Berkeley Haas Case Series

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Wal-Mart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative
McElhaney, Kellie A.
Publication date: 2/19/2014, pages 1-14

This case focuses on Wal-Mart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative (GWEEI) that was launched in September 2011. The case examines GWEEI’s business rationale, contrasts GWEEI against women-based initiatives introduced by other Fortune 500 companies, and discusses how GWEEI fits in with Wal-Mart’s existing portfolio of corporate responsibility initiatives. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate GWEEI and determine why the retailer chose to launch this initiative. The case ends with several questions, including those asking how Wal-Mart can link GWEEI to its brand and reputation and how other companies can invest in women. This provides an opportunity to discuss how Wal-Mart and other companies are using social responsibility initiatives to both grow their businesses and counter past organizational criticism.

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