Walmart expects our suppliers to provide a safe working environment. To help address systemic issues affecting worker conditions more broadly, we collaborate with industry, NGOs, worker organizations and local governments.
Safety in Bangladesh
Walmart became a founding member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety in 2013. The Alliance concluded its five-year mission at the end of 2018. Walmart was a founding member of the Alliance, which trained nearly 1.6 million factory employees on basic safety and provided more than 1.5 million workers in 1,000 factories access to a helpline to anonymously report safety or other job-related concerns. Approximately 93% of total remediation items across Alliance-affiliated factories were completed—including 90% of high-priority remediation items.
Even though the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has ended, we’re staying involved in the region. We continue to monitor safety in our suppliers’ apparel facilities in Bangladesh, and we are working with other brands and retailers through Nirapon, an organization focused on monitoring ongoing safety compliance and maintaining the progress made on safety in the industry.
Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices
Walmart also helped develop the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices, which establishes a common set of principles for how to responsibly produce fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.
We helped bring together two of the largest produce associations and their members (produce suppliers and buyers) to agree on guiding principles for worker treatment, including forced labor and worker safety.
The Charter provides a framework for responsible labor practices in fresh produce and floral supply chains and we aim to source 100% Walmart U.S. fresh produce and floral from suppliers who have endorsed the Ethical Charter by the end of 2022. As of the end of FY2022, 99% of net sales in the U.S. came from suppliers who have endorsed the Ethical Charter.
Dignity of Workers in retail supply chains
We are also committed to addressing potential risks to the dignity of workers in 10 retail supply chains by 2025. Such efforts reflect our commitment to engage with partners to address potential risks to the dignity of workers in a minimum of 10 retail supply chains by 2025, focusing on reducing forced labor and promoting worker safety and gender equity. We have identified five supply chains to date:
- Apparel in Bangladesh
- Produce in the U.S. and Mexico
- Shrimp in Thailand
- Tuna processed in Thailand
- Electronics sourced for the U.S. retail market
We are working to improve the lives of women around the world by providing more training, market access and career opportunities. Walmart is committed to promoting the dignity of women in the supply chain, including by reducing the risk of harassment and abuse.