Responsible Sourcing

Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative

Working together for a safe, responsible supply chain

Walmart’s business has always centered on helping people live better. This mission applies not only to our customers and associates, but also to the workers who make our products.

In 2013, we made important enhancements to our Responsible Sourcing program in three key areas:

  • Empowerment: Empowering workers, suppliers, factories and our own merchants through training, capacity building programs and ongoing support.
  • Worker safety and well-being: Focusing on worker safety and well-being in our supply chain by verifying compliance with our standards through continued social and safety audits; strengthening labor and environmental practices in farms and factories that supply us with merchandise; and proactively collaborating with other brands, retailers, governments and key stakeholders.
  • Transparent supply chain: Promoting transparency in our supply chain by releasing the results of our in-depth factory assessments in Bangladesh and working with industry and stakeholder partners to share best practices and collaborate on sustainable solutions to challenges facing the global supply chain.

As we continue to grow our Responsible Sourcing program, we are expanding our international responsible sourcing team. Currently, we have more than 140 Responsible Sourcing associates working in our market and sourcing offices around the globe.

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Promoting Supply Chain Safety

Walmart is improving conditions in factories from which we source through education, worker empowerment and rigorous inspections.

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Education & Training

We're working with our supplier partners to improve factory working conditions by investing in education and training initiatives. 

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Responsible Sourcing in Bangladesh

Walmart has enhanced safety standards in Bangladesh. Learn about our in-depth factory assessments here.

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Partnerships

We’re collaborating with stakeholders, working with leading NGOs and taking an active role in industry coalitions to drive positive change.

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Sourcing Standards & Resources

Read our Standards for Suppliers and learn how we verify suppliers are adhering to these requirements.