We have developed a program designed to protect our global enterprise, which is based on the National Institute of Standards Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. We have also established defined procedures for responding in the event of a breach, including when and how to engage with internal management, stakeholders and law enforcement.
We operate in 27 countries, source products from more than 100 countries and employ approximately 2.2 million associates from diverse backgrounds. We expect our team members, suppliers and contractors to consistently champion a common culture and set of values. These include treating all people with respect, acting with personal integrity and complying with the laws of the communities in which we operate. We also value our culture of open, honest and direct dialogue among all associates.
The Walmart Board is comprised of individuals whom we believe collectively provide an appropriate balance of distinguished leadership, diverse perspectives, strategic skill sets and professional experience relevant to our business and strategic objectives. Our Board has five primary standing committees, including the Nominating and Governance Committee, which reviews and advises management on Walmart’s ESG initiatives. In FY2019, the Nominating and Governance Committee met five times.
Walmart’s associates and customers live and work in many communities around the world. We aim to strengthen these communities through our stores, which provide access to affordable food and other products for daily needs; our jobs and advancement opportunities; and by supporting local causes.
Walmart’s supply chain reaches more than 100,000 suppliers globally. In 1992, we launched our Responsible Sourcing program to establish our expectation that suppliers and their facilities operate responsibly, in a way that protects worker dignity. We set expectations through our Standards for Suppliers and use a riskbased approach to monitoring our supply chain, focusing audits on those geographies with greater potential risks.
As Sam Walton created the company that has developed into the Walmart we know today, he wanted to provide customers access to affordable products, so they could save money to live better. He talked about wanting to “take care of our associates” and support the vision customers hold for their communities. While Sam used his own words, a respect for human rights corresponds with core values he instilled in our company.