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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Positive appraisal of Walmart in Hankyoreh of all places

Hankyoreh writes of the community activity by Walmart in a very positive tone, giving it as an exemplary case for its campaign for a socially more responsible companies. It does hint in the final paragraph that Wallmart's activity in this regard might be because of its recent legal cases, but still it's not that little surprising to see US capitalism treated as this exemplary in Hankyoreh. (We don't have Wallmart here, but so much of what I've heard of that company is negative that I'd like to "fisk" the Hankyoreh article, but I don't know enough, so I'll only register my surprise. I guess Walmart will be very pleased with the exposure it has gotten here.)

Small correction.
Hankyoreh does have an adjoining piece about the two faces of Walmart, one of generous community programs and the other of its poor labor conditions and heavy-handed attitude towards contractors.

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