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Conflict of Interest

Associates should avoid employment or outside interests that may create, or give the appearance of creating, a conflict of interest. We avoid outside interests that create a conflict of interest in order to remain fair and objective in our decision making. Potential conflicts should be reviewed by your management team.

Outside Employment

Can I work for a competitor?

Management associates may not work for a competitor. Hourly associates are not specifically excluded from outside employment with all competitors; however, they should be sensitive to potential conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest may exist if the associate’s position and job responsibilities for the competitor are similar to the associate’s position and job responsibilities at Walmart. You should check with your management team to determine if the specific employment situation you are pursuing would be considered a conflict of interest with your Walmart position. You are still expected to adhere to Walmart's policies and procedures including those that protect our proprietary information from competitors.

If at any point you change positions at Walmart or the outside employer, you should speak with your management team to ensure that your new position does not create a conflict of interest.

Can I operate a side business?

You may operate a side business as long as:

  • It does not create a conflict of interest with your work at Walmart. For example, your business may not interfere with your Walmart job responsibilities, use company resources, compete with Walmart or reflect negatively on Walmart.
  • It does not supply products to Walmart.
  • It does not supply products to any current or potential Walmart supplier with whom you have a business relationship or direct or indirect influence.
Can I work for a supplier and Walmart?

When you have influence over a supplier’s product, it is important that you make objective decisions about their products. Associates may not work for a supplier if a business relationship exists with the supplier or they have direct or indirect influence over the supplier.

In addition, if a store or club hourly associate also works for a supplier, the associate may not service his or her facility on behalf of the supplier.

If at any point you change positions at Walmart which results in having influence over the supplier’s product, you would need to disclose that to your management team and work with them to resolve the conflict.

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