Bentonvillle, AR – January 4, 2013 – When Walmart's chief executive, Michael Duke, appeared at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting in New York this month, a raucous crowd of protesters awaited him. Walmart was confronting reports of bribery in Mexico, a wave of labor demonstrations in the United States and, perhaps most critically, questions about a grisly fire that had killed 112 workers at a Bangladeshi garment factory used by several Walmart suppliers.
Dhaka, Bangladesh – January 4, 2012 – A new plan for audits of labor conditions at Walmart’s US distribution centers drew skeptical reactions from labor groups Thursday. According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plan on December 28, Walmart’s plan is “similar to” the labor monitoring system the company currently uses for its overseas suppliers in countries such as China and Bangladesh.
Toronto – December 14, 2012 (updated December 15, 2012) – Leading labour organizations from around the globe joined forces with community members on December 14 to make an important stand for change at Walmart by asking the retailer to start respecting the rights of its 2 million employees.