Walmart case Essay

900 Words Sep 27th, 2013 4 Pages
Walmart is the world’s largest retailer with more than 8,400 stores globally and is now considering going green. Walmart moves massive amounts of products and uses a lot of other resources to operate its business and now they are trying to transform itself into a company that is seen as environmental friendly.
The first step of Walmarts three-phase plan was receiving information from its 100,000 suppliers about their greenhouse gas emissions, water waste reduction efforts and other details about business practices. The second step of the phase was entering all the information into a database. The last phase of the plan was merging all the received information into an easily understood universal rating system.

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And it’s on the right track but it’s still a lot more to do. But if completing all its plans and achieve objectives then Wall-Mart could gain its reputation as being environmentally friendly.
Question 2
Why do you think suppliers might be reluctant to be involved in this initiative? How might that reluctance to be addressed? Although it said supplier participation was not mandatory, does Wal-Mart appear to be “forcing” suppliers to participate?
Because it is really expensive and time consuming for the suppliers to find out exactly what isn’t being done environmentally friendly in their factories, furthermore when the causes are known it’s going to take even more time and money to make those processes or machines environmentally friendly. And in the suppliers eyes that time and money could be better spend on other investments. This reluctance can be solved by making all the suppliers all see the common goal and this itself is important for the suppliers because they don’t want to be the first ones to take the initiative while the rest of them aren’t going to do it, since a lot of time and money is involved. Indirectly Walmart is forcing the suppliers to participate because if they don’t they will lose Walmart as a client and that could deal a heavy blow to their business, also it will hurt their company image and brand them not being

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