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Avoiding the fire next time
by Economist Staff
, The Economist
After the Dhaka factory collapse, foreign clothing firms are under pressure to improve working conditions at Bangladeshi suppliers, or to go elsewhere. The fire that swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York in 1911, killing 146 people, was the catalyst for big improvements in industrial working conditions in America. The collapse on April 24th of Rana Plaza—an eight-storey complex of clothing factories, near Dhaka, Bangladesh—was far deadlier, killing at least 400. Although the tragedy has led to calls for safer factories in Bangladesh and other developing countries, it is far from certain that this will happen.
Four ways enviros can keep Walmart in the hot seat
by Stacy Mitchell
This post concludes the “Walmart’s Greenwash” series. To check out the rest of the series, or start with the introduction.
Walmart’s sustainability campaign is not your typical corporate greenwash. It is more complex and clever than that. It has enough substance mixed in with the spin to draw you in. It’s easy to get swept up in the big numbers Walmart can roll out — like the 30 tons of plastic hangers it recycles every month — and to be charmed by the very fact of this giant company, with its hard-nosed corporate culture, using a word like “sustainability.”
Mexican Grassroots Denounce Wal-Mart & Costco for Desecrating Archeological Zones
After seveal months of struggle against the construction of a Wal Mart outlet within the Archeological Zone of Teotihuacan, we have faced the opening of this store with great concern. This is the second time that destruction of important mexican monuments and zones have been performed with the approval of government officials in Mexico and without a due intervention of UNESCO's authorities.
Walmart Partners with Predatory Lender
As the deadline for filing taxes approaches, Walmart is increasingly coming under criticism for its partnership with Jackson Hewitt. The tax preparer has opened kiosks in over 2,000 Walmart stores for the 2011 tax season, as part of the second year of its exclusive national agreement with Walmart. A recent article in Equal Voice Newspaper highlights some of the problems with the partnership.
How Much Is Walmart Scamming Your State?
Wake Up Walmart
As states face budget shortfalls, firing teachers, public servants, and tightening their belts, Walmart is posting huge profits. Some of those profits are gained at the expense of your state because Walmart uses state tax loopholes, possibly costing states millions in revenues.
To Serve God and Walmart
by Bethany Moreton
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In the decades after World War II, evangelical Christianity nourished America’s devotion to free markets, free trade, and free enterprise. The history of Wal-Mart uncovers a complex network that united Sun Belt entrepreneurs, evangelical employees, Christian business students, overseas missionaries, and free-market activists.