OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Walmart has tracing efforts for some commodities in place. To better demonstrate a strong understanding of its supply chains, the company may consider disclosing the names and addresses of first-tier suppliers, the countries of below-first-tier suppliers, the sourcing countries of raw materials at high risk of forced labor, and information on its suppliers' workforce. The company is further encouraged to assess forced labor risks across its supply chains and disclose the risks identified.
To support collective worker empowerment, the company is encouraged to work with suppliers to improve their practices in relation to freedom of association and collective bargaining and to work with local or global trade unions to support freedom of association in its supply chains. Where there are regulatory constraints on freedom of association, the company may consider ensuring workplace environments in which workers in its supply chains are able to pursue alternative forms of organizing.
While the company discloses a corrective action plan process for its suppliers, it is encouraged to disclose a summary or an example of its corrective action process in practice. Further, it is encouraged to provide further detail on its process for responding to the complaints and/or reported violations of policies and standards, such as timelines and engagement with affected stakeholders. Regarding forced labor allegations identified in the company's supply chains, the company may consider disclosing a public response to the allegations. The response should cover each aspect of each allegation, outcomes of the remedy process in response to the allegations, and evidence that the remedies are satisfactory to the victims or groups representing the victims.