AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2001) Whole Foods Market® (NASDAQ: WFMI) was selected again this year as one of the”100 Best Corporate Citizens,” by Business Ethics magazine on its 2001 listing of companies.

This second annual list is comprised of top public companies, based on a quantitative measure of corporate service to various stakeholder groups — groups that have stake in or are impacted by a company's activities — including employees, customers, the community, minorities and woman, stockholders, the environment, and overseas stakeholders. The best among major public companies, as measured by service to the seven stakeholder groups, have made this year's list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Researchers at Boston College Carroll School of Management conducted the statistical analysis.

Whole Foods Market ranked number 46 due to the high marks it received for its stance on environmental issues. The company believes that companies, like individuals, must assume their share of responsibility as tenants of Planet Earth. On a global basis, Whole Foods Market takes pride in actively supporting organic farming — the best method for promoting sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment and the farm workers.

In addition to being number 46 on the list of the Minneapolis-based publication's “100 Best Corporate Citizens,” Whole Foods Market was also ranked number 41 on Fortune Magazine's 2001 list of the “Top 100 Companies to Work for in America.” This is the fourth year in a row Whole Foods Market has made the Fortune ranking.