Associates who come forward with concerns play an important role in maintaining a healthy, respectful and productive workplace, as well as protecting our stakeholders. These associates help our company address problems early — before more serious consequences develop. It‘s important for each of us to create a work environment where everyone can raise concerns of ethics issues without fear of retaliation.
Retaliation against associates who raise concerns or questions about misconduct will not be tolerated. Concerns should be raised in good faith, which means you have made a genuine attempt to provide honest and accurate information, even if you are later proven to have been mistaken. Walmart reserves the right to discipline anyone who knowingly makes a false accusation or has acted improperly. However, if an associate voluntarily reports they were involved in a violation, self-reporting may be considered when determining the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken.
Walmart will not terminate, demote or otherwise discriminate against associates for raising concerns. Also, it is important for co-workers not to isolate associates who have raised concerns — such associates should be treated with respect. Any change in treatment toward an associate who has raised a concern could be seen as a form of retaliation.
Walmart has an established process to deal with retaliation issues. Associates who believe they have experienced retaliation after raising an ethics concern should report the issue to their manager or Global Ethics.