Kohl's Corporation — unethical practices
The text below is from a letter that was sent to kohl's executives in september 2016. They did nothing about it, and all of the parties involved still work at kohls.
I am writing to inform you of a violation of kohl’s ethical standards policy on the part of a senior manager within their institution.
In may of 2016, kohl’s real estate and property administration teams used funds provided by kohl’s human resources department to go on a team outing to the I love kickboxing club located in brookfield, wi. The group, made up of employees ranging from administrative assistants to a senior vice president and 2 directors consisted of approximately 13 employees in total. This certain senior manager was included in the outing group, and is also an active member of the kickboxing club. At the same time, the club was holding a raffle for active members to receive entries for non-members that they refer. The senio manager received entries in the drawing for each of her coworkers who attended the kohl’s outing, and subsequently won the drawing, personally receiving a $1, 000.00 cash prize. (See the attached photo from the facebook page of the kickboxing club. )
At the time of the outing, because kohl’s paid for the event, the kickboxing club was kohl’s vendor, yet the senior manager personally received the cash prize. Page 13 of kohl’s ethical standards policy states that receiving cash and/or gifts and prizes from outside vendors is never allowed. This certainly seems like a kickback of sorts. On page 1 of the ethical standards policy, questions are posed regarding the defensibility of the actions of associates, and how their actions affect their team and the reputation of the company. Was kohl’s human resources department aware of this occurrence? Did her supervisor approve of her actions? How did her coworkers feel about her keeping a sizable cash prize for herself? Do they even know?