As of January 19th, Whole Foods Market extended their streak of being one of the “Fortune 100 Best Companies” to work for for another year. In fact, they’ve been given that honor every year since the list started 15 years ago. In the press release announcing the achievement, Walter Robb, Co-CEO, said “Our Team Members are the heart and soul of this company: that’s our not-so-secret sauce.”
That quote doesn’t surprise me given what Walter Robb was doing just two days earlier at Retail’s BIG Show. Robb and John Mackey, Co-founder and CEO, were being honored by the National Retail Federation as Retail Innovator of the Year. Even though Mackey wasn’t able to be there, Robb didn’t accept the award alone. He brought his team to the stage, where he introduced each of them and noted that he was accepting on behalf of the 65,000 Whole Foods team members. Obviously “supporting team member happiness and excellence” isn’t something they simply list as a core value on their website. Watch the video below to see why, in addition to being a great employer, Whole Foods received this year’s award.