2004 Report on Standards for Suppliers

While we feel that the information in this report is accurate to the best of our knowledge, we acknowledge the difficulties of reporting. As we continue to improve the reporting of our ethical standards program, we welcome candid feedback from our stakeholder community, especially since there is a variety of opinions on the best approach.

View entire report (for broadband users - 43MB PDF), or view parts 1 - 4 below.

2004 Report on Standards for Suppliers PDF - Part 1
Contains message from Lee Scott, Executive summary, report objectives, background, scope, approach, training, and information on The Ethical Standards Team.

2004 Report on Standards for Suppliers PDF - Part 2
Contains 2004 program results, global challenges and trends and 2004 direct import violations.

2004 Report on Standards for Suppliers PDF - Part 3
Contains 2004 program enhancements, unannounced audits, stakeholder engagement, national brand pilot program, proprietary brand program, the Wal-Mart Ethics hotline, and third party service providers.

2004 Report on Standards for Suppliers PDF - Part 4
Contains 2004 future initiatives, unannounced audits, stakeholder engagement, proprietary brands program, the Wal-Mart Ethics hotline, audit scope expansion, standards for suppliers, color code changes, disapproved factors, underage worker violations, increased ES staff and conclusion.