12 Feb '12, 7pm

A Walmart worker speaks out: "The amount of products thrown away at my store alone makes me sick," #respectdc

A Walmart worker speaks out: "The amount of products thrown away at my store alone makes me sick," #respectdc

As I roamed through Walmart stores, visited factories, traipsed around co-op farms, and listened to corporate executives in China, I found myself pondering a question that I couldn’t get out of my mind, but that had little to do with Walmart’s immediate success in China or the world: However smart, prescient, and successful Walmart’s sustainability efforts actually turn out to be, just how “sustainable” is the whole bloody global-retail proposition that lies at the heart of the company’s amazing progress? Maybe Walmart’s new initiatives will pencil out in a business sense for the company and, within the terms of the current retail game, even serve as a model of good environmental stewardship. But will the hyperactive retail-consumption model that it has pioneered for global consumers pencil out for the world? “Yeah, I worry that people will read my book and think that I ha...

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