Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) Softens “English Only” Stance

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Finally, Robb noted that Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) has sent the revised policy to both the New Mexico LULAC and the American Civil Liberties Union for their feedback, and intends to “continue [having] conversations with these organizations.”

Foolish final thoughts
Seems fair enough; after all, while Whole Foods’ original policy certainly didn’t take a hard line to demand all employees speak English at all times, the company did quickly realize that the words could be misconstrued, and revised them to reflect that what they say is the true spirit of the policy.

What’s more, it also seems fair to give Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) the benefit of the doubt considering it’s one of only 13 companies to appear on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” every year since the list’s inception in 1998. In addition, you can bet it’s in Whole Foods’ best interest to maintain fair diversity policies, considering it also regularly appears on Fortune‘s “Most Diverse” list, with its workforce made up of 44% women and 43% minorities.

But what do you think? Did Whole Foods management do the right thing here, or was their reaction less than sincere? Feel free to chime in using the comments section below.

The article Whole Foods Softens “English Only” Stance originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Steve Symington.

Fool contributor Steve Symington owns shares of Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool recommends Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool owns shares of Whole Foods Market.

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