The Standards frame the kind of relationship we expect to have with you – one based on transparency, cooperation, honesty and continuous improvement. We also have included new or clarified expectations around priority topics, including promoting responsible recruitment and addressing forced labor, human trafficking and unsafe working conditions. These are areas of increased focus for us as we work to be the most trusted retailer for our customers by meeting their expectations regarding worker dignity. Additionally, the Standards support our audit approach and address our expectations of you around:
We expect you to cascade our expectations throughout your supply chains and to encourage workers to speak up when something is not right. To help you do this, we have created posters and expect that you will post those most relevant to your industry, geography, and risks in the facilities you are using to produce merchandise for sale at Walmart. Please familiarize yourself with our Standards and accompanying disclosure and audit policies.
For the Walmart Standards for Suppliers, please click here.
A supplier must disclose a facility to Responsible Sourcing under the circumstances described below, unless exempted by this policy.
Where the product is for sale by any Walmart International retail market, or to be sold by Walmart through a Walmart e-Commerce platform, disclose the facility if it is:
Used in connection with the production of Private Brand Merchandise, Exclusive Brand Merchandise, or Direct Import Merchandise, AND It is:
Where disclosure is required, the supplier is responsible for making a timely and accurate disclosure using the electronic or manual forms provided by Walmart. In completing the disclosure process, suppliers must complete all required fields and make any required certifications.
Where disclosure is required, the facility must be in “active” status prior to production of product for Walmart. See instructions covered in guidance section of this document.
Disclosure is an ongoing obligation. Suppliers are responsible for actively maintaining their facility lists, associating and disassociating from facilities, and for keeping all required information up to date. If a supplier is uncertain whether it is required to disclose a given facility, the supplier should disclose the facility to Walmart.
More than one supplier may use the same facility. Each supplier has an independent duty to disclose. The fact that a facility is disclosed by another supplier—or is not disclosed by another supplier — does not affect other suppliers’ duties to disclose the same facility.
A facility must also be disclosed if it is designated for disclosure by Walmart as part of an industry, category, or market initiative sponsored by Walmart; Walmart will notify affected suppliers in the event of such designations. Walmart reserves the right to add to and amend these disclosure requirements on reasonable notice to affected suppliers.
Walmart’s expectation of compliance with our Standards for Suppliers extends throughout the supply chain. We use third-party social, safety and environmental compliance audits to help us evaluate our suppliers’ overall compliance and to manage risk in the supply chain. These audits seek to monitor whether, among other things, workers are properly paid for the work they do, labor is voluntary, workers are not being exploited, facilities comply with employment age laws and standards, working hours are not excessive and are consistent with local laws and standards, and facilities meet health and safety laws and regulations.
Walmart reviews third-party facility audit reports suppliers submit and assigns each facility a color rating based on the third-party program’s evaluation of the facility and Walmart’s own review of the reports.
You play an important role in making worker safety and wellbeing top priorities in your supply chains. By complying with our requirements and continuously improving conditions in your facilities, you also help our customers feel confident that the products they purchase are produced in the right way. Please review the attached Supplier Notification detailing changes to Walmart’s expectations.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has adopted rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on products they manufacture or contract to manufacture that contain tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (“3TG” or “conflict minerals”) mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries (“DRC Countries”) under circumstances that contribute to or support human rights violations.
As a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA’s) Conflict Minerals Program Executive Committee, we have partnered with other retailers to produce training materials and tailor the questionnaire originally developed by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to be more specific to retail suppliers. We have also engaged third party firms with specialized experience in various aspects of conflict minerals to assist Walmart in the development and implementation of our program, which includes due diligence activities consistent with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines.
More information about the efforts of the RILA Conflict Minerals Program can be found at www.conflictmineralscompliance.org