Walmart Hall of Shame

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Walmart is the biggest private employer in the world, and one of the worst. The work that we do together to improve working conditions for Walmart workers throughout the supply chain impacts the lives of over 2 million employees and improves all of our lives and communities. Let’s make 2013 the year we improve the economy so it works for all of us, not just those at the top. Our gift to each other can be a multitude of small acts of solidarity that add up to an invincible force for change.Click here to sign this pledge to take action in 2013 as part of your New Year’s Resolutions.
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"We are disturbed that despite your company’s claim to support civil rights, you are funding an organization that has helped propel serious attacks on our communities.” - Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, and Danny Glover
In 2010 Walmart employed 482,391 minority hourly “associates” earning an average of $8.81 per hour, but poverty wages aren’t the only way that Walmart undermines minority communities. In addition, 88% of of campaign contributions from Walmart went to candidates that got a score below 20 out of 100 on a civil rights scorecard. 
While Walmart bowed to public pressure to disavow the ALEC organization that aggressively pushed voter suppression laws and “Stand Your Ground” laws, the Walton Family Foundation has not stopped funding and supporting ALEC. 
ALEC and the NRA create and push laws that make it easy for people to get high-powered assault weapons like the ones used in Newtown and so many of the tragic mass shootings that have plagued our nation. The Color of Change calls on corporations to cut their ties with ALEC. It’s time for the Walton Family to do the same. 
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"We are disturbed that despite your company’s claim to support civil rights, you are funding an organization that has helped propel serious attacks on our communities.” - Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, and Danny Glover

In 2010 Walmart employed 482,391 minority hourly “associates” earning an average of $8.81 per hour, but poverty wages aren’t the only way that Walmart undermines minority communities. In addition, 88% of of campaign contributions from Walmart went to candidates that got a score below 20 out of 100 on a civil rights scorecard. 

While Walmart bowed to public pressure to disavow the ALEC organization that aggressively pushed voter suppression laws and “Stand Your Ground” laws, the Walton Family Foundation has not stopped funding and supporting ALEC

ALEC and the NRA create and push laws that make it easy for people to get high-powered assault weapons like the ones used in Newtown and so many of the tragic mass shootings that have plagued our nation. The Color of Change calls on corporations to cut their ties with ALEC. It’s time for the Walton Family to do the same

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The Bribery Aisle: How Walmart Got Its Way in Mexico
The NYT investigation reports that “Wal-Mart de Mexico was not the reluctant victim of a corrupt culture that insisted on bribes as the cost of doing business. Nor did it pay bribes merely to speed up routine approvals. Rather, Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited. It used bribes to subvert democratic governance — public votes, open debates, transparent procedures. It used bribes to circumvent regulatory safeguards that protect Mexican citizens from unsafe construction. It used bribes to outflank rivals.”
The NYT article comes in the wake of Walmart’s announcement that they were widening a self-probe of bribery and corruption problems to include Brazil, China, South Africa and India.
Authorities in India are already investigating Wal-Mart for possible violations of foreign investment rules, relating to a $100 million payment there.
The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Walmart’s possible cover-up and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the federal law that makes it a crime for American corporations or their subsidiaries to bribe foreign officials. Mexican authorities and Congressional Democrats have also begun investigations, and Wal-Mart has been hit by shareholder lawsuits from several major pension funds.
Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act carry penalties of fines of up to $5 million and up to 20 years in prison, but the FCPA has a five year statute of limitations. Knowledge of the Mexican bribery scandal reached company headquarters in September 2005, but Walmart executives shut down the internal investigation until November 2011 when they learned of the NYT investigation underway.
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The Bribery Aisle: How Walmart Got Its Way in Mexico

The NYT investigation reports that “Wal-Mart de Mexico was not the reluctant victim of a corrupt culture that insisted on bribes as the cost of doing business. Nor did it pay bribes merely to speed up routine approvals. Rather, Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited. It used bribes to subvert democratic governance — public votes, open debates, transparent procedures. It used bribes to circumvent regulatory safeguards that protect Mexican citizens from unsafe construction. It used bribes to outflank rivals.”

