Case 1 Walmart: The Main Street Merchant of Doom
1. The major issues in this case deal with Walmart’s size, power, and impact on society.
Using the four-part corporate social responsibility model, Walmart has succeeded in their economical responsibilities by becoming the largest retailer in the world with $405 billion in sales for the fiscal year ending in January 31, 2010. In their legal responsibilities Walmart has had some issues with lawsuits from other merchants, employees, and local communities. The employee lawsuits deal with low wages, no overtime pay, few or low benefits, and illegal immigrants. Walmart’s ethical responsibilities include their responsibility to local communities ...view middle of the document...
2. Sam Walton was known as a motivational genius because he knew how to get more effort from his employees. He offered profit sharing, bonuses, and stock options in order to help spread wealth throughout the company and also to motivate his associates. Walton’s idea of the Walmart Way reflected his own belief of the Walmart culture, which in turn became the beliefs of all Walmart associates.
3. Walmart’s “Buy American” program and the “Environmental Awareness” campaign were examples of CSR because both programs were socially responsible and made a positive impact. The “Buy American” program was put in place because Walton found out that Walmart was a factor in the loss of American jobs. The goal of this plan was to support American based manufacturers. The “Environmental Awareness” campaign set a precedent for future retailers to be environmentally friendly.
4. Walmart has an ethical responsibility to former employees, loyal customers, and the community.
5. Opponents of Walmart want to stop its expansion through legal hurdles and the hiring...