AUSTIN, Texas (June 2, 2015) – Whole Foods Market earned an “A-” rating in the latest edition of “The Better World Shopping Guide,” an annual book designed to provide consumers with social and environmental responsibility insight into companies across a wide range of industries.

Whole Foods Market was the only grocery chain to achieve an A-level rating in the supermarkets category, with accolades for the company’s use of 100 percent renewable energy, its business ethics, its animal welfare standards, and its commitment to sustainability.

Whole Foods Market’s core values are at the heart of each attribute that led to the high rating. 

“The Better World Shopping Guide,” just released in its fifth edition, is authored by Dr. Ellis Jones, an award-winning scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship and activism. He currently teaches sociology and anthropology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass.