Walmart Inc

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The world’s largest retailer. Uses prison labor in its supply chain.

Walmart Inc, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the world's largest retailer, with a 2021 reported revenue of $559.2 billion.

Responding to public criticism in 2020, Walmart disclosed that “a small number” of its suppliers in the U.S. use "voluntary" prison labor, and that it would be reviewing its policies on the use of prison labor in its supply chain. Walmart has not made any public disclosure on the matter since, but its 2021 code of conduct implicitly permits the use of prison labor, as it states the company would not buy or source from suppliers that use "forced, underage, or involuntary prison labor."

This represents a step back from Walmart's previous policy, which read: "Forced or prison labor will not be tolerated by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will not accept products from Vendor Partners who utilize in any manner forced labor or prison labor in the manufacture or in their contracting, subcontracting or other relationships for the manufacture of their products.” Allegations of forced labor and prison labor in Walmart’s supply chain date back at least to the late 1990s.

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19 April 2022