NEW YORK (April 5, 2023) – Jason Buechel, Whole Foods Market CEO, recently took the stage Reuters Responsible Business USA, a gathering of corporate leaders to discuss sustainability across their businesses. Buechel shared his thoughts on responsible sourcing and what the company is doing to promote environmental stewardship going forward.
In a conversation with Reuters ESG reporter Isla Binnie, Buechel described what sustainability means to Whole Foods Market and highlighted various programs, such as Nourishing our Neighborhoods, and initiatives to reduce food waste and regenerative agriculture.
“We have to figure out how we can do what’s right for our collective stakeholders,” Buechel said. “We know our customers want advancements. We know that this is the right thing to do, from an environmental stewardship standpoint perspective, and we can find ways that can help balance out cost within the supply, that can hopefully be optimal for our suppliers as well. For us, it about figuring out those new means and having a conversation about how we’re going to get there.”
Buechel began his role as CEO of Whole Foods Market in September 2022, previously serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He recently unveiled Whole Foods Market’s 10-year vision to lead the company into the future, Growing with Purpose, focused on enhancing the store experience, investing in Team Member growth, and expanding the company’s reach to serve customers in new ways.
About Whole Foods Market
For more than 40 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first certified organic national grocer, Whole Foods Market has more than 525 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. To learn more about Whole Foods Market, please visit https://wmn-live.frb.io/.