Company Ranking18 out of
Walmart Inc. (Walmart), the largest retailer in the world and the third-largest apparel online retailer in North America,1 ranks 18th out of 37 companies, disclosing slightly more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers. Walmart maintained its 2018 rank because it began disclosing engagement with governments on the regulation of recruitment agencies, carrying out a risk assessment on its supply chains to analyze social compliance risks, requiring suppliers to ensure that employment and recruitment agencies adhere to its standards, and data on the use of grievance processes. Walmart scores higher than average on the themes of Commitment & Governance, Recruitment, and Remedy and lower than average on the remaining themes. Walmart does not disclose the steps it has taken to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor across its supply chain tiers. KnowTheChain identified three additional allegations of indicators of forced labor in Walmart’s supply chains. However, Walmart does not disclose engagement with affected stakeholders or remedy outcomes for workers in any case. Walmart is encouraged to improve on the themes of Traceability & Risk Assessment, Worker Voice, and Remedy.
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THEME & indicator score
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.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||80 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||75 / 100|
|Training||45 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||75 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||0 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||50 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||25 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||50 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||75 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||75 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||30 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||25 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||60 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||70 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||30 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||75 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||12.5 / 100|