As a former Wal-Mart employee (summer of 1999) I've got some perspective on how the company used to work. Health care was a joke, I consistently worked more than 40 hours a week, but because I was a 'part time' employee, I was never paid overtime. And the city I lived in, Orlando, Florida, I believe to be a worse place because it grew alongside Wal-Mart.
I don't think the Wal-Mart model is a good model. But I do believe that, since they've pretty much taken over the (retail) world, when they do good things, it has gigantic impacts. And now Wal-Mart's CEO seems to think that his company is ushering in a Utopia. He's promising to decrease the company's greenhouse gases significantly at the same time as forcing their suppliers into making their products up to 25% more efficient. He wants to make health care affordable for their employees, and for their suppliers employees, and for all of America.
He went even further to say that Wal-Mart is working with major car companies on electric vehicle initiatives, hinting that they may someday have wind turbines in parking lots so that people can charge their EVs renewably. OK...yeah...that would be pretty cool.
CEO Lee Scott says that we live in a world where we no longer have faith in the government to make positive changes. So Wal-Mart is making that change their responsibility. OMG, do I live in a country where people have more faith in Wal-Mart than their government?
It's great that they're working to be a more environmental company. But does this sound kinda scary to anyone else? Almost like we're on the edge of being governed more by corporations than by government? Well, I guess that's a story for another blog...at EcoGeek we just have to be happy they're thinking about the environment for a change.
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