Wal-Mart gives back to the community in several ways including donations to charitable foundations and by offering affordable grocery good to impoverished areas. According to Feedingamerica.org Wal-Mart gave “$2 million donation to help food banks save money on their energy bills” (2011). The donation allowed 16 food banks to improve their efficiency and provide more services to the community for the same amount of funding. Wal-Mart has also received the “MOWAA Corporate Friend of the Year” (Meals on Wheels Association, 2012) award for its donation to the organization.
Wal-Mart has proven that it contributes to the communities it supports. The contributions, when compared to Wal-Marts yearly profit, of “$16,389 million in FY2011” (Datamonitor, 2011, p. 4) seem miniscule. The true test of adequacy of Wal-Marts contribution to the communities it operates in will be if it can remain in business for the long term. According to “Paymar Communications”, "Wal-Mart also has been going through a major transformation and committing itself to progressive policies in the realm of corporate social responsibility, particularly when it comes to the products it sells and major efforts to promote energy conservation” (2010, paragraph two). Wal-Mart, as the biggest retail store in the United Sates, has a social responsibility to provide quality products to the customers. In 2010,
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