The NYT article comes in the wake of Walmart’s announcement that they were widening a self-probe of bribery and corruption problems to include Brazil, China, South Africa and India.

Authorities in India are already investigating Wal-Mart for possible violations of foreign investment rules, relating to a $100 million payment there.

The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Walmart’s possible cover-up and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the federal law that makes it a crime for American corporations or their subsidiaries to bribe foreign officials. Mexican authorities and Congressional Democrats have also begun investigations, and Wal-Mart has been hit by shareholder lawsuits from several major pension funds.

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act carry penalties of fines of up to $5 million and up to 20 years in prison, but the FCPA has a five year statute of limitations. Knowledge of the Mexican bribery scandal reached company headquarters in September 2005, but Walmart executives shut down the internal investigation until November 2011 when they learned of the NYT investigation underway.

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Walmart helped make the Newtown shooter’s AR-15 the most popular assault weapon in America
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1. The Bushmaster AR-15 Assault Rifle has been used this year alone in several horrific attacks including at the Newtown school, at an Oregon mall that killed two people earlier this week, and at the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting that took twelve lives. 
2. The Bushmaster AR-15 is on sale at about 1,700 Walmarts nationwide, although the weapon was pulled from the website on December 18th in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
3. Walmart stores offer ammunition and guns on unlocked shelves supervised by hourly employees without specific training on firearms safety and sales. 
4. In 2005, Walmart paid $14.5 million to settle a suit filed by the CA State Attorney General for thousands of violation of state gun laws. Violations included: selling to people prohibited from owning guns, delivering guns before customers passed a background check, and failing to verify gun purchasers’ identities. 
5. Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation have been key sponsers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their aggressive promotion of “Stand Your Ground” laws. Although Walmart bowed under public pressure to drop out of ALEC after the Trayvon Martin shooting, the Walton family continues to contribute to ALEC’s numerous efforts to weaken state gun regulations.
6. Many communities have struggled to limit Walmart gun and ammunition sales in their communities with little lasting success.
7. Since the start of 2012, there have been at least 50 shootings on Walmart property, incidents tracked on a blog called walmartshootings.blogspot.com
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Walmart helped make the Newtown shooter’s AR-15 the most popular assault weapon in America

7 More Facts:

1. The Bushmaster AR-15 Assault Rifle has been used this year alone in several horrific attacks including at the Newtown school, at an Oregon mall that killed two people earlier this week, and at the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting that took twelve lives. 

2. The Bushmaster AR-15 is on sale at about 1,700 Walmarts nationwide, although the weapon was pulled from the website on December 18th in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

3. Walmart stores offer ammunition and guns on unlocked shelves supervised by hourly employees without specific training on firearms safety and sales. 

4. In 2005, Walmart paid $14.5 million to settle a suit filed by the CA State Attorney General for thousands of violation of state gun laws. Violations included: selling to people prohibited from owning guns, delivering guns before customers passed a background check, and failing to verify gun purchasers’ identities. 

5. Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation have been key sponsers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their aggressive promotion of “Stand Your Ground” laws. Although Walmart bowed under public pressure to drop out of ALEC after the Trayvon Martin shooting, the Walton family continues to contribute to ALEC’s numerous efforts to weaken state gun regulations.

6. Many communities have struggled to limit Walmart gun and ammunition sales in their communities with little lasting success.

7. Since the start of 2012, there have been at least 50 shootings on Walmart property, incidents tracked on a blog called walmartshootings.blogspot.com

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Seven years later, the same old Walmart excuses
2005: Walmart paid a record $11 million to settle lawsuits related to over 10,000 janitors hired by subcontractors whocleaned Walmart stores, worked seven nights a week, 364 days a year, and were often locked in the stores overnight. 
Walmart claimed they knew nothing about the janitors’ working conditions and that the independent contractors - not Walmart - were responsible for the janitors’ treatment. 
2012: Walmart has been named a defendent in another lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in reimbursement and penalties from Walmart and the contractors it hired to operate Walmart’s warehouses in Riverside County, CA. Walmart is accused of forcing approximately 1,800 employees "to work long hours, under oppressive workplace conditions, for legally inadequate pay."
Walmart claims to have no control over what happens in the warehouses in California where Walmart is the sole customer of the warehouse and has full-time management employees on-site. 
Tell Walmart to stop the retaliation against warehouse workers standing up for their rights and fighting for a safer workplace. 
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Seven years later, the same old Walmart excuses

