Walmart Inc. (Walmart), the world’s biggest company, ranks joint 19th out of 65 companies. Since 2021, the company improved on the themes of Traceability & Risk Assessment and Recruitment, disclosing information on its tracing process for raw materials in its supply chains, and training with the International Organisation for Migration for 100 supplier facilities in Thailand and Malaysia on managing the risks of migrant worker exploitation, and for more than 90 recruiters in seven countries. However, the company did not improve across other themes. The company performed particularly poorly on the themes of Purchasing Practices and Remedy. As such, the company’s rank has dropped by one place. The company’s score is based on its stronger performance on the theme of Commitment & Governance.
KnowTheChain identified one allegation of forced labour in the company’s supply chains. The company reports checking whether the facilities were disclosed within its supply chains and finding they were not listed. However, the company does not disclose the steps it has taken to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labour across raw materials and supply chain tiers.
The company has an opportunity to improve its performance and disclosure on the themes of Traceability & Risk Assessment, Purchasing Practices, and Remedy.
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The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The themes are comprised of a total of 12 key indicators. For each indicator, a company can score a total of 100 points.