Is It Ethical or Unethical to Shop at Walmart?

2963 Words Apr 19th, 2012 12 Pages
Is it ethical or unethical to shop at Walmart?

“If we work together, we’ll lower the cost of living for everyone… we’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to save and have a better life.” –Sam Walton (“What We Do”)

Walmart was founded on the belief stated above by its founder Sam Walton in 1962. “Saving people money, so they can live better,” was the main objective when Sam Walton opened the doors to the first Walmart (“History”). Today, Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and corporation in the United States and have been awarded and recognized by various organizations for being the best employer throughout United States and other countries. By the Fortune magazine, it is listed as one of the most admired
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A store that will provide everything a customer needed. With this vision, Sam and his wife Helen put up 95 percent of the money to build the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. Then they started making more profit because they were not only selling groceries but many other goods such as jewelry, toys, automotive products, clothes, and many other things. Over the years, Walmart started gaining customers and gaining respect in the community (“History”). In 1991, Walmart started business in Mexico City and this became the movement to create Walmart International. The company operates under its own name in the United States but the stores are created with different styles and formats to fit with the local customer needs and desires. In some countries, the name Walmart is changed to fit with the locals such as Walmex in Mexico, United Kingdom as Asda, in Japan as Seiyu, and in India as Best Price. More than 90 percent of the international stores operated under a different name than Walmart. Nevertheless, the goal and purpose of each of the store remains the same: “Save people money, so they can live better.” Today, Walmart International has 5,366 stores and about 740,000 associates in 27 different countries excluding United States. Some of the countries Walmart International operates in are Argentina, China, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, Cost Rica, India, United Kingdom, Canada, El Salvador, Japan, Chile,