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 responsible sourcing program and, ultimately, improve the lives of workers in our supply chain.

Over the past several years Walmart has implemented a number of programs to support local suppliers and workers including:

  • Improving the jobs for more than 17,000 workers in 34 factories in Bangladesh through our Lean Manufacturing program. Through this program workers are able to become more empowered through job skills and factory efficiency training. Learn more from Asda in the UK:
  • Launched a program aimed at empowering the women who work in Walmart’s supply chain factories through the company’s Women in Factories Training program.  This program is teaching 60,000 women critical life skills including conflict resolution, communications, skills, personal health and wellness.
  • Working with our supplier partners and their factories to help them develop the capability to improve working conditions by investing in education, training and operational efficiencies through our Supply Chain Capacity building programs including the Supplier Development Program, Violation Correction Training, Orange School Program and Supplier Round Tables.
  • Participating in the Bangladesh Buyers Forum, to collaborate with 18 other brands to provide a training program to increase fire safety awareness among our suppliers and their employees in garment factories, which is expected reach to over 3,000 exporting garment factories in Bangladesh.

Some of our partners include: 

Global Social Compliance Program

The Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) is a business-driven program created to promote the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The GSCP was created by five leading companies, including Walmart, and is now made up of 39 brands and retailers. Members are working to enable mutual recognition between existing social and environmental compliance systems globally, in order to reduce duplication in auditing and build trust for further collaboration.

International Labor Organization/International Finance Corporation Better Work Program

The combined efforts of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched the Better Work Program with an objective to improve factory working conditions in the garment sector. Program components include monitoring factories, conducting training modules and engaging with key stakeholders, including workers, factories, communities and governments. We've partnered with the ILO/IFC in support of the Better Work Program, which currently operates in Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Lesotho, Nicaragua and Vietnam, with plans to expand into Bangladesh and other sectors of production such as footwear.

Ethical Trading Initiative

Asda/George is a founding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and works within a multistakeholder environment on industry issues such as home workers, Sumangali workers, working hours projects, fire safety, living wages and purchasing practices. ETI touches a wide spectrum of issues to help improve and drive change through the supply base we source from and to improve conditions for the workers who make our clothes.