BOOK REVIEW: ‘Force of Nature’

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In his epilogue, Mr. Humes asks the million-dollar question: “Can Wal-Mart be sustainable?” His answer? “No.” At best: “Wal-Mart has led the business world toward a new age of sustainability.” But that does Wal-Mart little good.

Ultimately, greens will never endorse Wal-Mart’s real mission: to provide affordable consumption for the masses via the retail giant’s global purchasing power and growing number of stores. Wal-Mart executives may need to remove their green-colored glasses before they realize that the only outcome the greens will find truly “sustainable” is Wal-Mart’s eventual demise.

Angela Logomasini is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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