Whole Foods Market Co-Founder Signing Books in Pasadena and Santa Monica

John Mackey discusses “Conscious Capitalism” here in L.A.

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Whole Foods Market Co-Founder / Co-CEO John Mackey

Photograph courtesy Whole Foods Market

John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, will be signing copies of his book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business at two L.A. locations later this month. The business-minded book seeks to advance capitalism “further toward realizing its highest potential” by promoting “four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management.”

Decidedly opinionated and definitely polarizing, Mackey has emerged as a preeminent leader in the organic and fair food movement. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting him, if ever so briefly, while working at the Whole Foods Market Arroyo store about five years ago. What impressed me most—besides his wildly successful business—was his humility about it all, and his undivided attention. Much as Eddie Lin just recently opined about Huell Howser, I was surprised to find Mackey to be so human, and to find out how deeply he cared about his underlying good food crusade and all those it touched.

But don’t just take my word for it… 

John Mackey Book Signings
Thursday, January 24, 4 to 5 p.m.
Whole Foods Market, 465 S Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, WholeFoodsMarket.com
(Proceeds of books sold through Whole Foods Market will go to their Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds microloans in over 50 countries. The store will be donating an additional $1 per book that’s sold during the signing to the Whole Planet Foundation.)

Friday, January 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m. (Moderated lecture; registration required.)
Milken Institute, 1250 4th St., Santa Monica, MilkenInstitute.org

[h/t Toddrickallen, via Eater LA]

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  1. Tony

    January 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    This is not the first time John Mackey had violated his own company’s code of conduct. People like John Mackey believe rules don’t apply to them, that they are special. There is something we can do to teach him a valuable business lesson.
    The setup is perfect. The CEO is clearly clueless as to his key customer demographics. As soon as sales start dropping (and they will, considering the controversy), shareholders will come after the company and the board. John Mackey is in violation of company’s Code of Conduct [http://www2.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/pdfs/codeofconduct.pdf], plus he is a liability to public shareholders. His political activism is not disclosed in Whole Foods annual SEC filings as a risk factor. [http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/865436/000086543612000033/0000865436-12-000033-index.htm]
    We are at the precipice of inevitable legal action, and John Mackey is in the hot seat.
    I suggest contacting Whole Foods board of directors and the SEC, to inform them of violations.

    Here is their Chairman of the Board, John B. Elstrott, Phd. Tel 504-865-5462 E-mail: [email protected] Please mention that CEO John Mackey is in breach of Code of Conduct and that his political activism was not disclosed as a risk factor in the Annual Report.
    For SEC, you can find info on their website. They do follow up on consumer/shareholder complaints. Do your part and make your voices heard.