Book cover of Still Broke: Walmart's Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism by Rick Wartzmanby Rick Wartzman

How America’s biggest company began taking better care of its workers–and why such efforts will never be enough.

Fifteen years ago, Walmart was the most controversial company in America. By offering incredibly low prices, it had come to dominate the retail landscape. But with this dominance came a suite of ethical concerns. Walmart was accused of wiping out mom-and-pop businesses across the country; ruthlessly pressuring suppliers to cut costs, even if it meant closing up U.S. factories and moving production overseas; and, above all, not taking adequate care of its own employees, who were paid so little that many wound up on public assistance.

Interview with the Author

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Rick Wartzman “Still Broke”
12/11/22             63 min

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Rick Wartzman on Why Are Walmart Workers Still Broke? The Limits of a “Socially Conscious” American Capitalism That Still Won’t Pay Its Employees a Living Wage
11/18/22            40 min

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Why Walmart workers are still broke (with Rick Wartzman)
2/28/23          35 min

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