Posted at Whole Foods Forum:
•Mackey lectures at Universities about the horrors of factory farming
•He says "Right now, Americans have to pretend factory farms don't exist. They turn their eyes away, because there's no alternative, there's no choice. Once there is a choice, we will allow ourselves to be outraged."
•He makes $1 a year and donates his stock portfolio to charity.
•He set up a $100,00 fund to help his employees with personal problems.
•He's a vegetarian and his company will not buy from producers that treat their animals unethically.
•He flies commercial, rents the smallest cars, and stays in the cheapest hotel rooms - not because he's cheap, but because he has no need for largesse
•He and his wife participate in yoga
•He gives over $1 million a year to animal welfare groups, education, relief work, and spiritual movements.
•Employees have full say in who they work with - a new employee must receive a 2/3 vote in order to make it past probation.
•Employees also vote on all company-wide initiatives
•There's a salary book in every store - "no secrets" management believes everyone should know how much everyone else is making
•Executive salaries are capped at 14 times the lowest workers salary - If they want more money, everyone else has to get more money first
•Non-executive employees hold 94% of company stock options
•Pay is linked to team performance - profit sharing
•At least 5% of annual profits go to local charities
•Full-timers get 100% of their health care costs paid for - under plans the employees have selected
•"They just have a lot more respect for you as a person here" says an employee