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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Market Access for Smallholder Farmers and Entrepreneurs

We support initiatives for smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in emerging markets to help improve their skills, market access and to build resilience. For farmers, our priority is to help Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) boost their capacity and reach, invest in sustainable practices and develop infrastructure to add value to crop production. For example, since 2017, the Walmart Foundation has provided grants which are expected to reach more than 730,000 smallholder farmers in India, Mexico and Central America, 44% of whom are women. This grants of more than $67 million are helping provide market access and build resilience.

In India, the Foundation's smallholder investments, to date, include over $29 million – making good on a 2018 commitment to invest $25 million over 5 years to improve farmer livelihoods in that country. Other initiatives target individuals operating small businesses in retail, services and manufacturing in South Africa.

Grantee Spotlight

PRADAN empowers women farmers
Delhi-based non-profit Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) received a Walmart Foundation grant of $1.9 million in September 2020 to launch its Livelihood Enhancement through Market Access and Women Empowerment (LEAP) program in eastern India. LEAP supports marginalized women to work together in FPOs to adopt sustainable farming practices, diversify and intensify their output, and improve their livelihoods. LEAP aims to reach 45,000 women farmers over two years, benefiting about 225,000 people.

Tanager enhances farmer market readiness
International non-profit Tanager has received a Walmart Foundation totaling just over $2.6million to implement a Farmer Market Readiness Program in Andhra Pradesh, India. This program which launched in 2020, is working with 13 FPOs to help more than 15,000 farmers, including more than 5,600 women, increase their productivity and profitability. It builds upon and strengthens interventions started under a prior grant issued to Tanager from the Walmart Foundation which ran from 2017 to 2020, and helped 17,500 farmers, including more than 5,600 women farmers, increase their yields and market their produce via Farmer Producer Organizations.

TechnoServe improves production practices and market linkages
Launched in 2019 with close to $3m in grant funding support from the Walmart Foundation, the TechnoServe Smallholder Market Access Program in Central America is working to address the constraints that hamper smallholder farmers from transforming their farms into more profitable ventures and that prevent buyers from tapping into this rich supply of high-quality product. At the production level, the project will train farmers in the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) they need to improve their yields and quality to meet commercial requirements. Beyond the farm gate, the project will strengthen the business practices of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) to better connect farmers with formal markets, facilitate their access to financing, add value to their products, and secure the best possible prices for their harvests. The Program will sustainably increase the revenues of 5,000 small farmers in Guatemala and Nicaragua by 2022.

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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.
  • Sustainable Livelihoods for Smallholder Farmers
    This resource showcases TechnoServe's transformation of farmer producer organizations in India.
  • Seeding advancement of women in smallholder farming: insi...
    In this report, the Walmart Foundation offers insights into advancing economic prosperity of women s...
  • Improving worker well- being in factories around the worl...
    The Tufts Labor Lab works to identify viable systems to improve working conditions and worker well-b...
  • 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...