3. Is there anything that Wal-Mart has done or is now doing in its drive to enter Africa and other international markets that could legitimately be considered as “unethical” by its stakeholders? Why or why not? Wal-Mart disliked worker unions and Wal-Mart’s workers were often discouraged from forming labour unions. African countries like South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria traditionally had a culture of very strong labour unions which could be a problem. In addition, Wal-Mart was also known for being a low-wage and low-benefit employer due to its cost cutting strategy. In a 2017 report based on a survey of more than 1000 Wal-Mart employees, Wal- Mart was accused of routinely refusing to accept doctors’ notes, penalising workers who need to take care of a sick family member and otherwise punishing employees for lawful absences. Wal-Mart is also well-known for its tendency to outcompete its competitors (its bargaining power with suppliers allow it to sell goods at much cheaper prices). This phenomenon is especially true against fragmented small retailers. The end result of bankruptcy of small
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