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Wal-Mart Culture



Wal-Martstores are a multinational retail company based in the United Statesof America. Wal-Mart as a retail corporation operates a chain ofwarehouse stores and discount stores all across the United States.Wal-Mart corporations have its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansasand it has been in existence since 1986 (Fishman,2010).Sam Walton was the founder of the now multinational corporation thathas over 11,000 stores in over 28 countries around the world. Thecompany has different names in different countries such as Best Pricein India and Walmart in the United Kingdom and Japan. Wal-Mart hadits enlisting as the world’s largest company in terms of revenueand the biggest private employer company (Fishman,2010).With employee numbers spanning well over 2.2 million, Wal-Mart as acompany has one of the coveted employee culture and company culturesaround the world.

Wal-Martculture boasts of being a place that gives its employees theopportunity to grow. Through the years, Wal-Mart as a company hasearned the reputation of having a robust employee promotion process.Fishman(2010)explains that the development and consequent promotion of an employeeat Wal-Mart are entirely dependent on his or her talent and hardwork. At Wal-Mart, an employee of whatever kind would only go as fartheir talents and hard work would take them. The company statisticsat Wal-Mart has shown that nearly 75% of the management staff at thecompany started as hourly associates. Service to the customer is alsoanother culture that Wal-Mart founder and developer, Sam Waltonenvisioned for his company. It is the duty of the Wal-Mart employeesto treat their customers as royalty giving them the priority(Fishman,2010).Wal-Mart strives to make the customer feel like a boss by making theshopping at Wal-Mart a friendly and pleasant experience.

Respectfor individuals is another ingrained cultural practice within theconfines of the Wal-Mart company. In a typical Wal-Mart store allacross the globe, the opinion of every other associated receives thetreatment of utter respect. Fishman(2010) illustrates that the managers at Wal-Mart are not to act likebosses but rather like servant-leaders at all times listening andtaking into consideration the contribution of every associate at thestores and warehouses. Most important, as servant leaders, themanagers have the profound duty of helping the associates to realizetheir maximum potential through praise, constructive feedback andtraining (Fishman,2010).The culture within the Wal-Mart is that the employees at all timesshould own what they do at the store and in turn empower anotheremployee with the sense of urgency of owning what they do as well.

Wal-Martemployees at all times are to strive for excellence by coming up withinnovative and new ways of improving things around the stores andwarehouses. Fishman(2010)states that the culture of excellence at the stores that set Wal-Martabove the rest. The sense of the culture of excellence at Wal-Mart isnoticeable from the top echelons of the company management all theway to hourly associates at the stores. Integrity among theemployees is also a key cultural practice within Wal-Mart. TheWal-Mart employees at all times strive to be honest by keeping theirword and telling the customers the truth. The management at Wal-Marthas garnered the reputation of dealing with associates in a fair andopen manner (Fishman,2010).The stakeholders and the suppliers also receive open and fairtreatment from the management. The employees at Wal-Mart have to beobjective in making decisions that are in the best interest ofWal-Mart while complying with the law and policies of the company.

Wal-Mart’sproject seeks to put different bin containers across major cities forsorting out different types of waste products. The sorting out of thedifferent products will help in effective recycling efforts.Wal-Mart’s project seeks to cut down the over 1 million tonaluminum disposed by the people of Major cities each year. Moreover,the recycling of the aluminum cans will not only have environmentalimpact on Major cities but financial impact as well. The recycling ofthe aluminum cans will save close to 74% of the energy used toproduce the cans (UnitedNations Documents Index, 45).Cardboards and papers are also another environmental haphazard inMajor cities that our project seeks to recycle. Most people in Majorcities use paper and paper products everyday in their lives. Paperand paper products in Major cities constitute of more than 29 percentof the waste stream in Municipal waste in Major cities (UnitedNations Documents Index, 46). The project seeks to emancipate the public on the use of recyclingpapers compared to papers and cardboards. Our project also seeks torecycle glass jars and bottles across Major cities by aninsurmountable amount, a fete that will go far in helping Majorcities in saving on energy. However, the problem with recycling glassmaterials is that there are glass products that cannot be made intoother products, a factor that makes the use of the glass productseconomically feasible. Moreover, recycling of glass in Major citiesis very small and in some instances and places non-existent. Theproject will also look at striking partnership with environmentalagencies in an effort of finding a worthwhile recycling plan forglass recycling. The project in the disbandment of the differentrecycling containers around Major cities will have differentcontainers for different types of glasses. More than 61% of thebottles produced in Major cities are the clear type of glasses(UnitedNations Documents Index, 49).Clear glass comprises of a combination soda ash, limestone andsilica. Brown glass production in Major cities has a market share ofclose 31% (UnitedNations Documents Index, 54).The production of brown glass encompasses the use of carbon to moltenglass, sulfur and nickel. Our project partnership with environmentalpartners will seek to find manufacturing companies seeking to buy andrecycle the glass of the different colors.


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