Walmart Case Study

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After reading “Walmart: The Future Is Sustainability” I’ve learned that the giant retailer has come a long way from when the founder Sam Walton opened his first store. Although Walmart faced negative images from their stakeholders; over the years the company has increasingly demonstrated efforts to become more sustainable. For example, according to Ferrell Fraedrich in Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, Walmart is becoming a “greener company. Currently Walmart is working on four main green areas: waste improvement and recycling, natural resources, energy, and social/community impact. Walmart’s long-goal is to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, create zero waste, and carry products that sustain the environment and its resources. (Fraedrich, Ferrell, 2013, 2011.) Also the plan of reducing packaging with suppliers to help consumers with pricing is a reflection of Walmart’s initiative to increase sustainability.

Walmart has been able to maintain its everyday low prices by streamlining the company. The company’s vision of everyday low prices has made it hard for other retail stores to compete resulting for some forced to go out of business. As a result of lower prices smaller local retail stores are also pressured to decrease wages and benefits. Businesses have filed law suits regarding the pricing which Walmart defended by stating “the purpose is to provide quality and low cost to the consumers.”

During my reading I’ve also learned that Walmart has had controversy over being the largest retail store in the world and paying their employees low wages and benefits. There has been criticism for working employees for long hours with no breaks and failing to provide health insurance for more than 60 percent of its employees. I can see why this would be considered unethical which resulted in bad publicity in 2000 and 2005 towards the…...

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