Target: Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart International
Goal: Stop violating local zoning laws by building on protected habitats and archaeological grounds in Mexico and Asia
In order to speed up and expand construction of a superstore into a sacred and ancient pre-Aztec ruin, Walmart bribed several Mexican officials in 2004 and then later terminated an investigation into the matter. The store was built north of Mexico City near the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, which is the birthplace of the gods according to ancient Aztec creation myths. Despite public dismay and protest, Walmart succeeded in building the Bodega Aurrera, Walmart’s Mexican component, and the store continues to prosper by usurping business from its competition, namely local small businesses. According to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, American businesses and citizens are forbidden to participate in bribery. Walmart needs to be confronted with its actions. Not only is it violating American law, but it uses corporate power to bully and bribe officials to violate local zoning laws and to build on protected grounds.
Walmart has yet to receive ramifications from its actions. The corporation has continued to build stores in Mexico and is moving quickly to develop throughout Asia, with headquarters already established in Hong Kong and construction in India “inevitable,” according to Scott Price, the head of Walmart’s Asian operations. India currently has a strict ban on foreign retailers that sell multiple brands, such as Walmart and Carrefour, from investing in supermarkets. Walmart already has wholesale outlets in India through a partnership with Indian Bharti Enterprises. If we do nothing, Walmart will use corruption and bribery to push further into developing countries and drive out local businesses. Walmart stores will monopolize in fragile developing economies and severely limit diverse competition, which can boost economic development and allow the workforce to thrive.
By signing the petition below you will be taking a stand against corrupt business practices and future destruction of precious archaeological grounds. Make sure Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart International understands that we, as consumers won’t stand for this sort of injustice.
Dear Mr. McMillon,
After building on the ancient archaeological ruins in Teotihuacan, Mexico and destroying hope of any potential finds, your company has continually ignored and terminated investigations into the matter of bribery and corruption. Since 2004 and the construction in Teotihuacan, we, the public, have discovered the questionable business practices of your company throughout the developing world. Not only has your company repeatedly violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but has been documented bribing officials in order to build on precious archaeological grounds and protected habitats throughout Mexico and Asia.
I am writing to you today to urge you to conduct your business abroad without the use of corrupted actions. We, the consumers, will not stand for the unjust actions of your corporation and we demand you remedy this by working with local officials to protect archaeological ruins and habitats.
Please consider these factors with the inevitable development of Walmart internationally. Your consumers are the source of your corporate power and we are demanding improvement in your company’s practices.
[Your Name Here]