Accepting gifts and entertainment can cause a conflict, or the appearance of a conflict, between personal interests and professional responsibility. Walmart’s culture is to never accept gifts or entertainment from any supplier, potential supplier, government agent or other third party the associate has reason to believe may be seeking to influence business decisions or transactions. Associates also may not accept a gift or gratuity from a customer for work performed by the associate in a Walmart facility, except as required by local or national policy.
We may not accept items donated to Walmart by suppliers for the purpose of raising funds for charities or non-profit organizations. Also, we should never ask for, accept or approve of suppliers making donations on behalf of Walmart. Additionally, associates should not provide a list of our suppliers to charitable organizations for the purpose of fundraising.
Our policy on gifts and entertainment stems from our values of complete transparency and objectivity and our principle of maintaining Every Day Low Costs. Since such gifts and entertainment increase the cost of doing business, we help our suppliers give us low costs on products by not expecting the gifts and entertainment they may have to spend on other customers. We recognize, as a global company, we may encounter situations in which local practices will come into play. Global Ethics will review these situations on a case-by-case basis.
When you are establishing a new business relationship, make sure all parties are aware of our policy regarding gifts and entertainment. In some countries where gift giving is a custom or tradition, you should politely explain this policy to your customers and suppliers, especially prior to holiday gift giving periods, to establish expectations.
You always should be aware of how the act of accepting a gift or gratuity might be perceived by the public, by other suppliers or by other associates. When dealing with external businesses, you should ask yourself, “Would this business offer me this gift or gratuity if I wasn’t employed by Walmart?” If the answer is “no” or is unclear, you should not accept it.
Occasionally, there may be times when returning a gift would be impractical or embarrassing. In those rare instances, the gift should be managed in a fair and objective manner that does not benefit you personally, such as donating it to charity. You should immediately tell your manager or Global Ethics about any gift you’ve been offered or received if you feel that gift might be a violation of our policy. If you have any questions about gifts and entertainment, you should seek assistance from your manager or Global Ethics.
Personal Relationships with Other Associates
At Walmart, we want to maintain a work environment in which associates can perform effectively and achieve their full potential. We all are responsible for creating a climate of trust and respect and for promoting a productive work environment.
A conflict of interest exists when you manage someone with whom you have a family, romantic or dating relationship. A family relationship includes the following relatives by birth, adoption, marriage, domestic partnership or civil union: your spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren, as well as anyone who currently is a member of your household, whether or not you are related. It also may include other close personal relationships such as godparents. Even if you’re acting properly, your relationship will likely be seen as influencing your judgment. This can damage morale and disrupt workplace productivity. Therefore, you may not directly or indirectly supervise any family members or any associate with whom you have a close personal relationship, date or are romantically involved. This includes situations in which you may be able to influence that associate’s terms and conditions of employment or that associate may be able to influence the terms and conditions of your employment. Walmart strives to eliminate personal relationships that interfere with work performance or which may constitute harassment. You should ask for guidance from your manager or contact Global Ethics whenever an issue comes up regarding a personal relationship.