Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. branded as Walmart since 2008 and Wal-Mart before then, is an American public multinational corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company was the world's largest public corporation in 2010 by revenue. The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, incorporated on October 31, 1969, and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. Wal-Mart is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, and it is the largest majority private employer. Walmart is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States. In 2009, Walmart generated 51% of its US$258 ...view middle of the document...
The class encompasses both salaried and hourly employees in positions ranging from a salaried store manager to an hourly personnel clerk, demonstrating that “mere size does not render a case unmanageable.” The case, Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Dukes), is the largest gender discrimination lawsuit in US history, and increases the likelihood that similar actions will be filed against employers nationwide” (p. 46). For many years Walmart has faced a tremendous amount of pressure for its inability to recognize the strength and capabilities of their female workers. Not only did Walmart fail to recognize their female workers, quite frankly, they flat out ignored their gifts and talents, especially in upper managerial positions. Another challenge Wal-Mart currently faces is a health initiative that has been initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Wal-Mart is reportedly planning to announce a five-year plan to make the products they sale healthier. They are expected to lower the unhealthy salts, fats and sugars in its Great Value brand packaged foods, and will lower prices on fruits and vegetables. This challenge was presented during discussions with First Lady Michelle Obama, who has made healthful eating a priority in a lot of her public appearances. As stated in a Wal-Mart press release, “On January 20, 2011 at an event in Washington, D.C., Walmart, the nation’s largest grocer, unveiled a comprehensive effort to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. The company was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama as it outlined the five key elements of the program including:
1. Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium 25 percent and added sugars 10 percent, and by removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats. The company will work with suppliers to improve the nutritional quality of national food brands and its Great Value private brand in key product categories to complete the reformulations;
2. Making healthier choices more affordable, saving customers approximately $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables through a variety of sourcing, pricing, and transportation and logistics initiatives that will drive unnecessary costs out of the supply chain. Walmart will also dramatically reduce or eliminate the price premium on key “better-for-you” items, such as reduced sodium, sugar or fat products;
3. Developing strong criteria for a simple front-of-package seal that will help consumers instantly identify truly healthier food options such as whole grain cereal, whole wheat pasta or unsweetened canned fruit;
4. Providing solutions to address food deserts by building stores in underserved communities that are in need of fresh and affordable groceries; and
5. Increasing charitable support for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food solutions and choices.”