision Statements?

Mission and vision statements are signposts.

Effective mission and vision statements will unify the focus of an organization – for the organization and their target audience .

Okay, but what if you’re only just starting a business ?

Well, whether you’re a massive corporation or a solopreneur , you can use mission and vision statements to gain clarity and ensure that you consistently make decisions in line with your ultimate goals.

These statements also help you develop a stronger brand that differentiates you from the competition.

Now, let’s look at some examples.

Mission and Vision Statement Examples

For quick reference, here are 17 examples of mission and vision statements from highly successful businesses:

  • Tesla : To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
  • Nike : Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. *If you have a body, you are an athlete.
  • MVMT : Style shouldn’t break the bank.
  • Warby Parker : To offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses.
  • Shopify : Make commerce better for everyone, so businesses can focus on what they do best: building and selling their products.
  • Patagonia : Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
  • IKEA : To create a better everyday life for the many people.
  • TED : Spread ideas.
  • Amazon : To be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online.
  • Southwest Airlines : To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.
  • Google : To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
  • Asos : Become the world’s number-one destination for fashion-loving 20-somethings.
  • Loreal : To provide the best in cosmetics innovation to women and men around the world with respect for their diversity.
  • Bulletproof : Help people perform better, think faster, and live better.
  • Honest Tea : Create and promote great-tasting, healthy, organic beverages.
  • Starbucks: To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
  • Passionfruit: Create inclusive clothing and accessories that enable you to show your pride all year round while giving back to our community.

17 Inspiring Mission and Vision Statements Explained

Now you know what they are and how they serve organizations, let’s take a closer look at these mission and vision statement examples and draw out the key components.

Tesla Vision statement

Mission statement: To create the most compelling car company of the 21st century by driving the world’s transition to electric vehicles.

Vision statement: To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Tesla’s mission and vision statements are a class act.

Their mission statement clearly defines their core goal: “To create the most compelling car company of the 21st century.” Then it tells you how they intend to accomplish that goal: “By driving the world’s transition to electric vehicles.”

It’s simple and it works.

However, it’s Tesla’s vision statement that stands out.

The car company’s clever use of the world “accelerate” helps to enliven their lofty aspiration. This vision statement also showcases their drive (pun intended) for sustainable energy and how it steers (pun intended) the business.

It also allows them room to explore and develop their other set of energy solutions, Powerwall, Powerpack and Solar Roof.

All in all, Tesla’s vision for sustainable energy is one that resonates with countless people around the world.

Nike Vision Statement

Mission statement: Create groundbreaking sports innovations, make our products sustainably, build a creative and diverse global team, and make a positive impact in communities where we live and work.

Vision statement: Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

*If you have a body, you are an athlete.

Nike’s mission statement might sound run-of-the-mill, but it effectively sums up what they aim to do and how they aim to do it.

Take note of the words that declare Nike’s underlying company values: Innovation, sustainability, diversity, and community.

However, it’s Nike’s vision statement that has captured the hearts of millions.

“To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world” sounds a little vague at first. It’s Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman’s addition that hits you right in the feels: “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

Bowerman’s statement staunchly stands up against body-shaming and is a powerful call for inclusion. And it’s not hard to see this shape Nike’s philosophy and marketing:

As a result, Nike’s vision statement is transformed into a moving sentiment that impacts every person who reads it. It’s also one of the best vision statement examples for business owners to use for inspiration.

MVMT Vision statement

Mission and vision statement: We were founded on the belief that style shouldn’t break the bank. Our goal is to change the way you think about fashion by delivering premium designs at radically fair prices.

MVMT have combined their company mission statement and vision statement and addressed it directly to customers.

It begins with the vision: “Style shouldn’t break the bank.”

This business vision statement cuts straight to the point and perfectly sums up MVMT’s key selling proposition of high-quality fashion watches at low prices.

The statement then goes on to explain the mission.

First, they tell you what they aim to achieve: “Change the way you think about fashion.” Then, they tell you how they intend to do it: “By delivering premium designs at radically fair prices.”

It’s short, punchy, and music to customers’ ears.

4.  Warby Parker

Warby Parker Vision statement

Mission statement: Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: To offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses.

Vision statement: We believe that buying glasses should be easy and fun. It should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket. We also believe that everyone has the right to see.

Warby Parker’s mission statement reminds us of why it was founded and then reveals its aims for a better future.

Note their core business aim: “Offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price.”

In the vision statement, they address the core problems consumers face when purchasing glasses: It can be annoying, boring, costly, and still leave you anxious about whether or not they look good.

Instead, they aim to solve these problems and make buying glasses easy, fun, pleasing, and inexpensive.

Both statements also mention Warby Parker's dedication to providing glasses to people in need around the world.

Shopify Vision statement

Vision statement: Make commerce better for everyone, so businesses can focus on what they do best: building and selling their products.

Shopify’s vision statement begins with their overarching vision: to make commerce better for everyone.

Then they promote the reason why they’re driven to remove the hassle and complications of managing an ecommerce website: so businesses can focus on what’s most important to them.

Shopify’s business mission statement and vision are clear: empower businesses.

6. Patagonia

Patagonia Vision Statement

Mission and vision statement: Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Patagonia starts with the basis of their success in business: high-quality products .

Then they explain their environmental stance in three points which explain their aim to make their business as environmentally friendly as possible and actively combat the environmental crisis.

Patagonia goes on to say, “a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them.”

And the business isn’t afraid to put their money where their mouth is. The company donates at least 1% of its sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups around the world.

If you’re looking for vision and statement examples that clearly articulate a company’s values and goals, this is one right here.

IKEA Vision statement

Mission statement: Offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

Vision statement: To create a better everyday life for the many people.

IKEA’s mission statement is clear and to the point.

Note the use of the words, “wide range,” “well-designed,” “functional,” and “prices so low.” If you’ve ever been to IKEA you’ll know how well they’ve managed to embody these attributes.

IKEA’s vision statement focuses their mission statement into one singular purpose: “To create a better everyday life for the many people.”

Both statements use inclusive phrasing that solidifies IKEA’s commitment to being accessible to “as many people as possible.”

Mission statement: Spread ideas.

Vision statement: We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.

TED , which stands for “technology, education, and design,” managed to boil down their entire mission into two simple, yet powerful words: “Spread ideas.”

With such a simple, highly focused mission, it’s easy to see how the TED brand has become a global phenomenon in recent years.

It’s a truly great mission statement that focuses all of their efforts.

“Everything we do – from our Conferences to our TED Talks to the projects sparked by The Audacious Project, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series – is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?”

In what could be considered their vision statement, TED goes on to explain that they “believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

Mission statement: We strive to offer our customers the lowest possible prices, the best available selection, and the utmost convenience.

Vision statement: To be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online.

Amazon ’s mission statement sums up the three things that have made them loved by millions: low prices, a huge selection, and incredible convenience.

Like all great mission statements, it shines a light on the values that bring success.

Amazon’s vision statement brings these elements together into one unified goal: “To be Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

10. Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Vision Statement

Mission statement: The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit.

Vision statement: To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.

Southwest Airlines is all about customer service .

Their mission statement summarizes this dedication to customers and highlights the importance of one-to-one interactions between staff and customers.

So it’s no surprise that Southwest’s vision statement is “to become the world’s most loved, most flown airline.”

