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no sympathy towards poor mothers in third world countries who cannot afford safe baby formula. Nestle did not show any interest in helping these families but continued to advertise their potentially harmful baby formula. By doing this Nestle revealed that they had no interest in fostering relationships with the boycotters or any families that have suffered because of their product. They made no concrete action to show any sign of sympathy or emotion and they had no motivation to help the situation at all. Not only did they fail to care for their customers and foster relationships, they also failed to comply with the code that was made to protect third worldmothers. This lack of care and concrete action demonstrates their thirst for money and evident greed. Walmart is a retail giant that has risen to “retail supremacy” and can offer profoundly lowprices due to its large market clout, however their low prices have negatively affected many people. Walmart is able to drive down prices by forcing their manufacturers to produce cheaper and sell cheaper. Their cost saving efficiencies have also forced many local business to shut down which greatly hurts local communities. The communities continue to suffer because they gain no real tax revenue due to the large amount of tax breaks Walmart receives. The anti-union company pays their employees astonishing low wages and most of their employees don’t receive health insurance. Many of Walmart’s competitors have gone out of business which in turn means that consumer choices narrow. This case study points out that Walmart’s prices seem to be good for some but bad for many. The ethics of care talks about four central ideas that help us understand the theory: moral attention, sympathetic understanding, relationship awareness, and accommodation and harmony. I feel as if Walmart has failed in all four of these areas. I believe Walmart knows that there are
problems because of their prices but they don’t wish to know much more or want to be aware of the details. If Walmart was morally aware they would find a way to know about every detail about the harm they are causing and would show an act of care as a sympathetic response. Walmart doesn’t seem to identify with anyone they are hurting. They show no sensitivity or understanding to the wishes of others that are being harmed. They also fail in relationship awareness because due to their lack in moral attention they fall flat when it comes to knowing and understanding all the people they are hurting. Lastly, I believe their efforts, if any in accommodation and harmony have been quite unsuccessful. For example, their employees are in need of better wages and health care to sustain an acceptable living, but Walmart seems to only accommodate them self. This does not maintain a harmonious environment because if a companydoes what they think is right without consulting with anyone including their communities and employees, they have a high risk of upsetting the harmony. Walmart demonstrates an absence of the voice of care due to their failed efforts to include communities and relationships in their thought and action. Overall I believe Walmart needs to reevaluate the mission of their company and understand the damages of extremely low prices.