Wal-Mart stirs a lot of emotions from many people. People either love or hate the store and its influence has significantly impacted global retailing. Wal-Mart's very simple strategy of Everyday Low Prices drives every single decision at Wal mart. As a result, payroll expenses are always monitored and evaluated, especially with close to 1.5 million employees worldwide. Therefore, there are huge financial benefits for Wal-Mart to cut every corner they can when it can reduce the cost structure of its business model. Examples such as "off clock work" are not only present at wal mart, but could also be considered an industry wide issue. In any setting in which a time clock records the number of hours worked by an employee, there is always the opportunity to abuse the ...view middle of the document...
However, the company offers ten percent discount to their employee purchase on selected items. It has been noticed that moral and ethical issues always confront Wal-Mart and its policies.
The Issue of gender discrimination has been a major stumbling block for Wal-Mart as it moves to being a global presence. It could be hypothesized that the "good old boy" culture established by Sam Walton in rural Arkansas did not condemn managers who perceived that female employees should to be able to have a career at Wal-Mart the impetus it needed to change its corporate. Controversies relating to business ethics are very common at Wal-Mart.
Again, Based on its "good old boy culture", Wal-Mart Has never looked favorably on unions. They believe that only Wal-Mart knows what is best for their employees. Wal-Mart is still actively involved in stopping unions from being formed for its workers in the United States, Of Course, the ironic twist is that when wal mart started in China, the Chinese Government made it a requirement that every employee be unionized.
The net result is that Wal-Mart has always walked a fine line between ethical and unethical behavior when it examines the relationships between treatment of employees and reducing costs.
1. What are the moral and ethical issues confronting Wal-Mart? Discuss in details.
2. Wal-Mart officials have stated that they don't feel women are interested in management positions at the company.
Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your answer.
3. Wal-Mart is continually criticized for its health-care policy. Is this really a controversy in the area of business Ethics? Why or why not?
4. Should Wal-Mart be concerned about unionization of stores since allowing unionization of workers in china?