However, although they heavily emphasize customer service , they don’t forget to mention the thing which allows the company to exist in the first place: profit.

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Google’s mission statement perfectly summarizes what they aim to do.

Take note of the last word: “useful.”

Google understands that it doesn’t matter how well organized or accessible information is if it can’t be readily applied in life.

Their mission statement is brilliant.

But unfortunately, Google doesn’t seem to have a vision statement that clarifies the reasons why they want to organize the world’s information for everyone to use.

ASOS Vision statement

Mission statement: Become the world’s number-one destination for fashion-loving 20-somethings.

Asos’ mission statement solidifies their purpose by voicing exactly what they want to achieve.

In what could be considered their vision statement, they go on to say, “We focus on fashion as a force for good, inspiring young people to express their best selves and achieve amazing things. We believe fashion thrives on individuality and should be fun for everyone.”

The addition gets a little vague in places, such as wanting young people to “achieve amazing things” – I mean, don’t we all?

However, it successfully showcases their brand image and their passion for individuality and expression .

Loreal Vision Statement

Mission statement: To provide the best in cosmetics innovation to women and men around the world with respect for their diversity.

Loreal’s mission statement comprises two key parts.

The first lays out their dedication to providing the best in cosmetics innovation. The second is all about inclusivity.

This is key.

They aim to include people from all over the world, “with respect for their diversity.”

And despite most companies marketing cosmetics solely to women, Loreal is looking to the future as gender stereotypes break down.

This type of sensitivity and awareness will position Loreal for long-term success.

14. Bulletproof

Bulletproof Vision statement

Mission and vision statement: “Help people perform better, think faster, and live better using a proven blend of ancient knowledge and brand new technologies, tempered by research, science, and measured results from our customers, top athletes, and medical professionals.”

Bulletproof has combined their vision and mission in one short paragraph.

It starts with their purpose: “Help people perform better, think faster, and live better.” Then it goes on to explain exactly how they plan to do it: Using ancient knowledge, brand new technologies, and science.

Sure, it’s a little wordy.

But it gets to the heart of why Bulletproof exists and how they plan to make an impact on the world as a business.

As a result, Bulletproof’s mission and vision statement is well-suited to unify everyone in the company and guide their decisions.

15. Honest Tea

Honest Vision Statement

Mission statement: Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, healthy, organic beverages. We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and integrity we use to craft our recipes, with sustainability and great taste for all.

Honest Tea’s mission statement aims to live up to their brand name.

It starts by explaining what it is they do, and by doing so, they also tell you what they don’t do: chemical-laden, artificially produced beverages.

They’re talking directly to their target market and conferring their key selling proposition: beverages that are great-tasting and healthy.

They go on to showcase their values by using words like honesty, integrity, and sustainability.

And this brand doesn’t just talk the talk – they walk the walk.

Each year, the company publishes a Mission Report in an effort to be transparent about their business practices.

16. Starbucks

starbucks' vision statement

Mission statement: To inspire and nurture the human spirit—one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

Another short and sweet mission statement that tells a lot about the company.

Starbucks doesn’t use big sentences or fancy words to communicate its goals. It uses clear, simple, and direct language to express what the company wants to be and for whom.  

They aspire to be known for more than just coffee by creating a culture of warmth and exclusivity.

In other words, Starbucks wants to ensure that anyone who comes through its doors feels welcomed and at home.

17. Passionfruit

passionfruit vision statement

Mission statement : We strive to create inclusive clothing and accessories that enable you to show your pride all year round while giving back to our community.

The folks at Passionfruit strive to promote the idea that pride is not just a one-day event.

Rather than making their mission statement about trendy clothes for the LBGTQ+ community, they promote the idea that pride is an everyday expression of oneself.

And by doing so, they remind people that the brand is aligned with LBGTQ+ values and supports the community by giving back.

All in all, it’s clear that Passionfruit wants everyone to recognize the truth for the queer community and spread inspiration – we’ll take it.

Done right, mission and vision statements are powerful things.

They can unify an entire organization’s efforts and be the signpost that continually focuses everyone’s efforts on the things that truly matter.

The key to great mission and vision statements is clarity.

Remember, a mission statement is the “ what ” and the “ how ,” and the vision statement is the “ why .”

Plus, it doesn’t matter how large or small your business is, every business can benefit from strong mission and vision statements.

If you’re considering writing a mission or vision statement for your business, start with your core values. Then, consider the wider impact you hope to have on the world through your customers.

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By Joe Weller | October 23, 2018

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In this article, you’ll find the most useful tips for writing mission and vision statements, examples of mission and vision statements from leading global organizations, and free Word, PDF, and Google Docs templates to get you started.

Mission Statement Worksheet Template

Mission Statement Worksheet

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The mission statement worksheet will help you gather the information, ideas, words, and phrases to generate a mission statement. You can share the template solely within your organization or with clients, customers, directors, suppliers, and others who can help shape your message.

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This mission statement template presents a series of who, what, why, and how questions to explore your organization’s function, clients, and purpose. It is available in Word and Google Docs formats, so you can easily save it to your Google Drive and share with relevant parties.

Vision Statement Worksheet Template

Vision Statement Worksheet

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Print or share this vision statement worksheet to gather ideas from employees, clients, and other stakeholders about what your organization’s vision should be. This template includes space for users to draw or insert an image of their vision for the organization.

What Is a Mission Statement of a Company?

A mission statement is a quick, succinct, memorable way of communicating a business or nonprofit’s unique purpose, function, and day-to-day goals to employees, clients, and other stakeholders. Mission statements are usually part of the business plan and often form part of the executive summary . Functioning in such capacities, mission statements can become the summation of a business strategy.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement describes the ultimate goals and overarching purpose of a for-profit or nonprofit organization. A vision statement can serve as the cornerstone of strategic planning, providing an organization with direction and a general destination as well as defining its aspirations and values. Some say that the vision statement is what would remain if an organization could no longer produce a particular product or service.

Mission Statement Examples for Businesses

Following are some examples of mission statements for for-profit companies:

  • Warby Parker: Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses.
  • American Express: We work hard every day to make American Express the world's most respected service brand.
  • Workday: Workday was founded on a disruptive idea: to put people at the center of enterprise software.
  • Disney: Our mission is to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services, and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative, and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world.
  • Louis Vuitton: The mission of the LVMH group is to represent the most refined qualities of Western “Art de Vivre” around the world. LVMH must continue to be synonymous with both elegance and creativity. Our products, and the cultural value they embody, blend tradition and innovation and kindle dream and fantasy.
  • Tesla: Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
  • Starbucks: To inspire and nurture the human spirit — one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

Mission Statement Examples for Nonprofits

  • NPR: The mission of NPR is to work in partnership with Member Stations to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.
  • Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]): MSF was created in the belief that all people should have access to healthcare regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, or political affiliation and that people’s medical needs outweigh respect for national boundaries.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. 
  • Heifer International: Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. 
  • The New York Public Library: The mission of the New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. 
  • Livestrong: We improve the lives of people affected by cancer, now. 
  • Ted Talks: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks (18 minutes or less). 

