Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price

I believe Walmart is a very successful company from a business standpoint. The company is the world's third largest public corporation list in 2012, the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world. It has 8,500 stores in 15 countries and is the largest and most profitable retailer in the United States. However, from a moral standpoint Walmart may not be as successful as many may think. It has violated many human rights in some of its third world countries, as depicted in the film “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.”

In the movie, they take an extremely biased stance against Walmart accusing the company of being inhumane, and not recognizing the rights of workers. It also went further and said that they attempt to cover up these actions, by teaching the workers to lie. The movie however fails to recognize that Walmart is not the only company to engage in such actions. In fact, shoe companies, such as Nike, and clothing companies, such as Hollister, are known to make their products in sweatshops. Some of the allegations brought up against Walmart proved to be true.

On of their major attacks were, “The income of a Walmart associate is below the poverty level in America.” They continued by providing customer testimonies that stated that they wanted to quit but they could not afford too. Walmart should not be ridiculed for the amount of money they pay their associates. To get a job at Walmart you must be 16. You do not need a high school diploma.

It is an entry-level job. The associates should not expect to be paid a lot of money for a job that does not require even a high shcool diploma. My advice for such associates is go back to school and get a proper job to support your family.

Working a dead end job with “a raise of $1.80 a year” is not going to get you places. They also claim that the insurance provided by Walmart is not sufficient and is too expensive. As my previous argument stated you will not get a lot of money working at Walmart. I do however think that Walmart could make the premiums to its health care insurance a little more affordable for the workers that work there. Another alternative is to move to Canada. We have free healthcare, so this is not a problem here.

One of their more memorable arguments was the accusation of violating human rights, as well of being sexist. I believe these issues should be investigated by a private watch dog and further actions made on the completion of these inquires,

In conclusion, I believe that Walmart is still an essential part of many people’s lives. Though it may have driven away smaller businesses unable to compete against such a large retailer it has made living more affordable in many countries. For people like us who are fortunate enough to not live in poverty, we should not be attacking the companies who make life better for under privileged people. Walmart success as a company may be in part to illegal practices, but I challenge you to name one Fortune 500 company that does not have secrets to hide regarding its success.

To some it may seem that Walmart is trying to destroy businesses and some people’s lives. I believe that people must realize that “"Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves" (Gene Fowler). Walmart doesn’t not deliberated work to violate human rights; they feel that in order to deliver the low cost, high quality product at a competitive price they must engage in these actions. I am not saying their actions are right; I am just rationalizing them. If you were in their position, what would you do?