Our Revised Team Member Language Guidelines

By Walter Robb, June 27, 2013  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Walter Robb,co-CEO, shares our Revised Team Member Language Guidelines on behalf of the Whole Foods Market Leadership Network.

I'd like to begin this post with two statements regarding the recent incident involving two of our team members in one of our Albuquerque, New Mexico stores.

First, we sincerely apologize that a section of our handbook regarding team member interactions in the workplace was not clearly written, and for any misunderstandings or offense it has created. Its intention was to foster inclusion, not exclusion.

Second, our senior leadership team has reviewed and changed the wording of this section and will ensure that this new wording and, more importantly, the intention behind it is reviewed and discussed at the next team member meeting at every store and facility throughout the company, which will be within 45 days time. The original as well as the revised guidelines in their entirety are

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Whole Foods Market® Commits to Full GMO Transparency

By Walter Robb, March 8, 2013  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Whole Foods Market commits to full GMO transparency by giving supplier partners five years to source non-GMO ingredients or to clearly label products with ingredients containing GMOs.

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Walter on Mad Money with Jim Cramer

By Walter Robb, January 8, 2013  |  More Posts by Walter Robb


On Dec. 19, Walter stopped by the CNBC studios in New Jersey to talk with Jim Cramer: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000136401&play=1

California Proposition 37

By Walter Robb, November 7, 2012  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Whole Foods Market supported California’s Proposition 37 because we believe consumers have the fundamental right to know how their food is sourced, grown and produced. We are disappointed that the initiative did not pass. We do believe that awareness of this issue was significantly raised during the campaign, and we are encouraged by the labeling efforts now underway in many other states. We hope that ultimately these efforts will lead to a single federal labeling standard.

We learned during the campaign how important it is to keep our Team Members informed on these issues, and Whole Foods Market will continue to improve in this area. We are evaluating our overall participation in the campaign and how we might evolve our role in the support of future GMO labeling efforts.

Here are some of the ways that Whole Foods Market supported Prop 37 in all of our California stores and communities:

  • Info kiosks 

  • Billboards and banners

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Walter: Why we pay higher wages; organic study faulty

By Walter Robb, September 27, 2012  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

In mid-September, in an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Walter Robb talked about how Whole Foods Market works to provide great pay and benefits for its Team Members, and he addressed the Stanford study on organics that recently came out.