Example Business Vision Statements

Here are some examples of business vision statements:

  • Patagonia: Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
  • IKEA: At IKEA our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people.
  • Boeing: People working together as a global enterprise for aerospace industry leadership.
  • BBC: The BBC’s vision is to be the most creative organisation in the world.
  • Ben & Jerry’s: Making the best ice cream, in the nicest possible way.
  • Progressive: Progressive’s vision is to reduce the human trauma and economic costs associated with automobile accidents.
  • ASOS: Our vision is to become the world’s number-one destination for fashion-loving 20-somethings.

Example Nonprofit Vision Statements

Here are some examples of nonprofit vision statements:

  • VFW: Our vision is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
  • Amnesty International: Amnesty International’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.
  • ASPCA: Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law.
  • Cleveland Clinic: We strive to be the world’s leader in patient experience, clinical outcomes, research, and education.
  • Ducks Unlimited: The vision of Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.
  • Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

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What Is the Difference Between a Mission Statement and a Vision Statement?

A mission statement describes the purpose and day-to-day effort of an organization. A vision statement describes an organization’s ultimate goal or future outcome. But the two work in tandem: A vision statement expresses what you ultimately want to achieve; a mission statement articulates what you will do to get there.

Together, the mission and vision statements provide direction and destination. (You outline the actual specifics of how to achieve a mission or vision when discussing goals and objectives.) The terms mission statement and vision statement are sometimes used interchangeably. In addition, people sometimes substitute the word mantra for the term mission statement. However, strictly speaking, a mantra refers to a value-loaded slogan.

Senior managers usually craft mission and vision statements for an organization. Managers at other levels may prepare mission or vision statements for specific departments or programs.

What Are the Benefits of Mission and Vision Statements?

Mission and vision statements chart a path for pursuing consistent quality and values (i.e., the things that will keep your core clients loyal over the years). A mission statement provides a guidepost for your employees, helping them to prioritize efforts, especially in times of crisis or indecision. A mission statement even gives them a way to promote your organization, including to future employees. A mission statement also becomes part of your branding and advertising, offering a quick, clear message for social media and other platforms. Therefore, it’s crucial to be precise in creating a message so that it isn’t vulnerable to interpretation. To craft an effective mission statement, you must view it as a living reference and not merely as a dusty printout on a cubicle wall.

Vision statements provide a common goal for all organization members and stakeholders. They supply a strategic framework for management and inspire employees, guiding them toward ethical operational decisions. Along with mission statements, vision statements also arm employees with a communication tool for reaching stakeholders outside the organization. But mission and vision statements aren’t just for the cafeteria and the boardroom — consider sharing them with clients and potential clients on social media, on packaging, on company swag, and elsewhere.

Should Mission and Vision Statements Ever Change?

Opinions vary widely on whether you should ever change mission or vision statements. Because both of these statements define an organization’s purpose, goals, culture, ethics, and decision-making framework, some experts say they should never change — they believe that although goals may change as you achieve them, mission and vision statements (if written properly) should remain the same. Other sources suggest that a mission statement should cover a limited time (two to 10 years), but that a vision statement, capturing the values of an organization, should remain the same. Still, others feel that a vision statement should change because, ideally, a company should ultimately achieve its long-term goals. Of course, if your organization undergoes radical changes, you will, undoubtedly, want to update either or both statements.

What Needs to Be in a Mission Statement?

A mission statement should include a description of what your organization does, who your clients are, how you fulfill the company’s purpose, and what that purpose is. Ideally, in 30 seconds or less, your readers should understand what the organization offers customers, clients, employees, managers, owners, and potentially even the community and the planet. The statement should also communicate how the company achieves this.

When crafting a mission statement, consider focusing on one or two key functions that can define the organization for employees, external stakeholders, and the public. A mission statement must be as short as possible while still being memorable and lucid in communicating your organization’s purpose. Some experts advise creating a two to six-word tagline, along with mission statements that are longer than 15 words. You may have a longer version for internal use and a shorter, customer-facing version. You may also have bullet points for each area of focus.

Once you’ve created a draft, ask yourself if it could apply to any business or non-profit or if it successfully captures your organization’s uniqueness. Define the essence of your organization and what makes it distinctive.

Buzzwords and Jargon to Cut from Your Mission and Vision Statements

Anybody can throw a lofty sentiment into a statement and then forget about it, or speak in obscure technical terms. Avoid these pitfalls and communicate your organization’s uniqueness directly and clearly. Eliminate phrases such as the following from your copy, and focus on concrete descriptions and aspirations:

  • World class
  • Superior customer service
  • Be the best possible
  • To maximize investor returns
  • Highly valued

Look for other bloated, generic words and phrases that you can delete from your message.

How Do You Create an Effective Mission Statement?

Depending on the nature of your organization, you may start researching and drafting a mission statement on your own or with a small group of team members. Remember that if you begin on your own, the development process should not continue in isolation. You’ll get the best result if you both include at least a few stakeholders in the drafting and review process and get buy-in from all those concerned. Here are steps for creating an effective mission statement:

Consider reviewing mission statements from organizations similar to yours to see what you like and what approaches are relevant for you.

Sit down and write or brainstorm as a group. Make a list of keywords and phrases that describe your organization. Or, you can do the following:

  • Write down your organization’s main purpose and function as well as its unique strengths. What is it that we do? What do we create? Why does it matter? How does it make a difference?
  • List by type your organization’s main clients, or target buyer personas , internal or external. Detail what good the organization provides for each type of client.
  • Describe how the organization treats employees, but only if you intend to pursue respectful and unique treatment.
  • Describe the returns and advantages for business owners or non-profit managers and directors. What do you want to gain from the organization? Profits? A happy, productive workforce?

List these characteristics in order of importance to your organization.

Use these characteristics to create a short paragraph of no more than five or six sentences.

Get feedback on this paragraph, not only from employees and other internal stakeholders, but from suppliers, clients, and customers. Will your employees support this statement? Do outsiders believe it accurately reflects your organization?

Consolidate your paragraphs into one concise statement. Although the ideal mission statement is 20 or fewer words, keep in mind that a longer message (anywhere from 50 to 250 words) is perfectly acceptable as long as it is impactful. Remember that you can always make it shorter and punchier at some point in the future.

Share the final product with everyone. Post it on the wall in the lobby. Tweet it. Add it to your webpage. Consider all the ways you can publish your new mission statement.

As one final step, consider noting every place that your mission statement is published. That way, if you have to update your message, you can disseminate it everywhere simultaneously and include an explanation as to why.

What to Include in a Vision Statement?

Vision statements should be short (usually no longer than two sentences), memorable, aspirational, and compelling. The average length ranges from 10 to 15 words (a vision statement of 30 words would be considered long). Aim for fewer than 20 words, and then see if you can pare down the statement even further.

A vision statement should describe your organization’s unique aspirations and should, therefore, be precise. It should also align with your values. Because a vision statement depicts the broad, long-term vision, it should present optimistic, but realistic expectations — that is, ones that your employees can reasonably work with. Above all, the values that you convey must be relatable for your employees, directors, investors, and customers. Here’s what to include in a vision statement:

  • Focus on the Future: Describe your aspirations for how the organization should look and feel in the future and what it should accomplish.
  • Specify a Clear Vision: Provide direction that’s clear and focused enough to shape decision making. Make the statement concise and easy to read and remember. Some sources suggest focusing on one objective. If you must elaborate, do it in an additional document.
  • Make the Scope Broad: At the same time, a vision should be general enough to encompass changing possibilities.
  • Make It Achievable: A vision shouldn’t be so abstract and lofty as to never be attainable.
  • Make It Inspiring: Members of your organization and outside stakeholders should be inspired to extend themselves and organization resources in order to achieve a greater goal.
  • Find Something Stable: Your vision statement should define a goal that has a reasonable expectation of success despite economic, technological, or other shifts.
  • Pinpoint a Date: Specify the future date by which the company should have achieved the goal.
  • Include Relevant Goals and Values: Ensure that the statement applies to current and foreseeable efforts and challenges.

