There are so many of us who have it so hard – trying to live paycheck to paycheck. While the president is here visiting my store, I want him to look inside at what is really happening at Wal-Mart. I want the president to help us and tell Wal-Mart to pay us enough to cover the bills and take care of our families. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask from such a profitable company, a company that sets the standard for jobs in this country. And I hope it’s not too much to ask from a president who believes that income inequality is the defining challenge of our time.
Wal-Mart should face lawsuit over Mexico operations: U.S. judge (Reuters, 5/9/2014)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. should face a U.S. shareholder lawsuit accusing it of concealing suspected corruption at its Mexico operations, even after learning that a damaging media report was being prepared for publication, a federal judge said.
Walmart compliance overhaul falls short on transparency, missing key element of clawback disclosure (Press release, 5/6/2014)
Walmart is the last place Obama should be making a clean energy speech (Grist, 5/9/2014)
Walmart — despite its skill in attracting publicity like this — is a laggard on renewable energy and one of the biggest and fastest-growing climate polluters on the planet. While many competing retailers are already running on 100 percent renewable power, Walmart’s wind and solar projects supply just 3 percent of its U.S. electricity — and that’s down from 4 percent two years ago. Walmart’s fossil fuel consumption and climate emissions, meanwhile, are growing rapidly. In the last year alone, Walmart’s climate emissions rose 2 percent, or more than 500 million metric tonnes. It now ranks just behind Chevron on the list of biggest climate polluters.