WAL-MART DE MEXICO 2005's SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT MERRILY AVOIDS AWKWARD QUESTIONS
Wal-Mart's activity in Mexico is one more case of Wal-Mart's well deserved reputation for a systematic exploitation of labour by paying misery wages.
This TLWNSI Issue Commentary is an evaluation of the Wal-Mart de Mexico 2005 SR Report. As could be expected, its author, Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, considers that Wal-Mart avoids critical SR issues where Wal-Mart knows there are performance problems, while concurrently persists on showing a rosy picture where there is none. Walmex shows no signs of slowing its explosive growth. But is the Walmex slogan of "Precios Bajos, Todos los Días" (low prices, every day) a reflection not only of low product prices but also low employee pay and slashed supplier profits? As expected, the current report on SR performance is a unilateral vision, for it lacks outside assurance and only includes positive statements from some stakeholders.