If a company promotes an environment that endorses attacking its workers, violates the law and thrives on the poverty of its workers and its consumers, it’s an easy step from that to bribe someone to advance the agenda of the company. So, why would anyone be surprised by the growing scandal at Wal-Mart?
So, personally, I shrug when I read this:
Wal-Mart on Thursday reported that its investigation into violations of a federal antibribery law had extended beyond Mexico to China, India and Brazil, some of the retailer’s most important international markets.
…The announcement underscores the degree to which Wal-Mart recognizes that corruption may have infected its international operations, and reflects a growing alarm among the company’s internal investigators. People with knowledge of the matter described how a relatively routine compliance audit rapidly transformed into a full-blown investigation late last year — involving hundreds of lawyers and three former federal prosecutors — when the company learned that The Times was examining problems with its operations in Mexico.
The whole Wal-Mart is corrupt — because it is a cancer eating away at society. I pointed out this issue when it first came up: The fact that a few people engaged in bribery is right in sync with the entire mode of operation for Wal-Mart, from the owners right down through the top management. Rooting our Wal-Mart corruption means dismantling the company.