What Makes Your Organization Unique? Define what differentiates your company from all other organizations and why that quality is crucial to both internal stakeholders and clients.

How Do You Create a Compelling Vision Statement?

Just as you might collaborate to create a mission statement, consider working as a group to research and draft a vision statement. And, ask your internal and external stakeholders to review the draft statement before you commit to a final version. Here are the steps to creating a compelling vision statement:

Write down your organization’s main purpose and function. Convey how you help clients or customers.

List keywords and phrases that describe your vision for your organization.

Describe what is unique about your organization’s approach to its primary purpose.

Send your draft out for review.

Publish the final version.

Vision Statement Template

Are you holding back from drafting a vision statement? This template gives you a sentence format, so you can simply add the words that best sum up your vision for your organization. But don’t write just one — use the template to write several iterations until you hone in on the words and ideas that work best.

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A solid business plan will not only provide a framework for your business going forward but will also give you an early opportunity to organize and refine your thoughts and define your mission statement, providing a guidepost that can serve as a beacon for your business for years to come. We’ve provided a business plan template below to help guide you in the creation of your new enterprise.

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A business plan is a framework for success. It provides a number of key benefits:

  • Structure. The outline around which to design your business.
  • Operational guidance. A signpost for how to run your business from day to day.
  • Expansion. A vision for the future growth of your enterprise.
  • Definition. A platform to consider every element of your business and how best to execute your plans for them.
  • Collaboration. A synopsis of what’s exceptional about your business and a way to attract funding, investment or partnerships.
  • Onboarding. An efficient summary of your business for new or potential employees.

Business plan examples

We’ve created two fictional companies to illustrate how a business might use a business plan to sketch out goals and opportunities as well as forecast revenue.

Bling, Incorporated

Our first hypothetical example is a jewelry and accessory creator called Bling, Incorporated. A hybrid business that manufactures its products for sale both online and through physical retail channels, Bling’s mission statement is focused on transforming simple, inexpensive ingredients into wearable statement pieces of art. 

Market analysis includes gathering data around sourcing sustainable, inexpensive components, aesthetic trends in fashion and on which platforms competitors have had success in advertising jewelry to prospective customers. Logistics include shipping products, negotiating with retailers, establishing an e-commerce presence and material and manufacturing costs. 

Bling, Incorporated advertises initially through social platforms like TikTok and Facebook, as well as with Google AdSense, with plans to eventually expand to television advertising. Revenue forecasting is structured around a low overhead on the basis of inexpensive materials, no dedicated storefront and broad reach through digital platforms.

Phaeton Custom Cars

Phaeton is a custom car builder and classic car restoration business with a regional focus and reach. Its mission statement defines it as a local, family-owned business serving a community of auto enthusiasts and a broader regional niche of collectors. 

Market analysis breaks down the location and facilities of other competitor shops in the region as well as online communities of regional car enthusiasts likely to spend money on custom modifications or restoration projects. It also examines trends in valuations for custom parts and vintage cars. Logistics include pricing out parts and labor, finding skilled or apprentice laborers and mortgaging a garage and equipment. 

Phaeton advertises in regional publications, at local events and regional car shows and online through Facebook and Instagram, with an emphasis on a social presence highlighting their flashiest builds. Revenue forecasting is built around a growing reputation and high-value commissions.

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A business plan may not be a prerequisite for every type of business, but there are few businesses that wouldn’t benefit from one. It can serve as an important strategic tool and help crystalize a vision of your business and its future.

Business plans do just that: they help you plan the future of your business, serve as a platform to brainstorm ideas and think through your vision and are a great tool for showcasing why your business works to potential investors or partners.

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The perfect mission statement template to guide your company

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You may have a clear vision of your company’s mission and vision, but your employees and clients need to see it, too. Whether you run a fresh startup or an established business, a mission statement serves as a central message to help employees rally around a common goal and excite consumers about investing with your brand. Using a mission statement template gives you a simple framework to ensure you incorporate key elements into your statement.

This article walks you through mission statement templates to help you write an effective company mission statement. We’ll also provide a mission statement template to get you started with this unifying task. Before we jump into examples, we’ll start from the beginning and outline the purpose of a mission statement and the value it can bring.

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What is a mission statement template?

A mission statement template is a customizable framework that lets you break down the key elements of a mission statement. It helps you think of ideas you might not consider and brainstorm keywords to include in your mission statement. Every mission statement is unique, representing what sets each organization apart, but they all include concise ideas that condense the company’s overall purpose into a simple statement that’s easy to include in elevator pitches, about us pages, or social media profiles.

It includes sections for information such as your company’s purpose, products, and services to help you pull out key ideas and phrases.

Though it’s more obvious why companies need a mission statement, it may feel less clear how a template is a stronger alternative to pen and paper, a whiteboard, or an online doc. To help ascertain a template’s value, we’ll quickly go over some of its benefits.

The benefits creating your mission statement from a template

A mission statement template helps focus your attention on the important elements and ideas you should include in a company mission. The structured format keeps those ideas organized and makes them easier to reference as you refine your statement.

With the data saved in the template, you can revisit it as your company grows or shifts directions to update your mission statement.

A template can also provide an opportunity for every member of your team to provide input as you write a mission statement.

They can follow your thought process and understand how you arrived at the concepts included in a mission statement draft. That collaboration lets others expand on your ideas to create an accurate mission statement that encompasses the core ideals of your organization.

Your business structure and purpose can affect the way you create your mission statement. Looking into a variety of existing templates helps you choose the best one for your needs. To make it even simpler to understand what to include in your mission statement, we’ll provide a few ideas.

What are some examples of mission statement templates?

When choosing a mission statement template, consider what type of organization you run and your goals for creating the mission statement. Mission statements can be as important for nonprofits or individuals as they are for businesses, which is why templates exist for various scenarios. Let’s check out a few examples.

Business mission statement template

Business mission statement templates help you explain your company, breaking down what it does and helping teams articulate the why behind the products or services it provides. The resulting statement can help you attract new employees, inspire current employees, and connect with potential customers.

Nonprofit mission statement template

A nonprofit mission statement template focuses on how your nonprofit helps the community. It encourages you to explore the purpose of your nonprofit organization with a focus on the group or groups it serves and what you do for them. Completing a nonprofit mission statement template helps you create messaging that aligns employees with your target population’s needs or engage in fundraising or awareness campaigns.

Personal mission statement template

Personal mission statement templates focus on an individual’s mission, helping them define professional values and goals. As a leader, completing a personal mission statement can help you better understand your leadership style and align your personal mission to your organization’s mission. This type of template also works as an exercise for individuals at all levels to encourage them to think about their goals and values and how they relate to career paths or current life situations.

