Whole Foods Social Capital

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Whole Foods, Inc. builds human and social capital in several different ways. They hire and train employees to be knowledgeable in a specific product or service area. Team members report to team leaders, referred to as store team leaders (Kreitner, R & Kinicki, 2013). They work together to make a number of decisions with regard to their specific area, as well as contribute to store level decisions. With regard to social capital, Whole Food, Inc. focuses on sustainable agriculture. They support organic farmers and growers and the environment by their commitment to using sustainable agriculture and expanding the market for organic products. Whole Foods, has seminars to teach producers how to move their products onto grocery store shelves and also how to command and receive premium prices for their products (Cheretis & Mujtaba, 2014). In addition, the company promotes active involvement in local communities by giving a minimum of 5 percent of its profits each year to a variety of community and non-profit organizations. Whole Foods, Inc. does many other things that build on social capital such as the Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation, and Whole City Foundation, as well as give within the community. Each of these programs is centered on educating people in nutrition and wellness. When a company builds strong human capital, they are able to have a stronger social capital. When a company can provide quality skills to an employee and they have been