If you believe you have confidential company information that needs to be shared outside the company, seek approval from your manager or the Compliance Department before sharing information.
Trade secrets are an example of business data we must protect. In our pursuit of striving for excellence, we have invested in the development of systems, processes, products, business procedures and technology — our trade secrets — that have made us a leader in the retail industry and give us a competitive edge. All trade secrets are highly sensitive data and must be kept secure. In addition to protecting our trade secrets, it’s our policy to respect the trade secrets of others. No associate may reveal the trade secrets of the companies with which we conduct business or companies with which they were previously employed.
All associates should ensure their use of social media does not compromise the confidentiality of Walmart trade secrets, highly sensitive or sensitive business information.
Personal information about customers, members, suppliers and vendors must also be securely managed. Do not access or collect such information unless necessary to perform your job and only as directed by your manager. If you suspect there may be a breach of such personal information, notify a member of management, Human Resources or Global Ethics. Treat associate medical information the same.
Specific departments within our company may have special privacy rules or procedures. We must read, understand and stay current on information that applies to our specific areas of the business and job functions. Additionally, we must follow the applicable records management requirements. If you have questions about the record-keeping requirements that apply to your job, please contact the Compliance Department or the Privacy Office Records Management team for assistance.