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Ethics analysis - Memo TO FROM DATE SUBJECT H Lee Scott Jr...

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Memo TO: FROM: XXX XXXXXX, Director of Wal-Mart Ethic Office DATE: Feb 2, 2007 SUBJECT: Revised Code of Ethics Introduction I am writing as a representative of the Wal-Mart Committee on Corporate  Ethics that was commissioned by members of the executive board in  response to our company’s present business practices. As you all know, our company is a global company with more than 1.8 million  employees in the world and around 6500 stores worldwide. In year 2003, we  were named by FORTUNE magazine as the most admired company in  America. Last year in January 31, we generated more than $312.4 billion in  global revenue in the fiscal, which is the best record in our company’s history. Report of Ethical Violation In September, 2004, Delores Killingsworth Barber, who was a former Wal-Mart  Stores employee, testified in a Philadelphia courtroom in the case of Wal-Mart  exploiting its employees. According to Barber, store managers in many cases  forced workers to restock the shelves during their breaks and meal time. They  were told to “do whatever it takes to get it done; and if that meant missing your  break, that's what had to be done”, and at the end they were never paid for  their extra work. (Bergen 2006) After an ongoing battle between our attorneys and Barber, the court reached  to a final decision on January 2006-Wal-Mart was ordered to pay $172.3  million to 115,919 current and former employees who missed breaks and  meals because of work. (Bergen 2006) Although our spokesman, John Simley, has emphasized that the incident  does not characterize Wal-Mart custom, but only represents a unique  1
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occurrence at a single store, many still believe that Wal-Mart did it  intentionally, knowing it would make a greater profit. The public as well as  many workers within the company now feel that the incident reflected Wal- Mart’s culture and it is unacceptable. They urged us to revise our company’s 
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