Of course, setting your mission down in writing is only the first step in pointing yourself or your organization toward the right goals and efforts. Creating and working on your mission statement on a Work OS can help you maintain alignment with goals at all levels and in every task. To help you start creating your mission statement right away, monday.com has a template that helps small companies, enterprises, and freelancers alike form their statement. Let’s check out how the template can specifically help you.

What makes the monday.com mission statement template different

monday.com’s free mission statement template helps you create a unified message about your mission by:

  • Providing a framework: A clear format guides you through each step of creating your mission statement. This takes the guesswork out of compiling useful information that might be important for your company’s mission.
  • Encouraging collaboration: With all of your mission statement information in one location that’s easy to share, you can collaborate and brainstorm as a team to think through the mission statement carefully.
  • Saving ideas in one spot: Company missions can evolve over time, so consolidating the information into one template makes it easy to look back on when you want to review your mission statement.

Monday.com offers customizable templates that work seamlessly with Google Sheets to give you more control over your data. Once you add your mission statement data to the templates, you can share it among your team members through monday.com’s Work OS, who can then access that data whenever they need it.

Your mission statement guides your company’s direction and activities, but it focuses only on a high-level view of what you do. Pairing it with other tools and templates to drill down to the details can help you develop a well-rounded strategy for making decisions and growing your company.

Mission statement template in table form from monday.com

Templates you can use alongside the mission statement template

Your mission statement is one part of your overall strategy for running and growing your business. Related templates help you expand upon the mission statement, creating more detailed guidance and plans of action.

Strategic plan template

A strategic plan template helps you define your goals and identify specific actions to help achieve those goals. It’s an internal document that helps employees understand how to help the company achieve its goals. Your company’s mission statement is an integral part of developing goals that align with your overall direction.

Business plan template

Our business plan template lets you enter vision statements and objectives, overviews of products and services, marketing strategies, and other crucial parts of a business plan. While a mission statement provides a general overview of the company’s purpose, a business plan goes into more detail to guide operational decisions and help your company grow.

Statement of work template

With our statement of work template , you can document details of a specific project. A statement of work typically includes the scope, timeline, deliverables, activities, and other key details about a project. A standard template offers consistency across all projects — ensuring better communication that can drive efficiencies. The detailed documentation also helps you evaluate projects to ensure they align with your mission statement.

We’ve gone over its definition, why mission statement templates are helpful, and provided some example templates to help you get started, but to provide even more insight into mission statements, we’ll address a few commonly asked questions.

Mission statement FAQs

What is an example of a mission statement.

An example mission statement for a fictional salon could look something like this: “Main Street Salon’s mission is to provide trendy, customized cut and color services and stellar customer service for men and women. We use high-quality natural products to help our clients achieve healthy hair without sacrificing style.”

What are three things a mission statement should have?

A mission statement explains:

  • What your company does
  • How you do what you do
  • Why it’s important — or who it helps

How do you write a powerful mission statement?

An effective mission statement should set your company apart from competitors that offer similar products or services. Use best practices when ideating and writing your mission statement, including:

  • Gathering feedback and ideas from other
  • Choosing your words carefully to reflect core values and personality
  • Considering emotional elements that may resonate with your target audience
  • Being concise without limiting the scope of what you want to do

Clarify your company’s mission with monday.com

A mission statement helps guide your company with a core message for employees and consumers. Our mission statement template breaks down the process into easier steps so you can quickly develop a powerful statement and refer back to it as you’re planning, making changes, or growing.

Whether you’re a startup, nonprofit, or established business, monday.com makes it easy to tune into your mission with our customizable mission statement template.

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How to write a vision statement: Steps and examples

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The vision statement is designed to inspire employees, compel investors, and engage the imaginations of your customers. It paints a picture of your company's future and the impact you want your business to have on the world.

It takes work and creativity to write an inspiring vision statement. Here, we'll break down the elements of a great vision statement, guide you through the process, and walk through a few examples of excellent vision statements and explain what makes them great.

What is a vision statement?

A vision statement is your company’s guiding beacon. It zooms out to give perspective on the overarching reasons for your company's mission. Rather than articulating the specifics of your business operations, the vision statement describes how your company seeks to impact and improve the world around it.

Vision statement vs. mission statement

While both statements help define your company's character and personality, there are some key differences between a vision statement and a mission statement.

The mission statement describes what your company does in the present. It's comprised of three parts: what you do, how you do it, and why you do it. 

A vision statement outlines the company's long-term goals and aspirations for the future in terms of its long-term growth and impact on the world. Your mission defines what your organization does and what you stand for, while your vision statement speaks to your goals and ideals for the future. 

[inline illustration] Vision vs. mission statement (infographic)

Characteristics of a great vision statement

Vision statements are like snowflakes—each one is unique to its company in length, form, structure, and scope. Your vision statement should reflect your company's personality. However, there are a few traits that all great vision statements share. No matter how unique a statement is in terms of size, shape, or structure, a good vision statement should be:

The purpose of a vision statement is to inspire employees, investors, and customers to believe in your company's mission. Great vision statements are aspirational and ambitious. They convey a sense of passion for the ideal future toward which the company is working.

Though your vision needs to be ambitious in order to be inspiring, it shouldn't be so far out of reach that it feels impossible. You want to choose something that your company will have to strive for, but a completely unattainable goal isn't a vision—it's a fantasy.

A vision statement connects your company mission to your goals, but it isn’t a goal in and of itself. If your vision statement feels too finite or specifically achievable, try to zoom out and broaden the scope of your vision.

Don’t try to cram every detail of your vision into your vision statement—be strategic in selecting the ideas that feel the most relevant and compelling to your stakeholders . You might dream of someday having offices in every major city in the world, but your vision statement should focus on aspirations that speak to your company's mission and purpose.

[inline illustration] Characteristics of a great vision statement (infographic)

Vision statement writing tips

Here are a few best practices to keep in mind as you start writing your vision statement:

Collaborate. The vision statement should reflect the character of your entire company, and there's no better way to accomplish this than to write the statement alongside key members of your team. Gather leaders from across the organization to participate in vision statement brainstorms, and run drafts by these same people to get buy-in on your final vision statement.

Write first, edit later. Don't try to write a succinct, well-crafted vision statement right out of the gate. Put everything you think of down on paper, no matter how small. You may not see the value in a particular idea when it crosses your mind, but if you write it down anyway, it may spark better ideas later on.

Keep your own vision statement separate. Many people have personal vision statements that reflect their individual goals, and if you're a business owner, our own vision statement may overlap strongly with the vision of your company. It's important to keep your personal aspirations and your company's vision separate, so that your company's vision statement is something that your entire company can relate to and feel represented by. 

Avoid buzzwords and jargon. Using "industry-speak" makes a brand feel aloof and inaccessible, even to people within the industry. Plain language is always more powerful than jargon, so if you find yourself falling back on buzzwords, isolate the phrase in question and picture a friend or family member asking, "What does this actually mean?" Write or record the explanation you would give to that person and use that language to replace the buzzwords in your vision statement.

Avoid ambiguity. Vision statements don't have to be concrete the way a mission statement should be, but you want to avoid using words that could potentially be interpreted in a way that changes the entire vision statement's meaning. You won't be there to clarify or offer context to everyone who reads your statement, so it needs to be able to stand on its own.

