We seek to strengthen the demand for responsible labor practices, invest in data and transparency, enhance worker and community voices and support strong policy and regulation.
Walmart has a large, geographically-diverse supply chain with suppliers around the world. Walmart is committed to working with suppliers and other stakeholders to make the global value chain more responsible, and the foundation of our Responsible Sourcing program is grounded in Walmart’s Standards for Suppliers. Our standards align to Walmart’s basic beliefs of serving customers, respecting all people, striving for excellence and acting with integrity. Learn more about Walmart’s Responsible Sourcing program.
Walmart.org 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.
Our Focus Areas
Walmart.org aims to help address systemic issues and transform global supply chains to better empower and support workers. Our investments focus on using data to disrupt these issues, supporting technologythat advances transparency, creating tools that empower workers, encouraging policy enforcement and sharing strategies for responsible recruitment. Primary focus areas include seafood, produce, apparel and electronics supply chains. Primary geographies include the North American Corridor and migration corridors in Southeast Asia.
Walmart.org is working to test and scale new approaches for responsible recruitment. In 2018, the Responsible Business Alliance Foundation received a Walmart Foundation grant to support their efforts towards more responsible recruitment practices, providing labor recruitment agencies with training assessments and pathways to certifications.
It can be hard for various stakeholders to address an issue like forced labor when they don’t have adequate data about how big the problem is or where it is most likely to occur. Walmart.org invests in programs developing actionable information through studies to understand the size and scale of issues, as well as the technology needed to better target responses.
In our efforts to improve the social and environmental impacts of the seafood industry, a Walmart Foundation grant was awarded to Global Fishing Watch in 2018 to strengthen efforts to improve the monitoring of vessels, both at sea and where these boats land their catch.
Walmart.org invests in programs that are scaling information and tools to help empower workers in supply chains with information about their rights and avenues for reporting.
One example of this work is the investment the Walmart Foundation made in the Issara Institute in 2017. Issara operates a digital platform called Golden Dreams, designed to help migrant workers safely access information about their rights and to share information about their recruitment and employment experiences.
When a public policy frame is working well, issues like forced labor, underage labor and human trafficking are prevented through a strong set of laws that are well understood and enforced at all levels of the criminal justice system. However, the reality is that there are many situations where this public policy or enforcement of laws is not working as it should. In targeted supply chains, Walmart.org invests in helping to build the capacity of public justice systems through increasing understanding of legal frameworks, or by helping to develop the capacity of law enforcement to better understand how to identify and disrupt these activities.
To combat human trafficking along worker recruitment corridors and within the Thai fishing and seafood industry, the Walmart Foundation made a grant in 2016 to International Justice Mission (IJM). This built upon funding from other institutions to help open the IJM Bangkok office to work alongside the Royal Thai Government as it combats human trafficking networks in the Thai fishing industry.
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.