Since its establishment in 1962, Wal-Mart has grown to be one of the biggest conglomerates in the world. Inevitably, with the expansion of the company, the weight and number of social and ethical issues facing the company has increased.
The key issues discussed in this particular case are:
Wal-Mart's and America community Small merchants and the community's environment
Barriers to domestic expansion Wal-Mart and its Opponents
Wal-Mart's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes: Merely gimmicks?
The company's responsibility to employees who lose their jobs and loyal customers when Wal-Mart pulls out of a community
International expansion of the company cultural sensitivity
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While such steps might diminish the company's profit margin, it will allow the company to overcome some barriers to domestic expansion it would be better to make some sacrifices and break into new markets than to stick to its current approach and face stronger opposition.
With the arrival of Wal-Mart into some cities, the problems of urban sprawl and traffic congestion followed. Furthermore, some communities contend that the appearance of Wal-Mart changed their town/city's landscape for the worse. If the presence of Wal-Mart does indeed have negative impacts on a community's environment, then ethically speaking, it is the company's responsibility to either control/prevent such situations. This is because,