2005: Walmart paid a record $11 million to settle lawsuits related to over 10,000 janitors hired by subcontractors whocleaned Walmart stores, worked seven nights a week, 364 days a year, and were often locked in the stores overnight

Walmart claimed they knew nothing about the janitors’ working conditions and that the independent contractors - not Walmart - were responsible for the janitors’ treatment. 

2012: Walmart has been named a defendent in another lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in reimbursement and penalties from Walmart and the contractors it hired to operate Walmart’s warehouses in Riverside County, CA. Walmart is accused of forcing approximately 1,800 employees "to work long hours, under oppressive workplace conditions, for legally inadequate pay."

Walmart claims to have no control over what happens in the warehouses in California where Walmart is the sole customer of the warehouse and has full-time management employees on-site. 

Tell Walmart to stop the retaliation against warehouse workers standing up for their rights and fighting for a safer workplace. 

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When America passes through the Walmart checkout line it getspoorer and fatter. Thanks, Walmart!
Walmart now captures $1 out of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. Walmart growth has led to a wave of mergers among food processing companies and supermarket chains. With less competition, Walmart has been able to pay farmers less and charge consumers more for food. When a Walmart store opens, poverty rates and food stamp usage rise. What were good jobs are replaced with poverty-level jobs. 
Walmart has also been linked to rising obesity in a recent report that found that when a Walmart SuperCenter opens in a new neighborhood, the average person in that neighborhood gains an extra 1.5 pounds over 10 years and 2.3 additional people out of 100 become obese. The study concludes that 10.5% of the rise in obesity since the late 1980’s can be explained by Walmart. 
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When America passes through the Walmart checkout line it getspoorer and fatter. Thanks, Walmart!

Walmart now captures $1 out of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. Walmart growth has led to a wave of mergers among food processing companies and supermarket chains. With less competition, Walmart has been able to pay farmers less and charge consumers more for food. When a Walmart store opens, poverty rates and food stamp usage rise. What were good jobs are replaced with poverty-level jobs. 

Walmart has also been linked to rising obesity in a recent report that found that when a Walmart SuperCenter opens in a new neighborhood, the average person in that neighborhood gains an extra 1.5 pounds over 10 years and 2.3 additional people out of 100 become obese. The study concludes that 10.5% of the rise in obesity since the late 1980’s can be explained by Walmart

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Demand Safe Working Conditions Throughout Walmart’s Supply Chain
Today is the anniversary of the 2010 Hameem Fire that took the lives of 29 Bangladeshi garment workers and seriously injured over 100 more in a factory sewing clothes for Walmart, the GAP, H&M, and other brands. 
Just a few months after that tragic fire Walmart representatives blocked efforts to help pay for fire safety measures in Bangladesh, citing them as “not financially feasible”. The cost of the proposed program would have been about ten cents more per garment. Simple measures like a fire exit would have prevented many of the 112 deaths in the Tazreen Factory fire last month. 
In the past decade, over 600 garment workers have lost their lives in factory fires in Bangladesh. These are tragedies that could be prevented if multinational buyers like Walmart would sign the binding Memorandum on Fire Safety. 
On Friday, December 14, we will deliver a petition signed by more than 200,000 people demanding safe working conditions throughout Walmart’s supply chain as part of a global day of action holding Walmart accountable for working conditions, safety and human rights. 
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Demand Safe Working Conditions Throughout Walmart’s Supply Chain

Today is the anniversary of the 2010 Hameem Fire that took the lives of 29 Bangladeshi garment workers and seriously injured over 100 more in a factory sewing clothes for Walmart, the GAP, H&M, and other brands. 

