Responsible Sourcing Stories
Commitment: Complete audits for 100 percent of factories supplying direct-import, private-label and nonbranded merchandise for all retail markets by Jan. 31, 2012.
Progress: As of Jan. 31, 2012, we reached 96 per cent completion.
Commitment: Require that 95 per cent of direct-import factories receive one of the two highest ratings in audit for environmental and social practices by Jan. 31, 2012.
Progress: As of Jan. 31, 2012, 94.8 per cent of factories have received one of the two highest ratings.
Commitment: Ensure 86 per cent of our domestic suppliers’ private-label and nonbranded factories in the U.S., U.K. and Canada receive one of the two highest ratings in audits for environmental and social practices by Jan. 31, 2012.
Progress: As of Jan. 31, 2012, Walmart U.S. achieved 90.5 per cent, Walmart Canada achieved 88.1 per cent and ASDA achieved 88.6 per cent.
Partner with our suppliers to identify and implement solutions for improving factory conditions
Commitment: Enroll approximately 100 suppliers in the Supplier Development Program annually.
Progress: As of January 2012, there were 198 suppliers participating.
Commitment: Improve worker dormitory standards and canteen conditions globally in our suppliers’ factories.
Progress: New dormitory and canteen standards have been developed and included in Walmart’s Standards for Suppliers. Twenty-five pilot audits have been completed in key sourcing areas to gauge the impact of more stringent standards.
Commitment: Enhance chemical and machine safety in supplier factories through training, improved hazard protection safeguards and strengthened Ethical Sourcing program requirements.
Progress: New chemical and machine safety standards have been developed and included in the Standards for Suppliers.
Supply-chain needs assessments have been conducted in 106 factories in key sourcing areas.
Provide women working in supplier factories with the life, health, communication, technical and leadership skills to increase their economic and social opportunities
Commitment: Establish training programs for 60,000 women in 150 factories in India, Bangladesh, Central America and China over the next five years.
Progress: Since we announced in 2011, we have started programming with CARE in Bangladesh and Swasti in India.
Proactively advocate for policies and practices that promote dignity and respect for all workers in Walmart’s supply chain
Commitment: Meet and exceed requirements of the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act and expand our efforts to make a significant contribution to global antitrafficking and antislavery efforts.
Progress: We posted our disclosure document on walmartstores.com, included language on antihuman, trafficking and slavery in our Standards for Suppliers, and launched an internal awareness initiative. Additionally, a group of core stakeholders was convened on the topic, resulting in the identification of five potential areas of focus: migrant labour, bonded labour, commodities, informal supply chains and conflict minerals. Attendees included End Human Trafficking Now, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the International Labour Organization, ManpowerGroup, Verite and others.