Wal_mart_sustainability - The Question of Wal-Marts Social...

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The Question of Wal-Mart’s Social Responsibility Jon Entine, “Wal-Mart: Ethical Retailing–From Evil Empire to Jolly Green Giant,” Ethicalcorporation.com, June 7, 2008. Wal-Mart has made some considerable changes to market itself as a company with a strong commitment to being green. For years, the big box retailer has been criticized for underpaying its workers, offering limited benefits, exploiting employees in sweatshops around the world, and engaging in gender discrimination. As the company has pursued a responsible corporate social reputation though, it has realized significant savings. Wal-Mart adopted a scorecard program to review the way each product is made, its merchandising, and its recycling availability. Vendors have been forced to make changes to their processes if they want to continue to sell to Wal-Mart. For example, the greeting card company American Greetings earns 16 percent of its sales through Wal-Mart, so when the retailer demanded more energy efficient displays, the manufacturer worked to
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