Read Chapters 4 and 5 in the text and the Wal*Mart 2013 Global Responsibility Report, which is available at: http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/environment-sustainability/global-responsibility-report
Below are the discussion questions for the Wal*Mart case study. As I mentioned in class, use these questions as a guide, but feel free to explore other topics that interest you. I am most interested in reading your opinion, supported with concepts that we’ve read and discussed in class ( chapter 2-11-10-13-15-17).
reading available at http://www.untag-smd.ac.id/files/Perpustakaan_Digital_1/CORPORATE%20SOCIAL%20RESPONSIBILITY%20The%20Debate%20Over%20Corporate%20Social%20Responsibility.pdf
Target limit should be about 1.5-2 pages, normal formatting.
Case Study Questions
Based on your pre-existing opinion of Wal-Mart, was there anything in the Report that surprised you?
In its rhetoric, does Wal-Mart embrace the shareholder view of the corporation, or the stakeholder view of the corporation? What are some examples of that?
Was there anything that you thought was a sincere effort at corporate social responsibility? Was there anything that seemed to be marketing and image? Examples?
Is Wal-Mart’s corporate citizenship effort proactive or reactive? Is it voluntary, reluctant or strategic? What are some examples?
Comment on the mix of presentations – statements of goals and principles vs. individual/community stories vs. metrics and data. Which are more effective? Which are less effective? How do you think these examples were chosen?
How is Wal-Mart’s sustainability efforts international in scope? What were some specific country initiatives that impressed you? Disappointed you?
Did your opinion of Wal-Mart change at all? How so?
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