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Walmart

  1. 1. The Truth About Cameron Tripp
  2. 2. Wal-Mart Summary <ul><li>Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people </li></ul><ul><li>Saves consumers $20 billion a year </li></ul><ul><li>Imported $15 billion in goods from China, 11% of the U.S. total </li></ul><ul><li>50% of Americans live within 5 miles of a Wal-Mart store and 90% live within 15 miles </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the problem? <ul><li>Wal-Mart has become a monopoly; they put other companies out of business with their “low prices” </li></ul><ul><li>They have very bad environmental protection policies </li></ul><ul><li>They outsource labor </li></ul><ul><li>They draw up false reports for foreign factories </li></ul><ul><li>They underpay their workers both here and abroad. </li></ul><ul><li>They pay illegal aliens to mop the floors. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why does it happen? <ul><li>Wal-Mart has become very greedy </li></ul><ul><li>They care more about profit than safe working conditions </li></ul><ul><li>They don’t care if local businesses are put out of business. </li></ul><ul><li>They have adopted a policy similar to mercantilism. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Environmental Policy <ul><li>Wal-Mart's environmental policy is extremely lacking both in the U.S. and the rest of the world </li></ul><ul><li>As of 2005 there are 26,669,679 square feet of empty Wal-Mart buildings in the U.S – these buildings are so large they will most likely never be used again. </li></ul><ul><li>Wal-Mart stores store chemicals in the parking lots, from which they seep into local water tables. They often refuse to move these chemicals under shelter. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Foreign Factories <ul><li>Most of Wal-Mart’s factories are in Latin America or China. </li></ul><ul><li>Workers must work 7 days a week, but they must tell inspectors that they only work 6 days a week. </li></ul><ul><li>Workers must pay rent to stay in company apartments, even if they don’t live in them. The money is taken out of their pay each month. </li></ul><ul><li>Working conditions are extremely hot </li></ul><ul><li>Each worker is given a fake pay slip to show to the inspector to make it look like they are being paid adequately. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Factories (cont.) <ul><li>Workers are told how to lie for the inspection </li></ul><ul><li>If they lie well they are rewarded, if not they are fired </li></ul><ul><li>Wages are $3.00 a day </li></ul><ul><li>Price to assemble a toy: 18 ¢ </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to buy: $14.95 </li></ul><ul><li>Workers in Bangladesh are paid 18¢ an hour </li></ul><ul><li>Wal-Mart is a perfect example of a business built on sweatshop labor </li></ul>
  8. 8. Parking Lot Crime <ul><li>80% of crime committed at Wal-Mart are committed in the parking lots </li></ul><ul><li>People are raped, kidnapped, and murdered everyday in Wal-Mart parking lots where there is no security </li></ul><ul><li>Former Wal-Mart executive said “unfortunately for the customer they really don’t care what happens after you send your money and go out to the parking lot.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. What you can do! <ul><li>Support local businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse to shop at Wal-Mart </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved in your community and get people educated. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>Useem, Jerry. &quot;Should We Admire Wal-Mart? Some say it's evil. Others insist it's a model of all that's right with America. Who are we to believe?.&quot; CNNMoney.com . 8 Mar 2004. 3 Jun 2009 <http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2004/03/08/363689/index.htm>. </li></ul><ul><li>http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3836296181471292925&hl=en </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Wal-Mart: The Poster Child for Corporate Globalization Gone Awry.&quot; Global Exchange . 27 Oct 2007 . 3 Jun 2009 <http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/corpaccount/walmart.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Anderson, Kerby. &quot;Globalization and the Wal-Mart Effect.&quot; Probe . 3 Jun 2009 <http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4217805/#text5>. </li></ul>

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