Whole Foods 2021 Impact Report

A mission in action

Since they first opened their doors in 1980, Whole Foods Market has made sure that responsible sourcing, environmental stewardship and community giving have been part of how they do business. With more than 527 stores across 12 regions and more than 105,000 team members, this sustainability report summary details the progress and impact made in 2021 by the company to nourish both people and the planet.

In 2021, Whole Foods Market’s Nourishing Our Neighborhoods program donated 31 refrigerated vans to community-based food rescue and redistribution programs within 18 markets across the United States and Canada.

1125 unique food rescue and redistribution programs were supported in 2021 — and nearly 212M pounds of food have been donated since 2013 (176M meals).

In 2021, Whole Foods Market launched Sourced for Good: an exclusive, third-party certification program dedicated to supporting workers, communities, and the environment.

More than 20 stores are LEED certified, and more than 70 have solar roofs. In California, several stores are all-electric.

Whole Foods Market is a leader among U.S. retailers in offering more and faster electric vehicle charging stations in our parking lots. As of 2021, there are more than 200 stores with electric vehicle charging stations.

Whole Foods Market is a founding partner and active participant of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program, which helps food retailers transition to alternative refrigerants, reduce refrigerant charge sizes, eliminate leaks and adopt improved refrigeration technologies.

In April 2021, they launched Sourced for Good, an exclusive Whole Foods Market program dedicated to helping customers easily identify products that support workers, communities, and environmental stewardship where their products are sourced.

To show their Commitment to Local Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) lends money to small-scale, local or emerging producers across the U.S. and Canada to help them grow their businesses.

Whole Foods Market actively works with farmers, ranchers, scientists, and experts across the food industry to support regenerative agriculture — holistic farming and grazing management practices that improve soil, enhance biodiversity, and increase carbon capture.

$1.1M donated by shoppers to the Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty around the globe.

Nearly 500 non-profits supported each quarter through our Team Member Directed Giving program.

30M

meals donated to local food banks and food rescue agencies across the United States

100+

products across the store have the Sourced for Good seal

Our purpose at Whole Foods Market is to nourish people and the planet. It is a mission that has defined who we are and how we do business for more than 40 years.

John Mackey

Co-founder and Chairman at Whole Foods Market

$535,000+

awarded in Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) loans

200+

electric vehicle charging stations

I could not be prouder of the meaningful work we have done and the positive impact it has had.

John Mackey

Co-founder and Chairman at Whole Foods Market