7 steps to write your company's vision statement

There's a lot more to crafting a great vision statement than just writing a few sentences. In order to create a statement that's truly aspirational and inspiring, you're going to need to do a little bit of work. Here's our seven-step process to write a great vision statement:

1. Identify important stakeholders

Your vision statement speaks on behalf of your entire company, so make a list of co-founders, fellow executives, and high-level employees who can help you craft and refine your statement so that it represents your organization as a whole. Getting buy-in from company leaders is also a smart strategic move—the more they believe in the vision statement, the better they'll model it in their daily work and communicate it to their own departments and teams.

Make a second list of stakeholders that represent your vision statement's audience. This list may consist of personas rather than actual people, and should include:

Board members

Partner organizations

Different customer personas

Shareholders

Depending on your industry, this list may be longer or shorter; the main point is to write down a basic overview of the group of people you're writing for. If you're only thinking about your customers, your vision statement may not feel as relatable to employees or might not inspire potential funders to invest. Check your drafts against this list to make sure it feels applicable to all of your key stakeholders.

2. Start with a list of keywords

Ultimately, you're aiming to craft a few concise sentences—and the process of crafting those sentences will be a lot easier if you have a "word bank" of sorts to draw from as you write. Hold an open brainstorming session with your internal stakeholders to come up with a keyword list. 

Make sure your keyword list is comprehensive by subdividing it into smaller categories and making sure you have a good list of keywords for each. At a minimum, you should collect keywords related to:

Your product or service

Your mission and values

Your company's goals and initiatives

Your company's long-term strategic plan

Adjectives that describe your company, product, teams, community, and ideal future (e.g. expert, innovative, affordable, inspiring)

Adverbs that describe the way in which your company operates (e.g. flexibly, sustainably, cooperatively, fearlessly)

Just like your list of stakeholders, the number and type of keyword lists you should generate will vary depending on your industry and company. The important thing is to create a document filled with keywords that you can draw from as your writing, if you get stuck trying to communicate an idea, or if you need to replace some jargon-y text.

3. Answer foundational company questions

In addition to your keywords document, take time during your brainstorm to answer the following questions:

What is our organization’s main purpose?

What are our company’s main strengths?

What are our company values?

Why does what we’re building matter?

How do we want to make a difference as a company?

What is our vision for our company culture ?

What are our most ambitious goals?

What impact do we want our company to have on the world?

What are our company wants? What about company needs?

If our company succeeded in everything it set out to do, how would the world be different?

4. Sort your answers by importance

By the time you're finished brainstorming, you should have a lot of stuff written down.Put all of this content aside for a few days, so that your mind is clear when you return for the next step: deciding what goes in your vision statement and what gets left on the cutting room floor.

Sit down with your vision statement tiger team and a highlighter and review everything you have written down. Highlight ideas and phrases that your group feels are the most important to your company, and cross out items that you're ready to eliminate from consideration (however, don't throw this content out entirely—everything you brainstormed can be helpful in creating other important documents, like your core values, roadmap, or business plan). 

5. Write your company's vision out longform

At the end of step four, you'll have a smaller "word bank" of your most important phrases, ideas, keywords, and answers to foundational company questions. Your next step will be to organize these ideas into sentences that flow logically and are ordered according to your company's priorities.

Right now, don't worry about length—focus instead on communicating your vision in a way that makes sense, touches all of the key points you want to include, and feels relatable to your stakeholders and your audience. It's much easier to edit a long but comprehensive statement than it is to bulk up a statement that's missing pieces.

6. Step back and evaluate

Before you go through the work of editing your vision down to size, take a step back and look at your vision paragraph from afar. This is another point where you may benefit from setting it aside for a few days and returning with fresh eyes.

As you review your vision paragraph, check for the following things:

Is it ambitious enough? Your paragraph should feel aspirational, not like a finite goal to be accomplished.

Is it too ambitious? Make sure you strike a balance between idealistic and unrealistic.

Does it accurately reflect your organization? Run your paragraph by internal stakeholders who weren’t involved in creating it, and as for their feedback on what may be missing, what parts may be unnecessary, or how certain ideas may be phrased more effectively.

Does it make sense? Have friends and family members read your paragraph to confirm that it makes sense to the average reader.

7. Write your final vision statement

Once you've adjusted your vision paragraph and made the changes you wanted to make, it's time to edit your vision paragraph down to a vision statement. In many cases, your paragraph may naturally shrink as you solicit and implement feedback from others, and you may even want to specifically ask for opinions on how your paragraph could be more concise.

Here are a few ways to shorten your vision paragraph:

Eliminate what's unnecessary. Now that you've stepped away from your paragraph a few times and gotten a few rounds of feedback, are there any phrases or ideas that don't feel as necessary as they did when you wrote it? Cut any parts that feel lackluster or less impactful than the rest of the paragraph.

Look for synonyms. Are there any areas where you used several words to say something that there's already a word for? For example, you might replace the phrase "give people the ability to," with "provide access."

Edit each concept individually. Chop your paragraph into sentences and chop your sentences into phrases. Pick up each small segment on its own and see if you can come up with a shorter way to phrase it. It helps if you evaluate the smaller segments out of order—hopping around or going backwards piece by piece will help you notice things that your brain smooths over when you're reading a full sentence.

When your vision statement is finished, bring it back around to your stakeholders to get final feedback and make any finishing tweaks. 

Vision statement examples

There's no way around it—writing a vision statement is hard, especially if it's your first time doing so. Before you get started, or if you get stuck and need to spark some new ideas, take a look at some of these example vision statements for inspiration. 

Note that not all companies have both a mission and a vision statement. Some companies combine the two into a single small paragraph that touches on tangible objectives (mission) as well as more long-reaching aspirations (vision). In some cases, companies won't label either statement, encasing them in a broader page dedicated to "purpose," "who we are," or another similar title.

Here, we've gathered mission and vision statements for a few companies that have publicly set both. 

Mission: To act in the public interest, BBC serves all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain.

Vision: To be the most creative company in the world.

Mission: IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low and accessible prices.

Vision: To create a better everyday life for the many people.

Southwest Airlines

Mission: Southwest connects people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel.

Vision: To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.

Mission: Hasbro creates the world's best play and entertainment experiences.

Vision: To make the world a better place for all children, fans and families.

Mission: To make things universally accessible and useful, Google organizes the world's information.

Vision: To significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible.

Mission: To harness the next wave of innovation and solve customers’ toughest challenges, VMware uses disruptive technologies like edge computing, AI, blockchain, machine learning, Kubernetes, and more.

Vision: To build a sustainable, equitable and more secure future for all.

Use your vision statement to help you grow

A company's vision statement is a living document—it should adapt and change as your company achieves its business goals and sets new ones, grows in size, expands its offerings, and updates its mission. Revisit your vision statement once every year or so to make sure it still accurately reflects your company's ideal future; if not, adjust it! 

But for now, enjoy the fact that your vision statement is written. Share it with your team, announce it to your customers, and use it to proudly guide your company forward.

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How to Write a Business Plan Mission and Vision Statement [Sample Template]

By: Author Tony Martins Ajaero

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Are you currently writing a business plan? If YES, here’s an in-depth guide and sample template on how to write a workable mission & vision statement for a business. A vision and mission statement are some of the most important requisite for business success and sustainability, but unfortunately, most entrepreneurs and small business owners run their business without these two thing out of ignorance.

