— Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, answering the question, “What did you learn from the financial meltdown, the housing crisis, the Wall Street scandals, the failure of the regulators, about the purpose of doing business in a capitalist economy?” in Bloomberg Businessweek
"John and I are capitalists. We are free-market people. I think the power of business is the greatest possible change agent in the world. But there are limits. There are people who are giving business a bad name. There are stories every day, the insider trading, there’s this Libor thing, for crying out loud. Where is the ethical compass? It’s just stunning to me. If you happen to believe, like I do, that business is the way that we’re going to grow and create jobs and create more prosperity in this country, business has a responsibility to do that, and to begin to take a wider circle of responsibility around employment and taking care of folks. The money comes because you are on a mission. You are doing what you are here to do, and the money comes as a result of the way that you do it. I think [the crisis] exposed the limits of free-market capitalism, that there have got to be some boundaries and some rule-making."