Strengthening Demand for Responsible Recruitment Practices
Walmart seeks to address potential risks to the dignity and safety of workers in our supply chain through working with others to strengthen the demand for responsible recruitment practices, promote safe working conditions, and advance gender equity.
Addressing Forced Labor Risks
By the end of 2026, we want responsible recruitment to be the standard business practice for employers throughout the global supply chain.
Why It Matters
Forced labor is recognized as a risk in multiple industries employing migrant workers including seafood, electronics, and agriculture. As migrant workers often rely on labor brokers to facilitate their migration and employment, they may be exposed to unethical and exploitative recruitment practices including being charged multiple fees for travel, passport and visa processing, medical examinations and other unspecified services. These fees can often be excessive, leading to debt that may leave workers vulnerable to further exploitation.
Walmart believes in the Employer Pays Principle — that no worker should pay for a job and that the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer — and that it is fundamental in combatting exploitation, forced labor, and the trafficking of migrant workers in global supply chains.
Walmart is actively working with suppliers and others to help mitigate risks for those most vulnerable to forced labor and trafficking. We believe that promoting the dignity of workers in our supply chain begins by setting clear expectations, as we’ve done with our Standards for Suppliers and Responsible Recruitment Expectations. These standards are consistent with our respect for human rights and include expectations around forced labor, worker safety and respect in the workplace. We monitor and hold suppliers accountable to our standards through our Responsible Sourcing Compliance program.
Beyond compliance, Walmart is working with suppliers and others to address complex social issues in a way that creates system wide change. Our Supplier Leadership Program on People is designed to support suppliers on their journey to strengthen worker dignity in their supply chain. Launched for the 2022 reporting season, this voluntary program supports suppliers with guidance on meaningful actions they can take to set goals across three priority areas that seek to advance responsible recruitment and dignity for workers. We have designed the program to make it seamless for suppliers to share their goals and progress of their actions on an annual basis through a new People Pillar of the Sustainability Portal.