The world’s largest retailer. Uses prison labor in its supply chain.
Walmart Inc, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the largest retailer in the world. As of 2020, it manufactures and sells goods each week to 265 million customers in 27 countries. Walmart’s total revenue in 2020 was $524 billion. It owns 4701 properties in the U.S. and has over 2.2 million employees worldwide.
In 2020, Walmart reported that “a small number” of its suppliers in the U.S. use prison labor. This is despite the company’s past declarations that it “will not tolerate” the use of forced labor or prison labor by its suppliers. Allegations of forced labor and prison labor in Walmart’s supply chain date back at least to the late 1990s. As of June 2020, the company was reportedly reviewing its policies on the use of prison labor in its supply chain.