To Increase Jobs, Increase Economic Freedom

By John Mackey, November 16, 2011  |  More Posts by John Mackey

The Wall Street Journal invited me to submit an opinion piece about job creation.  This is a topic I know a lot about so I agreed to submit some of my thoughts (a copy of the opinion piece is found below).


I’m very proud of being part of creating more than 64,000 jobs over the past three decades at Whole Foods Market — 6,000 in the last year alone — and I strongly believe that economic freedom leads to jobs. I love America and I’m worried that we as a nation are not continuing to prosper today as we have historically. I think this is a topic ripe for national conversation and debate to help prompt a movement toward lasting, positive change. 


As a staunch believer in freedom of speech and the right to express one’s own opinion in public, I am sharing some of my ideas to stimulate thinking and creative discussion. It is important to note that these are my own personal opinions and thoughts. This editorial piece is not an official company

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Defending the Morality of Capitalism

By John Mackey, June 24, 2011  |  More Posts by John Mackey

This interview was conducted by Tom G. Palmer, the Executive Vice President of International Affairs at the Atlas Network. Tom previously served as Vice President for International Programs at the Cato Institute and Director of the Center for Promotion of Human Rights. A slightly shorter, abridged version of this interview will appear in the upcoming book, The Morality of Capitalism.


Palmer: John, you’re something of a rarity in the business world: an entrepreneur who’s unashamed to defend the morality of capitalism. You’re also known for saying that self-interest isn’t enough for capitalism. What do you mean by that?


Mackey: Resting everything on self-interest is relying on a very incomplete theory of human nature. It reminds me of college debates with people who tried to argue that

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Big Think on The Future of Capitalism

By John Mackey, November 15, 2010  |  More Posts by John Mackey
I recently discussed some of my ideas on Conscious Capitalism for a special video series produced by Big Think on The Future of Capitalism. I’m very excited about the evolution of Capitalism and how it will support continual innovation and human creativity. Capitalism is, I believe, the only global force capable of eliminating poverty. The entire discussion (about 29 minutes) is on the Big Think website. (They've also loaded shorter clips of specific topics.) Big Think is an innovative global forum dedicated to connecting people and ideas.

Darden School of Business Conversation

By John Mackey, July 26, 2010  |  More Posts by John Mackey
In April, Darden School of Business Professor R. Edward Freeman hosted a conversation with me on topics such as Conscious Capitalism, Consequences of Authenticity, and Public Trust in Business. The 41-minute video is now available.
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Keeping Our Executive Team Together For 10 More Years

By John Mackey, May 12, 2010  |  More Posts by John Mackey


What is happening?

Walter Robb and I will now share the title of Co-Chief Executive Officer (Co-CEO), while A.C. Gallo will now have the title of President and Chief Operating Officer (the title he previously shared with Walter).  Walter will also join me as a voting member of our Board of Directors.


Why is this happening? The major goal in these decisions is to try to keep our very successful Executive Team (E-Team) together for at least another 10 years.  A.C., Walter, Glenda Chamberlain, Jim Sud, and I have been working very closely and effectively together as a team for almost 10 years.  Since we came together in January of 2001 as the E-Team, we have seen our total sales, profits, and stock price increase tremendously.  In addition, we are extremely proud to be one of only 13 companies to have been ranked on Fortune’s list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" since the list’s

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