Get Your Act Together

Excerpt from a Harvard Business Review Article published October 2006

In October 2005, an internal Wal-Mart memo was leaked to the New York Times. Sent to Wal-Mart’s board by the executive in charge of employee benefits, it proposed various ways to cut spending on health care while minimizing damage to the retailer’s reputation. Among the recommendations: Hire more part-time workers and discourage less-healthy workers from applying to Wal-Mart. The recommendations made sense from a business perspective. But the memo came to light just a day after the company had touted its social responsibility in a briefing to reporters on reduced energy use in stores. When the story appeared on the front page of the Times business section, that irony did not go unnoted.

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