Here is a story about Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott seeking greenie advice from the Prince of Wales. Any attempt on my part to summarize the tale wouldn’t be nearly as good as the article itself, so I offer you the best tidbits of blunt British reporting. I love me some British.
The Times on Wal-Mart:
Mr Scott is desperate to transform the image of the monolithic retail organisation, which has a history of building huge superstores on the edge of towns on greenfield sites and squashing competition with an aggressive pricing policy.
The Times on the Prince of Wales:
[A] champion of green causes whose own lavish lifestyle often comes in for criticism.
The Times on Charles’ twitterpation with Scott:
The Prince, who is acutely aware of the bad public relations profile of Wal-Mart, decided to go ahead with the meeting because it was a rare chance to meet the head of such a large company.
The Times on why the Prince shouldn’t have been so twitterpated:
When Wal-Mart took over Asda [the second-biggest retailer in Britain] in 1999 it withdrew from Business in the Community, which is headed by the Prince and which seeks to introduce good corporate practice in all sizes of companies.
Apparently Scott and the Prince just talked and made out and stuff. No word on what tidbits of wisdom the Prince actually provided — if you know what I mean. Incidentally, Wal-Mart, while making steps in the environment department, still sucks at taking care of its workers.