E’ville Biz: TubeMogul among Top 50 Employers, Whole Foods picketed, Clif Bar certifies Cocoa Sourcing

Published On December 24, 2014 | By Rob Arias | Local Business, News & Commentary

Three Emeryville-based businesses are making headlines for a variety of reasons (Two of them good, the other not so good). This month’s E’ville Biz Digest includes an aggregate of stories from around the web including TubeMogul, Clif Bar & Austin, TX based Whole Foods Market (who have a regional office in Emeryville).


Whole Foods Emeryville Regional Office picketed for wage increase & “anti-labor” stance.

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Feature Image: @zoekmyers on Instagram

Last month, dozens of Whole Foods employees in San Francisco partnered with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) to protest a labor system they say “degrades workers while catering to wealthy consumers, and contributes to the city’s economic polarization”. On November 14th, they took their grievances to the regional corporate office at the Wareham EmeryStation Campus on Horton to demand a $5 an hour wage increase to offset the spiking cost of living in the Bay Area. Some campaigners have argued that while the company advocates for sustainability from the products they sell, their “Values Matter” corporate tagline does not translate to the treatment of their employees.

Surprise: Whole Foods Is Not the World’s Greatest Employer | The Nation →


GlassDoor.com Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For

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Meanwhile, TubeMogul, the internet startup that recently went public, has been making headlines for more positive reasons. They’ve been listed as the fifth best Small/Medium sized company to work for in the U.S. by GlassDoor.com. Winners of the annual award were determined through an aggregate score of reviews by employees themselves. GlassDoor is a site where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management. Profiled reviews include employee quotes such as “Executive leadership is inspirational and approachable. Huge opportunity to develop skills needed in the future of marketing. Excellent ongoing training program. Solid company values.”

Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For | GlassDoor.com →


Clif Bar cocoa sourcing earns Rainforest Alliance certification

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Responding to recent criticism by publications including Oakland Local, Clif Bar has released its country origins of its cocoa. Many cocoa farms in Western Africa apparently use exploitive child labor and Food Justice organizations like Rainforest Alliance help companies like Clif Bar validate their corporate social responsibility goals. “How we select and source our ingredients can be a catalyst for change in creating a healthy food system. For us, this means continuing to source a greater quantity of food that’s organic and certified sustainable”.

Certified, Sustainable Ingredients from Around the World | ClifBar.com →

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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