From Sweatshops to Sustainability: Wal-Mart’s Journey in Bangladesh
The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:
- Learn about the garment industry that exists in Bangladesh from where global apparel brands import the products; the poor working conditions in the sweatshops and the complex subcontracting system that exists, which exposes millions of workers to life threatening accidents.
- Understand the business model of Walmart and how the company projected itself as a sustainable company through various sustainability initiatives.
- Examine strategic CSR / Sustainability: How and why companies such as Walmart are increasingly addressing their social and environmental impacts at a core strategic and operational level.
- Understand the challenges for Walmart in playing a major role in resolving the deep rooted problems of the garment industry in Bangladesh.
- Consider the complexities involved in being a responsible corporate citizen while remaining accountable to the shareholders.
- Assess the ability of large multinational companies to dictate government / state policies in developing countries.
- Discuss what Walmart could have done differently if it did indeed do anything unethical in Bangladesh and what it should do now.
|MADE IN BANGLADESH|
|THE COMPLEX SUPPLY CHAIN|
|FACTORY FIRE AND BUILDING COLLAPSE|
|THE CRACKS IN THE GARMENT SECTOR|
|SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA: THE GREENING OF WALMART|
|WALMART IN BANGLADESH|
|WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE?|
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