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Evaluate the 2013 Wal-Mart sustainability report from the perspective of a shareholder

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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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