WHEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL Defense Fund set up an office in Wal-Mart's hometown of Bentonville, Ark., in 2007, staff members spent several hours each week answering the same question from donors: Why are we working with Wal-Mart? It was a legitimate question at the time. Wal-Mart hadn't become the world's largest retailer by playing nice. But the non-profit organization and other groups had heard then-CEO Lee Scott's now-famous “21st Century Leadership” speech, in which he committed the ...
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