Our thanks to John for this.
Sam’s West, Inc. (doing business as Sam’s Club) is an American chain of membership-only retail warehouse clubs owned and operated by Walmart, founded in 1983 and named after Walmart founder Sam Walton. As of 2012, Sam’s Club chain serves 47 million U.S. and Puerto Rican members and is the 8th largest U.S. retailer. As of January 31, 2008, Sam’s Club ranks second in sales volume among warehouse clubs with 57 billion in sales behind Costco, despite the fact that Sam’s has more retail locations. Sam’s Club had sales of $57.157 billion in FY 2014.
Rosalind Brewer, CEO, made some comments which apparently took some people by surprise. From the article:
Just today we met with a supplier and the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males. That was interesting. I decided not to talk about it directly with [the supplier’s] folks in the room because there were actually no female, like, levels down. So I’m going to place a call to him.
Now, who is discriminated against by individuals promoting greater gender and racial diversity in their own companies, and in their suppliers? White males first, white females second. It’s not rocket science. When certain groups are advantaged, it follows that other groups must be disadvantaged. Why would anyone be in the least surprised by Ms Brewer’s comments?
Weasel words from Walmart’s CEO, Doug McMillon, who is – shockingly – a white male:
“For years, we’ve asked our suppliers to prioritize the talent and diversity of their sales teams calling on our company,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said. “Roz was simply trying to reiterate that we believe diverse and inclusive teams make for a stronger business. That’s all there is to it and I support that important ideal.”
Now we know of no evidence to support the contention that ‘diverse and inclusive teams make for a stronger business’, unless by ‘stronger’ he means more representative of the general population, which is a circular argument.
And so the crazy train rolls on…