Union Voice: Walmart has the ability to impact business as usual because of their large numbers of direct suppliers as well as indirect suppliers. Walmart is leading the worldwide race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. It has capitalized on global trade rules that allow full access to the U.S. market, even if products are made under conditions of extreme repression. Even at a time of great economic distress faced by most other companies, Walmart continues to boost record profits.
In order for Walmart to improve conditions in its supplier factories it must first fundamentally alter its business practice of demanding a continuously lower price from supplier factories – a price which renders those factories unable to pay workers a living wage. Further, Walmart must commit to supplying from those factories in which workers have democratic representation and the right to bargain collectively with their employer. Additionally, Walmart must open its supply chain to independent monitoring so that independent, unannounced, factory assessments may take place.
Humanists for Social Justice and Environmental Action supports Human Rights, Social and Economic Justice, Environmental Activism and Planetary Ethics in North America & Globally, with particular reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights UN treaties and conventions listed above.