What is a Mission and Vision Statement?

A mission and vision statement ( more commonly called a mission statement or a vision statement ) is a brief sentence that declares the goals that a business plans to achieve in the future. Like a compass guides a ship, it guides a business to success by providing continuously inspiring its stakeholders in their daily operations and strategic moves.

A mission statement helps you plan your business effectively. It provides the destination for your journey to business success. Of course, without a destination, you can’t plan a route. Before we discuss the steps involved in developing a mission statement for your business, let’s look at the components of a mission statement and why you really need a mission statement for your business.

Today, I will be sharing with you an underground secret to building a business from scratch. This secret is one of the contributing factors to the success of any business; yet, it’s often ignored. This secret is nothing more than a “ Business Mission Statement. ”

“The thing I really care about is the mission; making the world open.” – Mark Zuckerberg

The importance of a mission statement can never be over emphasized. I have seen so many startups without a mission; even some established firms also make the mistake of operating without a mission.

“Being an entrepreneur, I have come to realize that all successful businesses are driven by three fundamentals. One is the cash flow, two is the team and three is the mission. Of these three, the mission is the most important.” – Ajaero Tony Martins

Now what has a mission statement got to do with building a business? What’s the impact of a mission statement on an entrepreneur undergoing the entrepreneurial process? Is a mission statement a source of <a class="wpil_keyword_link" title="competitive advantage" competitive advantage ? While I am not going to answer these questions directly, the following points will help you further understand why you need to develop a mission statement for your business?

Why Your Business needs a Mission Statement

1. The mission is the foundation on which your business will be built. It’s the true purpose of your business and that purpose is reflected in the mission statement. Without a strong mission statement, you don’t have a true business. All you have is just a profit making venture that will soon be wiped out with time.

“To turn really interesting ideas and fledging ideas into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.” – Steve Jobs

2. The entrepreneurial spirit is found in the mission statement. When I look at the mission statement of any business, I get a peep into the life of the entrepreneur that founded that business. The entrepreneurial spirit is what drives the entrepreneur forward. If the mission is strong, your spirit will be strong towards the pursuit of your goal.

“The IKEA spirit is strong and living reality. Simplicity in our behavior gives us strength. Simplicity and humbleness characterize us in our relations with each others, our suppliers and our customers.” – Ingvar Kamprad

3. Your mission statement is the bond binding you, your team, employees and your customers to the business. Take away the mission and other key elements will fall apart. Your mission also has the power to attract other like-minded individuals and entities to your cause. The reason is that people with the same mission align together; more like birds of the same feather flocking together.

4. With a strong mission, your business will weather any storm. Take a look at businesses that has been around for over 100 years and you will see businesses with a strong mission. As an example:

  • General Electric has stood the test of time because the spirit of its founder “ Thomas Edison ” continues to guide the company through its mission.
  • Henry Ford’s mission statement was: “ To democratize the automobile ” and that mission has kept the Ford Motor Company going.
  • Aliko Dangote’s mission statement goes: “ Providing your basic need ” and this mission drives the Dangote Group to dominate the commodities market of
  • The Rich Dad Company; founded by Robert Kiyosaki keeps waxing strong because of its mission, which is “ To elevate the financial well being of humanity .”

By contrast; I have come to observe that when a company forgets its mission, its starts to lose its relevance. The bond holding the business will be broken and good customers will leave, employees will resign and the business will dwindle. Just as the case of the Dot com burst, many profitable Dot com companies went under because they forgot their mission.

3 Components of a Mission and Vision Statement

1.  a vision.

This, simply put, states the impact you envision your business having on the world in years to come. You can have more than a single statement in here, but don’t go beyond three. Gloss it over to make sure anyone who reads it feels at least one of inspiration, hope, commitment, and awe.

In addition, your vision statement must be compelling, detailed, and reflective of the intended end outcome. Avoid one that is bland, generic, uninspiring, or unreasonable. An example of a good vision statement is that of Amazon:

“Our vision is to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”

2.  A mission statement

This is a brief statement that states the important goal or purpose that your business is poised to achieve. In other words, it’s a single sentence stating why your business exists in a convincing manner. Keep your mission statement specific and concise ( the shorter it is, the better ), make it connect with both employees and stakeholders, and make it highlight your value proposition. Don’t make it too long, generic, or confusing. An example of a good mission statement is that of Nike:

“To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

Here’s another example of a mission statement:

“To contribute to development of value-added agricultural businesses. ”

3. Core values

These outline the principles and values that the stakeholders in a business will follow in their bid to achieve their vision. They also specify the bounds or limits that the stakeholders must watch while trying to actualize the mission. The following are examples of core values:

  • Respect and protect the environment
  • Offer high quality products that are safe for consumers
  • Meet the ever-changing needs of consumers
  • Practice highly ethical business standards

If your business is going to stand the test of time, then you will have to build it upon a strong mission. With the above in mind, let’s now look at the steps involved in developing a mission and visions statement.

How to Write a Mission and Vision Statement for a Business Plan

Please bear in mind that you are learning as much of yourself each day as you are about your customer. So, don’t feel that anything you state here is etched in stone and cannot be changed. The more you understand your customer and the market, the more necessary it would become for you to shift grounds accordingly. But you need to state here what you have to offer at the moment. This will be a starting point for any changes you may need to effect later ( as your business grows ).

1.  Sit down in a quiet spot and reflect upon your thoughts

Ask yourself what drives you forward? What keeps you motivated? When you have figured out the answer to these questions, put it down in writing.

2.  Ask yourself how best you can serve your customers

What will your business stand for in the heart of your customers? What will be the ultimate benefit your customers can derive from your business? When you figure the answer to these questions out, put it down in writing.

3. Brainstorm for your vision statement

The vision is the most important component of your mission statement. Simply put, this is a picture or idea of what you plan to achieve in future. A vision statement is always concise and easy to remember, and for this reason, every stakeholder in a business can easily focus on it; and their decisions and activities are directed towards achieving the vision. Here is a good example of a vision statement:

“ Creating a vibrant rural economy driven by value-added agriculture. “

Once you get one down, then getting other components becomes very easy. To find the best vision statement for your business, simply ask yourself the question, “Why does this business exist?” Present answers from various angles, and you will find your mission statement among them.

4.  Get down your mission statement

As stated earlier, your mission statement is that action sentence that describes how you will achieve your vision. Finding this is much easier once you have found your vision statement. If you are stuck, just do it this way: If your vision is “A diabetes-free society” , then simply add the word “ To ” and another suitable verb to convert it to an action sentence. And there you will have your mission statement.

Using the same vision, you will get “To bring about a diabetes-free society .” You can go further by tweaking it, so that you will have something like: “To manufacture products that can cure diabetes effectively and permanently.” You get it now?

5.  List your core values

First off, you need to clarify your values. This means taking into account all the various stakeholders that your business is ( or will be ) accountable to—including investors, customers, employees, and suppliers. Now, consider how you would like to ideally conduct business with each of these stakeholders. Start making a list and your core values should start to emerge.

These are the various steps you will follow in your quest to achieve your vision. Brainstorm for as many as possible, list them down, and the prune your list down to as few as possible without leaving out any important ones. Now, let’s look at some additional tips that you will need to keep in mind when preparing your mission and vision statement.

