The Old Whole Foods Can’t Come to the Phone Right Now
Out with high prices and in with more competitive ones! Amazon saves the day and our bank accounts. Amazon has recently bought Whole Foods, and most agree this is great news for those wanting healthy, organic groceries at an affordable price.
But, from one socially conscious company to the next, what is Amazon going to do with Whole Foods and their mission?
John Mackey wrote the book Conscious Capitalism and explained how companies can have a bigger impact than just making a profit. He began using Whole Foods as a way to do this. “He was the visionary for the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, The Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.” – ConsciousCapitalism.org.
His goal through writing the book about Whole Foods’ operations was to encourage other companies to do business “grounded in ethical consciousness.” While Mackey has a personal relationship with Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and believes the partnership with Amazon will help take Whole Foods’ mission and purpose to the next level, Amazon embodies something completely different compared to Whole Foods. Amazon has been known to mistreat their stakeholders, for “squeezing suppliers,” and for making employees work harder than most. For example, one employee passed out from heat exhaustion and had to seek medical attention. They focus on serving customers while Whole Foods works on a social impact. The two don’t seem like the perfect match.
Our beloved Whole Foods is known to be a great place to work. The grocer made Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years. “It’s one of just 12 companies to make the list every year since its inception in 1998 and was named a top job creator, with a 784% increase in the number of employees since the list began.” –BusinessInsider.com.
While most love working for Whole Foods, there have been some employees with different experiences and opinions. Some believe the company has changed the past few years. According to past employees, availability of full-time positions have dropped. This means not having to offer employee benefits to those part-time. Salary caps were implemented for the first time. Seasonal employees are now only able to use their discount when they work, but in the past they were able to use it as long as they worked once a year. And instead of hiring management from within, outsiders who don’t know the Whole Foods culture are being hired.
In the end, every company has pros and cons. Maybe the opinions have value and maybe they don’t. Overall, Whole Foods seems like a reputable company and the people make up the company. Given John Mackey sold to an outside company, does this mean the people will also change?
Maybe Whole Foods was on the downward spiral beforehand, but this leaves us asking what exactly will Amazon do with Whole Foods? Will they continue to implement the mission behind Whole Foods? Will employees continue to work in a lovable, healthy environment or will it fall under the Amazon culture?
Do you think this will help Whole Foods because of the lower prices, or will it hurt the morals and ethics behind Whole Foods since it’s not owned by the same person anymore? Let us know your thoughts.