September 24, 2015
This paper is an overview and analysis of the ethical perspective and cultural issues that a global organization faces when interacting outside the United States. I will address and identify the cultural and ethical perspective of the global organization named Walmart. I will also analyze ethical and social responsibility issues that WalMart deals with as a result of being a global organization. I will further compare these ethical perspectives with other cultures that do business with Walmart.
Walmart’s Ethical Perspective
Walmart belief is built on a foundation of integrity , values of honesty, fairness and objectivity. Sam Walton founded Walmart with the strong conviction that a retailer could help people save money and live better. Since, Sam’s passing away, Mike Duke, Chief Executive Officer, President and CEO of Walmart states “culture is how we work together to fulfill that purpose. It's incorporated into every aspect of our business”. He further states “Our beliefs are the foundation of our culture: service to our customers, respect for the individual, and striving for excellence which rest on the foundation of personal integrity and responsibility(p.1).” Strong adherence to these principles has created a unique work culture at Walmart. No matter where you go — to any of our stores and offices in any of our brands around the world — our associates live these values” (p.1). The Statement of Ethics is strictly enforced in conjunction with local laws, to create an honest, fair, and legal workplace. It applies to all stores in 27 countries and to third parties such as suppliers, consultants, law firms, public relations firms, contractors and other service providers. Walmart encourages associates to use the Open Door policy or call the Global Ethic’s 800 number hotline to anonymously report any questionable or unethical behavior. All associates are...