Whole Foods Market® named to 2013 'World's Most Ethical Companies' list

   Whole Foods Market® named to 2013 'World's Most Ethical Companies' list

Company ranked on Ethisphere Institute's list for the fifth time

PR Newswire

AUSTIN, Texas, March 6, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For the fifth time, Whole Foods
Market is named to the Ethisphere Institute's "World's Most Ethical Companies"
list. Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, the institute
reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36
industries.

"The business practices of Whole Foods Market are based on our core values,
such as caring about our communities and our environment," said Walter Robb,
co-CEO. "We're glad that this ranking reflects our conscious efforts to
improve and sustain communities on both a local and global level."

The methodology for inclusion on this list includes reviewing codes of ethics;
evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices;
looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying
nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

Ethisphere evaluates hundreds of companies, naming only those that surpass
their industry peers to the "World's Most Ethical Companies" list. This is the
seventh year Ethisphere has published these rankings.

To read more about the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies list,
visithttp://ethisphere.com/wme.

Contact: Libba Letton, Whole Foods Market
512-542-3031, Libba.Letton@wholefoods.com

SOURCE Whole Foods Market