Just a few months after that tragic fire Walmart representatives blocked efforts to help pay for fire safety measures in Bangladesh, citing them as “not financially feasible”. The cost of the proposed program would have been about ten cents more per garment. Simple measures like a fire exit would have prevented many of the 112 deaths in the Tazreen Factory fire last month. 

In the past decade, over 600 garment workers have lost their lives in factory fires in Bangladesh. These are tragedies that could be prevented if multinational buyers like Walmart would sign the binding Memorandum on Fire Safety

On Friday, December 14, we will deliver a petition signed by more than 200,000 people demanding safe working conditions throughout Walmart’s supply chain as part of a global day of action holding Walmart accountable for working conditions, safety and human rights. 

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Walmart’s Supply Chain Gang
For over 20 years Walmart has partnered with Martori Farms, Arizona’s largest commercial agricultural company.Walmart’s long-time produce supplier happens to make use of forced, female laborers who are paid two dollars per hour, not including the travel time between the farm and the prison. Inmates report being forced to work in the blazing sun for eight hours with insufficient water, sunscreen, or breaks.
 At the other end of the chain, Walmart’s major salvage buyer makes use of subsidized prison labor to “demanufacture” goods. In prisons from Oklahoma to Nevada, prisoners strip Walmart labels and packaging from items destined for wholesale markets. Female prisoners in Nevada who keep less than $3 per hour in wages to do this work are employed under a program designed to “enable them to acquire marketable skills…”
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Walmart’s Supply Chain Gang

For over 20 years Walmart has partnered with Martori Farms, Arizona’s largest commercial agricultural company.Walmart’s long-time produce supplier happens to make use of forced, female laborers who are paid two dollars per hour, not including the travel time between the farm and the prison. Inmates report being forced to work in the blazing sun for eight hours with insufficient water, sunscreen, or breaks.

 At the other end of the chain, Walmart’s major salvage buyer makes use of subsidized prison labor to “demanufacture” goods. In prisons from Oklahoma to Nevada, prisoners strip Walmart labels and packaging from items destined for wholesale markets. Female prisoners in Nevada who keep less than $3 per hour in wages to do this work are employed under a program designed to “enable them to acquire marketable skills…”

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Walmart’s Team of Investigators is SHOCKED SHOCKED to Uncover Global Corruption and Bribery
Walmart has spent $35 million investigating itself since spring 2011, and has more than 300 outside lawyers and accountants working on the case.
So far, Walmart suspects itself of Bribery and Corruption in India, China, Brazil and Mexico with evidence into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). 
Walmart’s Mexican subsidiary violated the FCPA to the tune of $24 million and the company’s executives in Arkansas suppressed an internal investigation that was revealed only by a whistleblower to the New York Times.
Current Walmart CEO Mike Duke was head of the international division at the time of the suppressed investigation.
Clearly this is a very tough case as seven years have passed since Walmart first “found” evidence of the bribery and violations in Mexico.  It’s no wonder this team can’t keep track of work conditions in warehouses in California or fire safety standards of factories in Bangladesh. 
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Walmart’s Team of Investigators is SHOCKED SHOCKED to Uncover Global Corruption and Bribery

Walmart has spent $35 million investigating itself since spring 2011, and has more than 300 outside lawyers and accountants working on the case.

So far, Walmart suspects itself of Bribery and Corruption in India, China, Brazil and Mexico with evidence into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). 

Walmart’s Mexican subsidiary violated the FCPA to the tune of $24 million and the company’s executives in Arkansas suppressed an internal investigation that was revealed only by a whistleblower to the New York Times.

Current Walmart CEO Mike Duke was head of the international division at the time of the suppressed investigation.

Clearly this is a very tough case as seven years have passed since Walmart first “found” evidence of the bribery and violations in Mexico.  It’s no wonder this team can’t keep track of work conditions in warehouses in California or fire safety standards of factories in Bangladesh. 

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It’s only 10 Cents A Garment to Protect Human Life
Walmart had a chance to act to improve fire safety at Bangladesh factories a year ago, and instead took the lead against efforts to prevent future fires — because they were seen as “too costly.” A study published by the  Workers Rights Coalition notes that the cost to Walmart of ensuring basic fire safety would have been less than 10 cents per garment.  
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