Wal-Mart, America’s largest private employer, has become a top target of progressives because of its aggressive union-busting and notoriously low wages and lack of benefits. But emails documenting a continued warm relationship between Clinton and the massive retailer are among thousands posted by Wikileaks over the past week from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s gmail account.
Hillary Clinton was always active on the WalMart board. It was her involvement that nationalized the Arkansas retailer when husband Bill was then state’s governor. She also strong-armed the newly incorporated brand to make room in the all-boys club for female executives, and to promote Made In America products. Both of which dissolved when Hillary had to step down to help Bill run for President.
What most people don’t talk about is that Hillary was a hired gun to promote diversity within American corporate culture. In terms that would make consumers balk, she would explain the benefits of diverse leadership and the progressive image it gives to aging brands that find it challenging to compete in the digital age.
We may not get the transcripts, but if you check the dates of her speeches for each company or trade group, check that against changes or additions in their leadership in the short term.
I am way over-simplifying her involvement, but my point is that Hillary is paid big bucks for a reason, but that reason isn’t as simple as the critics point out.