People in Supply Chains

We seek to strengthen the demand for responsible labor practices, enhance worker and community voices, invest in programs that advance small holder farmer and entrepreneur livelihoods, and provide opportunities for women in product supply chains around the world.


Walmart is committed to working with suppliers and other stakeholders with the objective to make global supply chains more responsible. The foundation of Walmart’s Responsible Sourcing program is grounded in Walmart’s Standards for Suppliers. These standards set forth expectations that suppliers and their facilities operate responsibly, in ways that protect worker dignity. They align to Walmart’s values of serving customers, respecting all people, striving for excellence and acting with integrity. Learn more about Walmart’s Responsible Sourcing program.

Our philanthropy in this area is focused on strengthening worker dignity by promoting the responsible recruitment of workers and fair and responsible labor practices. We also invest in initiatives that provide market access and economic opportunity to small holder farmers, entrepreneurs and women.

People farming in India

Our Focus Areas

Our philanthropy is focused on three areas:
Dignity of Women

Through our philanthropic work, we look for ways to advance gender equity across our investments. In supply chains, we look to support efforts that decrease prevalence of discrimination and harassment and increase opportunities for women to advance.

Grantee Spotlight

Tufts University Labor Lab
In 2011, the Walmart Foundation launched the Women in Factories Training Program (WiF) with a goal of training 60,000 women around the world over five years. In 2014, the Walmart Foundation provided a grant to the Tufts University Labor Lab to conduct an impact evaluation of the WIF training. Tufts independently collected data in Bangladesh, Central America and India to evaluate the efficacy of the work. In May 2019, Tufts University completed the five-year evaluation of the impact of the Women in Factories Training program. The evaluation found that the WiF foundational training reduced late days for female workers, increased productivity, and reduced worker turnover. The evaluation also found that the training reduced the gender pay gap by 40 percent and increased a sense of pride in work, teamwork, and problem solving.

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Worker Dignity is focused on strengthening demand for responsible labor practices, investing in data and transparency, enhancing worker and community voice and supporting strong policy and regulation.

Grantee Spotlight

With support from the Walmart Foundation, Stronger Together has launched a multi-stakeholder effort to stimulate a responsible recruitment marketplace for farmworker employment in the U.S. produce industry. The initial two-year program seeks to create demand for responsible recruitment, increase the supply of ethically sourced labor, and improve the recruitment and employment experience for migrant workers. To achieve this, Stronger Together has facilitated stakeholder dialogue and created forums, will provide expert practical guidance for businesses on embedding responsible recruitment through face-to-face interactive training and online tools, is piloting a social compliance certification scheme for Farm Labor Contractors and more.

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Smallholder Farmers and Entrepreneurs aims to support programs that help smallholder farmers increase their income through strengthening farmer producer organizations (groups of farmers working together to sell to markets) and by helping those farmers to develop business and technical skills. In 2018, the Walmart Foundation committed $25 million over five years towards smallholder farmer economic opportunity initiatives in India, with funding for projects that improve market access and help create sustainable livelihoods for farmers.

Grantee Spotlight

The Walmart Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to Digital Green to help develop Farmstack, a digital data platform designed to provide better services for and enhance the livelihoods of Andhra Pradesh farmers, specifically targeting lower-income communities in farmer producer organizations.

TechnoServe was awarded a $3.5 million grant to help develop and train up to 20 farmer producer organizations and facilitate market linkages by setting up procurement and aggregation systems. The program will also focus on training women smallholders to help expand their market options, as well as extend support to smallholder farmers on sustainable agriculture practices. With this funding, TechnoServe aims to boost incomes for 25,000 farmers (50% of whom will be women).

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Applications are by invitation only for 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.

Reference and Research

Check out some great resources and collaborations on how organizations are promoting responsible recruitment of workers in supply chains and providing economic opportunity to small holder farmers, entrepreneurs and women.
  • Not In The Same Boat
    This study covers prevalence and patterns of labor abuse across Thailand’s diverse fishing industry....
  • Developing A Financially Viable Ethical Recruitment Model...
    This paper provides analysis and perspective of labour recruitment along the Myanmar-Thailand corrid...
  • Ethics and Human Rights in Anti-Trafficking
    This study covers ethical standards and approaches for working with migrant workers in the digital a...
  • Tools for Social Assurance in Supply Chains
    Built by FishWise and support from the Walmart Foundation, we’re excited to introduce the Roadmap fo...
  • Farm Labor and Mexico’s Export Produce Industry
    The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, along with CIESAS and Migration Dialogue, are pleased to launc...
  • Women In Factories Evaluation
    This evaluation covers Tufts Labor Lab's experimental research for worker dignity.
  • Navigator- Supporting Safe Migration and Antitrafficking ...
    Navigator narrows the gap between policy and practice by supporting effective community-based approa...