South Florida University Walmart and Environmental Pollution Discussion

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Compose a report of 1500 to 2000 words in which you:

1. Identify the focal organization, the public issue under consideration, and the initial strategy recommended for management. See instructions for Progress Report #1.

2. Identify the company’s relevant stakeholders with respect to the issue at hand and explain both the interests and salience of each stakeholder. See instructions for Progress Report #2. Revise your analysis as needed so that it reflects your understanding of each stakeholder based on our readings and class discussion. Take into consideration any comments you have received from me and your peer review partner.

3. Present the findings of your analysis in a stakeholder map. See instructions for Progress Report #2. Make the stakeholder map look as professional as possible.

4. Conclude the report by reflecting back on your proposed strategy in light of the findings from your stakeholder analysis. Should the focal organization adopt the strategy as it was originally stated? What, if any, alterations to the strategy could be made to increase its overall effectiveness? Do you have any additional recommendations or advice for the company moving forward? Take into consideration the steps recommended in our reading for effective crisis management (see Chapter 19).

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Wal-Mart and Environment Pollution

Nowadays, the world is continuing to face a ferocious environmental threat experienced
through climate change. Companies that continue to emit greenhouse gases contribute
significantly to climate change and the experiences of global warming. As such, the United
Nations Environmental Program is increasingly encouraging companies to embrace renewable
energy to reduce carbon emissions. Notably, carbon takes the largest share of greenhouse gases
that cause climate change. This paper examines how Wal-Mart continues to increase carbon
emissions levels despite its promises to go "green" in its production. Wal-Mart is an American
and multinational company with its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Wal-Mart operates
“various grocery stores, discount departmental stores and hypermarkets.” The main reason for
choosing Wal-Mart is because of the increase in green gas emissions despite the company’s
claims to embark on renewable energy.
Issue: Increased carbon emission
For many years, Wal-Mart has been writing various press releases and blog posts to
ensure low carbon emissions. However, a recent study revealed that carbon emissions by WalMart are steadily increasing instead of declining. According to EPA, Wal-Mart uses only 4%
from renewable sources and 96% of the company's energy sources emit a lot of greenhouse
gases, mainly carbon emission (Maher, 2019). Besides, Wal-Mart’s efforts to cut costs lead to
the production of low-quality products that are quickly disposed of. Wal-Mart largely uses coalfired electricity that emits a lot of carbon. Some analysts estimate that "Wal-Mart emits over 8


metric tons of carbon in the air" every year. This kind of emission is higher than all the other
similar companies across the United States (Maher, 2019). Therefore, Wal-Mart contributes
significantly to climate change and overall environmental pollution. One of the major sources of
Wal-Mart’s greenhouse gas emission is international shipping. Wal-Mart is the U.S “largest
importer of containerized ocean cargo” by a wide margin. Studies show that ocean shipping
contributes the largest share of climate pollution. In light of this, any strategy that can reduce
shipping can greatly reduce carbon emissions.
Strategy: Change business model to reduce ocean shipping
Wal-Mart can reduce carbon emissions by changing its business model to allow a more
environmentally friendly supply chain that reduces the distance between the regions where goods
are manufactured and consumed (Mitchell, 2013). As the largest importer in t...

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