Collaborating with stakeholders for positive change
Meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders is essential to driving positive and sustainable change in the supply chain. This is why we continue to work with leading NGOs and take an active role in industry coalitions. We work to improve the effectiveness of our own ethical sourcing program and, ultimately, improve the lives of workers in our supply chain.
Global Social Compliance Program
Walmart joined 33 leading companies in the creation of the Global Social Compliance Program to place social values at the heart of commercial decisions. The goals of the program are to drive conformity in ethical sourcing through transparency, build consensus on best practices, develop a consistent global message, reduce audit fatigue and duplication, and strengthen collaboration.
International Labor Organization/International Finance Corporation Better Work Program
Walmart has partnered with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support the Better Work Program used in such countries as Cambodia, Vietnam and Jordan. Better Work is a unique partnership between the ILO and IFC that brings together governments, employers, workers and international buyers to improve compliance with labor standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chains.
Business for Social Responsibility
As a member of Business for Social Responsibility, Walmart is part of a global network of more than 250 companies focused on developing sustainable business strategies and solutions through consultation, research and cross-sector collaboration. In 2008, we joined forces with BSR in an effort to meet our goal of improving energy efficiency in 200 factories in China by 2012.
Ethical Trading Initiative
Walmart remains an active member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, an alliance that works with companies, trade unions and volunteer organizations to improve the lives of workers across the globe who produce food and consumer goods. Through ETI, member organizations collectively tackle labor issues that are not easily addressed individually.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Walmart belongs to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs and academic experts who, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products. The coalition aims to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability, built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear sustainability performance.