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Thousands of Unpaid Teens Bag Groceries for Wal-Mart

Newsweek
08/01/2007

Wal-Mart prides itself on cutting costs at home and abroad, and its Mexican operations are no exception. That approach has helped the Arkansas-based retail giant set a track record of spectacular success in the 16 years since it entered Mexico as a partner of the country’s then-leading retail-store chain. But some of the company’s practices have aroused concern among some officials and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that Wal-Mart is taking advantage of local customs to pinch pennies at a time when its Mexican operations have never been more profitable... 

Wal-Mart Postpones Its Green Report

Wall Street Journal
06/24/2007

Excerpt from article:

Wal-Mart, the largest US retailer, has had to postpone the publication of an online report on its environmental and social sustainability efforts seen by its critics as a test of its commitment to greater corporate transparency on non-financial issues.

When Wal-Mart ann­ounced a push to improve its sustainability record in October 2005, it said it would issue its first report on its progress by spring 2007.

Sandy Supercenter Wal-Mart Protest Takes Global Slant

Salt Lake Tribune
03/14/2007

SANDY - They waved signs, shouted slogans and even staged a mock chain gang led by caricatures of Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and China's President Hu Jintao to dissuade shoppers from visiting the new Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Yet despite their best efforts and the intermittent honking of horns by passers-by sounding their support, the nearly two dozen picketers representing Utah Jobs with Justice and the National Organization for Women failed to thin the number of shoppers looking for bargains.
Still, the protesters were as undaunted...

The Burma Connection

Wall Street Journal
10/13/2007

MYAWADDY, Myanmar -- Shortly after dawn six days a week, scores of young women scramble down a muddy track north of this border town and clamber aboard metal boats for a short trip across the Moei River, the narrow, cocoa-brown boundary between Myanmar and Thailand.

The women, victims of the economic ruin visited on this country by the world's most enduring military dictatorship, are on their way to work in a factory on the opposite riverbank in Thailand. In the late afternoon, they cross back to Myanmar...

Report criticizes retailer's methods

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
09/06/2007

 

Excerpt from article: 

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ’s lowcost, low-price business model leads to environmental damage, sweatshop conditions at suppliers’ factories and loss of jobs in communities, a coalition of labor, environment and community groups says in a report scheduled for release today.

The Big Box Collaborative, an umbrella organization encompassing two dozen groups, singles out the world’s largest retailer for business practices it says result in more harm than good.

SEIU's Employer Partnerships/Wal-Mart's Low Wage Supply Chain

Shift Break with Tom Herriman
01/01/2007

SEIU's strategy of creating partnerships with employers is building up steam. What does it mean for the labor movement? At Wal-Mart, low prices mean low wages...all over the world. Workers from India and Colombia say their real employer lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

K.R. Jayaram and Betty Fuentes were interviewed by Tom Herriman about the impact that Wal-Mart has had the garment industry in Bangalore, India and cut flower plantations in Bogata, Colombia... 

Big retailers join forces in an effort to fight labour abuses

Financial Times
01/11/2007

The world's largest retailers have for the first time agreed on a unified set of workplace standards aimed at eliminating problems such as child labour and unpaid wages in their vast global supply chains.

Wal-Mart, Tesco, Carrefour and Metro - the world's four largest supermarket chains with more than $500bn (£258bn) in aggregate annual sales - have been working with Migros, the largest Swiss retailer, to develop a draft code of standards called the Global Social Compliance Programme...

New code not way to ethical trading

Financial Times (editorial)
01/17/2007

Excerpt from article:

Sir, When will the retail sector learn that positive action, not a further public relations exercise, is needed in the battle to stamp out labour exploitation in the textiles and food supply chains? ("Big retailers join forces in an effort to fight labour abuses", January 11.) The last thing needed at the moment is another standards initiative joining an already overcrowded field of weaker and weaker codes and a decade of multiple social auditing that has done little or nothing to halt growing labour rights abuses... 

 

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