Wal-Mart strikes back at critics

Retail giant takes out full-page advertisements in more than 100 U.S. newspapers
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/21/2005

In a full-page ad published in more than 100 newspapers across the United States, Wal-Mart chief executive officer H. Lee Scott said it was time for the public to hear the "unfiltered truth" about Wal-Mart, and time for the company to stand up on behalf of a workforce that includes 1.2 million Americans.

"There are a lot of 'urban legends' going around these days about Wal-Mart, but facts are facts," Scott said. "Wal-Mart is good for consumers, good for communities and good for the U.S. economy."

Wal-Mart has been slammed by critics who say its hiring practices, labour practices and business practices are unfair. The advertisement touts the number of jobs it plans to create in 2005, its employee benefit packages and the diversity of its workforce.