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, who claimed that Whole Foods cares “for the business their racist customers give them rather than spreading a peaceful but important message.” Officials say the protest was in response to the store manager’s decision not to allow them to wear the tools.
Responding to the director’s decision, Whole Foods said in a statement that all employees “must comply with long-term corporate dress, which prohibits clothing with visible slogans, messages, logos or advertisements unrelated to the company.”
“Team members with non-compliant face masks are always offered new face masks,” said a spokesman for Whole Foods. “Team members cannot work until they comply with the dress code.”
Although Whole Foods does not allow employees to visibly support the Black Lives Matter movement during work, Amazon (AMZN)
explicitly these three words in a press release earlier this month.
“Black life matters. We stand in solidarity with our employees, our customers and our partners in Black and we are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and without fear,” Amazon said. wrote on June 3.
He also announced a $ 10 million donation to social justice organizations.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said similar feelings on his Instagram
account in response to an email customer saying “all lives matter.” Whole Foods also has a statement on its homepage that says it supports “the black community and substantial change in the world.”
had also banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter clothes before overturning his decision earlier this month. The coffee chain sent 200,000 t-shirts with the phrase appearing on the shirt.
In a statement, Starbucks said it was “critical” to support the Black Lives Matter movement, as its founders intended and will continue to work closely with community leaders, civil rights leaders, organizations and our partners. to understand the role that Starbucks can play, and to be positive about our communities. “
The movement won after the death of George Floyd in police custody in May, sparking nationwide protests over racial equality and police reform.