Wal-Mart Essay

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Case Study 2 Wal-Mart 1. Do you think Walmart is doing enough to become more sustainable? Walmart has had their share of image problems over the years. Their continued effort to become more sustainable has improved this image. Walmart is working with suppliers to reduce packaging and shipping costs. Which will save consumers money. “The company has launched a plan to reduce packaging by 5 percent by 2013, demonstrating Walmart desire for sustainability.” (Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell) Manufactures working with Walmart must comply with local laws and regulations as well social and environmental standards set by government agencies. “This began in China in 2009 and the rest of Walmart suppliers followed. By 2012 suppliers must work with Walmart to make a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency and to create a plan to eliminate defective merchandise from reaching the Walmart supply chain.” (Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell)Also by 2012, all Walmart suppliers must source 95 percent of their production from factories that receive the highest ratings on environmental and social practices.” (Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell) Walmart has also installed wind turbines that provide 5 percent of the store’s energy needs, along with other energy conserving ideas such as enabling stores control over heating and cooling and allowing lights to be turned off during the day. Even though Walmart still receives criticism, the company has taken huge steps to become more sustainable and green. 2. What are the problems that Walmart has faced, and what has the company done to address them? Walmart has faced many challenges over its forty years of doing business. Two of which are the treatment of Walmart employees and the effect Walmart has on communities. Walmart has been criticized for its low wages and benefits: 60 percent of its employees do not qualify for health

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