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  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., branded as Walmart, has been criticized by many groups and individuals, including labor unions and other groups. They have protested against Walmart, the company's policies and business practices, including charges of racial and gender discrimination. Other criticisms include foreign product sourcing, treatment of product suppliers, environmental practices, the use of public subsidies, and the company's security policies. Wal-Mart denies any wrongdoing and says that low prices are the result of efficiency. In 2005, labor unions created new organizations and websites to criticize the company, including Wake Up Wal-Mart and Walmart Watch. By the end of 2005, Walmart had launched Working Families for Wal-Mart to counter those groups. Efforts to counter criticism include a public relations campaign in 2005, which included several television commercials. The company retained the public relations firm Edelman to interact with the press and respond to negative media reports, and has started working with bloggers by sending them news, suggesting topics for postings, and inviting them to visit Walmart's corporate headquarters.

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