Identifying Key Problems Related to Business Ethics Within Wal-Mart and the American Red Cross

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Identifying Key Problems Related to Business Ethics within Wal-Mart and the American Red Cross

Laura Johnson

PHI 445 Personal & Organizational Ethics

Instructor: Debrian Hughes

January 21, 2013

Identifying Key Problems Related to Business Ethics within Wal-Mart and the American Red Cross

(PART-1) As an Ethnographic Researcher I am writing this Article about Wal-Mart, a For-Profit Organization and The American Red Cross, a Non-Profit Organization to identify any key problems that are related to business ethics and to explain the ethical dilemmas that are found within these two organizations. Included in this article will the company's profile and history, and my own personal
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The Walton family owned 24 stores that rung in $12.7 million in sales then in 1967 the company officially incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In the 70's a decade of incredible growth Wal-Mart went national proving his spreading the vision. Then Wal-Mart became a publicly traded company and the first stock was sold at $16.50 per share. The first distribution center and Home Office opened in Bentonville, Ark. in 1971, then Wal-Mart was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (WMT) in 1972 with 51 stores, Wal-Mart recorded sales of $78 million. In 1975, inspired by a visit to a Korean manufacturing facility, Sam Walton introduced the Wal-Mart cheer and in 1979 the Wal-Mart Foundation was established. There were four ethical dilemmas found the first one "Off-the Clock work", it seems like Wal-Mart has been sued for not paying their employees for overtime for some years. These problems exist because once the employee clocks out there are told or pressured to work hours that were not recorded or paid. For example; say you clock out and are walking out of the store then the manager tells you to go outside and collect the shopping carts this is how hours are not recorded, Boudway, I. (2012).

According to Steven Greenhouse (2002) Suits say Wal-Mart forces workers to toil off the clock, this impacted the store by them being sued

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