Poor Sam is turning in his grave. I know a few things that have been going on for a while like not taking customer orders and mistreating employees. I don't think Wal-mart is evil but it is currently being mismanaged and not what Mr. Walton had in mind.
I tend to agree. Walton started with a business ethic, based on what I've read on the man. The usurpers that took the reins in his absence made it the evil retail empire it is today. Maybe it's not 100% evil as company but it practices evil.
If it's not illegal, ethics means very little. They -are- a successful business. They exist to sell good and satisfy the stock holders. As long as they do it legally, whatever we think about it is moot. You want to change it, buy enough stock to get on the board of directors and use that leverage to make changes.
Exactly our problem today. Walton made a store that gave people what they needed for decent prices, but I don't think it was his intent to run all the mom & pop stores into oblivion doing it, or try to build an icon of most gluttonous consumerism in direct site of Aztec pyramids. That's how they do it; they find the cheapest possible supplier and force everyone to their level or they leave them swinging in the wind.
Not to say nobody else does this, but walmart is absolutely rapacious about it. They are a virus in the business world. Ever wonder what happened to that glorious "Made in the USA" crap? Quietly went away without even a word from the company as they exported production like mad. Frack everything as long as you make money...to hell with jobs at home, to hell with public safety, to hell with your own employees, and to hell with the environment. What most people are ultimately bound for is a very, very
rude awakening that such practice is unsustainable in the end.
What we think of it most certainly is not moot. If you don't think your opinion counts, then enjoy your tainted fish from walmart deli tonight while your children play with the lead painted toys you bought them there. Legality, by the way, does not concern me, as most of the laws that govern business are themselves immoral. Laws are written by people who are lobbied and funded by the businesses they write the laws for. They set the game board so it suits them; I do not recognize the authority of big business or the cronies that support it.
Or, you can vote with your pocketbook. I don't shop at walmart. I'd rather spend the extra two dollars when I buy something at Target. At least there I know 5% of profits go back to the community and employees are treated better than at walmart.
I'm not on the board of walmart, I'll never be a billionare enough to get on the board. Instead I do what I can to NOT support a company that unethical. Maybe ethics means very little, to you, but it does to some people, and those of us to whom it does have substance will shop elsewhere, and it does work. Community boycotts have caused walmarts in certain areas to close down. *shrug*