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Question;Your grade will be determined as follows: content of your solution, organization of your answers and clarity of writing your solutions. Keep in mind that your answers should be within the context of GRI guidelines. For example, for question 1 (a) do not use a question similar to ?Should I invest in Wal-Mart?That is too vague and does not incorporate the GRI principles. Do your research! A good start is to go to www.epa.gov. The 2013 Wal-Mart Sustainability Report can be found at:http://static.globalreporting.org/report-pdfs/2013/62acf5b01054e5439d129c6a7fa81903.pdfThe 2013 Wal-Mart 10K submission can be found at: (or go to msn.com,Label each of your solutions. Use only the 2013 reports.Failure to follow these instructions will result in a lose of points.1. Evaluate the 2013 Wal-Mart sustainability report from the perspective of a shareholder.a. What decision(s) are you addressing? (provide 3 decisions)b. Does the report provide any useful information for the decision? Explain.c. If so, state the information. Be specific.d. If not, state what is missing. Be specific.2. Evaluate the 2013 Wal-Mart sustainability report from the perspective of a creditor.a. What decision(s) are you addressing? (provide 3 decisions)b. Does the report provide any useful information for the decision? Explain.c. If so, state the information. Be specific.d. If not, state what is missing. Be specific.3. Evaluate the 2013 Wal-Mart sustainability report from the perspective of an employee.a. What decision(s) are you addressing? (provide 3 decisions)b. Does the report provide any useful information for the decision? Explainc. If so, state the information. Be specific.d. If not, state what is missing. Be specific.4. The second part of the exam is to rate the Wal-Mart Sustainability Report as to adherence to the GRI Principles. You should also research Wal-Mart. You can start your research using the provided websites.For each of the GRI principles rate how Walmart adheres/or does not adhere to the principles. Use the following scale and format for your answer. (explain your reasoning for your rating)1 = Did not comply2 = Sporadic compliance3 = Somewhat complied4 = Complied5 = Went beyond mere compliancePrincipleRating1-5Explanation5. The third part of the exercise is to rate the usefulness of the Wal-Mart Sustainability Report for decision-making. Use the following scale. (provide an explanation for your rating)1 = No usefulness2 = A little useful for some decisions3 = Useful for some decisions4 = Useful for most decisions5 = Useful for all decisionsDecisions:Enter the decisions you listed in items (a), (b) and (c) aboveRatingExplanation1?56. The fourth part of the exercise is to use the company?s 10K in conjunction with the sustainability report. Repeat the third and fourth exercise using both the 10K and Sustainability Report.7. Rate your overall evaluation of Wal-Mart?s Sustainability Report within the context of GRI?sPrinciples for Defining Report Quality. Use the scale of 1 as being ?very useful? for any relevant or meaningful decision-making from the perspective of shareholders, creditors and employees to 5 as being ?not useful? for any relevant or meaningful decision-making from the perspective of shareholders, creditors and employees.8. In your opinion is Wal-Mart using their sustainability report to contribute to Greenwashing?Use the scale of 1 = No, I do not believe it is contributing to Greenwashing, to 5 = Yes, the report is primarily a public relations effort to obtain a passive buy-in of stakeholders.Explain your answer.9. In your opinion using the 10K submission in conjunction with the sustainability report greatly improved the usefulness of the information provided in the sustainability report. Use the scale of 1 = No, it did not make the information any more useful, to 5 = Yes, it greatly improved the usefulness of the information.="msonormal">

 

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