Ethical Issues Of Walmart 's Corporate Social Responsibility Using The Four Part Csr Model

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What are the major ethical issues in the case?

One of the most prevalent ethical issues in the Walmart case is their labor practice. There are several violations against Walmart regarding wages and work hours of its employees. “Its labor practices have been increasingly questioned. THe company has been accused of paying wages so low that workers cannot live off them, making employees work ‘off the clock’ without overtime pay, paying few and low benefits, and taking advantage of illegal immigrants” (Carroll, 575). Aside from its violations regarding the wages it pays their employees, gender discrimination has also been filed as a class-action lawsuit, “the largest private civil rights case in US history” (Carroll, 575).

Assess Walmart’s corporate social responsibility using the four-part CSR model.

Carroll defines corporate social responsibility (CSR) encompasses the economic, legal, ethical and discretionary (philanthropic) expectations that society has of organizations at a given point in time. “Several authors have pointed to Walmart as an important emerging private actor in the transformation of lawmaking in the CSR field, referring to it as a ‘global legislator.’ They highlight how Walmart is able to use its contractual relationships to regulate behaviour among its suppliers around the globe with respect to product quality, working conditions for the suppliers’ employees, and ethical conduct” (Cedilla Torres). Walmart has a strong philanthropic responsibility,

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