Essay on Ethical Perspectives

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Ethical Perspectives Organizational Issues ETH/316 11/28/2012 Ethical Perspectives It is evident that Wal-Mart’s ethical perspective or moral view is contingent on profit or profit potential. The global labor force of Wal-Mart enables this retail giant to continue to grow and succeed by providing lower operating costs. The legal ethics of this company are asserted globally and would withstand scrutiny in most cases. However, the virtue ethics of Wal-Mart are questionable about the well-being of their employees, specifically the hourly employees. Wal-Mart is targeted by its own labor force in the United States and in China as well. In the United States, Wal-Mart operates on the brink of ethics by using its legal stature to suppress…show more content…
20-23). A number of labor union groups have created organizations and Internet web pages to expose the unfair labor practices of Wal-Mart and persuade public opinion. These groups include Wake Up Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Watch, and OUR Wal-Mart (Massey, 2011, p. 1-23). Workers at Wal-Mart claim that chain uses “illegal bullying tactics” in its efforts to muffle those who speak out against the company’s treatment of its workers. The members of these groups have not achieved the goal of unionizing but the effect of the negative publicity has been a burden for Wal-Mart. In October 2012, Related Companies announced that it was signing a lease on its Gateway II development with Shop-Rite and not Wal-Mart. The commercial real estate company denying the ubiquitous big-box retailer a spot in its East New York development drew praise from a variety of public officials, activists, and local business owners (Johnson, 2012, p. 1-36). This is evidence that the labor union groups are making some headway in influencing the public opinion about Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart Culture in China “Chinese workers pay for Wal-Mart’s low prices” (Goodman, 2011, p. 2). Unlike the culture in the United States, workers in China are allowed to organize and form labor unions. Even still, Wal-Mart is a repeat violator of pay laws and currently is involved in legal proceedings around China. There are more than 80 lawsuits claiming that workers were instructed to work overtime and bypass

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