4 Extra Success Tips for Developing a Business Plan Mission and Vision Statement

  • Your mission statement must be brief and simple. Being succinct as demanded by a mission statement isn’t easy. And you may need to go through several hours of tweaking and editing before arriving at the perfect sentence. Though short, your mission statement must capture the very essence of what your business plans to achieve. The fewer words the better. Use just only the few words needed to pass the message without leaving out any vital details.
  • Your mission statement must be in tune with your vision, and both sentences must blend to form a single thought.
  • There’s no rule that says you must get it perfectly at once. You can keep review your mission statement later, if necessary.
  • Your mission and vision statements must give the reader an insight, a covert one, at least into what you offer. This is more important if the name of your business doesn’t suggest what products or services you’re offering.

If you follow the guidelines I shared in this post, you will prepare a perfect vision and mission statement that will drive your business to success. Now I want you to know that no one can help you develop a mission statement. You alone can develop your mission and as a final note, it’s worthwhile you know that of the entire business system, the mission is the most important.

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In Word, you can create a form that others can fill out and save or print.  To do this, you will start with baseline content in a document, potentially via a form template.  Then you can add content controls for elements such as check boxes, text boxes, date pickers, and drop-down lists. Optionally, these content controls can be linked to database information.  Following are the recommended action steps in sequence.  

Show the Developer tab

In Word, be sure you have the Developer tab displayed in the ribbon.  (See how here:  Show the developer tab .)

Open a template or a blank document on which to base the form

You can start with a template or just start from scratch with a blank document.

Start with a form template

Go to File > New .

In the  Search for online templates  field, type  Forms or the kind of form you want. Then press Enter .

In the displayed results, right-click any item, then select  Create. 

Start with a blank document 

Select Blank document .

Add content to the form

Go to the  Developer  tab Controls section where you can choose controls to add to your document or form. Hover over any icon therein to see what control type it represents. The various control types are described below. You can set properties on a control once it has been inserted.

To delete a content control, right-click it, then select Remove content control  in the pop-up menu. 

Note:  You can print a form that was created via content controls. However, the boxes around the content controls will not print.

Insert a text control

The rich text content control enables users to format text (e.g., bold, italic) and type multiple paragraphs. To limit these capabilities, use the plain text content control . 

Click or tap where you want to insert the control.

Rich text control button

To learn about setting specific properties on these controls, see Set or change properties for content controls .

Insert a picture control

A picture control is most often used for templates, but you can also add a picture control to a form.

Picture control button

Insert a building block control

Use a building block control  when you want users to choose a specific block of text. These are helpful when you need to add different boilerplate text depending on the document's specific purpose. You can create rich text content controls for each version of the boilerplate text, and then use a building block control as the container for the rich text content controls.

building block gallery control

Select Developer and content controls for the building block.

Developer tab showing content controls

Insert a combo box or a drop-down list

In a combo box, users can select from a list of choices that you provide or they can type in their own information. In a drop-down list, users can only select from the list of choices.

combo box button

Select the content control, and then select Properties .

To create a list of choices, select Add under Drop-Down List Properties .

Type a choice in Display Name , such as Yes , No , or Maybe .

Repeat this step until all of the choices are in the drop-down list.

Fill in any other properties that you want.

Note:  If you select the Contents cannot be edited check box, users won’t be able to click a choice.

Insert a date picker

Click or tap where you want to insert the date picker control.

Date picker button

Insert a check box

Click or tap where you want to insert the check box control.

Check box button

Use the legacy form controls

Legacy form controls are for compatibility with older versions of Word and consist of legacy form and Active X controls.

Click or tap where you want to insert a legacy control.

Legacy control button

Select the Legacy Form control or Active X Control that you want to include.

Set or change properties for content controls

Each content control has properties that you can set or change. For example, the Date Picker control offers options for the format you want to use to display the date.

Select the content control that you want to change.

Go to Developer > Properties .

Controls Properties  button

Change the properties that you want.

Add protection to a form

If you want to limit how much others can edit or format a form, use the Restrict Editing command:

Open the form that you want to lock or protect.

Select Developer > Restrict Editing .

Restrict editing button

After selecting restrictions, select Yes, Start Enforcing Protection .

Restrict editing panel

Advanced Tip:

If you want to protect only parts of the document, separate the document into sections and only protect the sections you want.

To do this, choose Select Sections in the Restrict Editing panel. For more info on sections, see Insert a section break .

Sections selector on Resrict sections panel

If the developer tab isn't displayed in the ribbon, see Show the Developer tab .

Open a template or use a blank document

To create a form in Word that others can fill out, start with a template or document and add content controls. Content controls include things like check boxes, text boxes, and drop-down lists. If you’re familiar with databases, these content controls can even be linked to data.

Go to File > New from Template .

New from template option

In Search, type form .

Double-click the template you want to use.

Select File > Save As , and pick a location to save the form.

In Save As , type a file name and then select Save .

Start with a blank document

Go to File > New Document .

New document option

Go to File > Save As .

Go to Developer , and then choose the controls that you want to add to the document or form. To remove a content control, select the control and press Delete. You can set Options on controls once inserted. From Options, you can add entry and exit macros to run when users interact with the controls, as well as list items for combo boxes, .

Adding content controls to your form

In the document, click or tap where you want to add a content control.

On Developer , select Text Box , Check Box , or Combo Box .

Developer tab with content controls

To set specific properties for the control, select Options , and set .

Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each control that you want to add.

Set options

Options let you set common settings, as well as control specific settings. Select a control and then select Options to set up or make changes.

Set common properties.

Select Macro to Run on lets you choose a recorded or custom macro to run on Entry or Exit from the field.

Bookmark Set a unique name or bookmark for each control.

Calculate on exit This forces Word to run or refresh any calculations, such as total price when the user exits the field.

Add Help Text Give hints or instructions for each field.

OK Saves settings and exits the panel.

Cancel Forgets changes and exits the panel.

Set specific properties for a Text box

Type Select form Regular text, Number, Date, Current Date, Current Time, or Calculation.

Default text sets optional instructional text that's displayed in the text box before the user types in the field. Set Text box enabled to allow the user to enter text into the field.

Maximum length sets the length of text that a user can enter. The default is Unlimited .

Text format can set whether text automatically formats to Uppercase , Lowercase , First capital, or Title case .

Text box enabled Lets the user enter text into a field. If there is default text, user text replaces it.

Set specific properties for a Check box .

Default Value Choose between Not checked or checked as default.

Checkbox size Set a size Exactly or Auto to change size as needed.

Check box enabled Lets the user check or clear the text box.

Set specific properties for a Combo box

Drop-down item Type in strings for the list box items. Press + or Enter to add an item to the list.

Items in drop-down list Shows your current list. Select an item and use the up or down arrows to change the order, Press - to remove a selected item.

Drop-down enabled Lets the user open the combo box and make selections.

Protect the form

Go to Developer > Protect Form .

Protect form button on the Developer tab

Note:  To unprotect the form and continue editing, select Protect Form again.

Save and close the form.

Test the form (optional)

If you want, you can test the form before you distribute it.

Protect the form.

Reopen the form, fill it out as the user would, and then save a copy.

Creating fillable forms isn’t available in Word for the web.

You can create the form with the desktop version of Word with the instructions in Create a fillable form .

When you save the document and reopen it in Word for the web, you’ll see the changes you made.

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