Hamdi Ulukaya is the founder and CEO of Chobani, one of the fastest growing food companies of the last decade. The company has annual sales of US$2billion and has become the gold standard for corporate social responsibility. 30% of Chobani’s 2,000 employees were born outside the United States, and several hundred are resettled refugees. From the start, Chobani has donated a portion of profits to charity and has worked to reduce income and wealth inequality. In 2016, the business launched the Chobani Food Incubator to mentor and support socially responsible food entrepreneurs. Outside Chobani, Hamdi is a philanthropist and humanitarian. He founded the Tent Partnership for Refugees to mobilise the private sector to improve the lives of more than 25 million refugees around the world. In this exclusive interview, I spoke with Hamdi Ulukaya to learn more about the role of business in society, what CSR really means, and how we can build more responsible businesses.
A Conversation with Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani