Walmart, Inc | Communist China risk audit at Walmart, Inc

1.32% votes in favour
AGM date
Previous AGM date
Proposal number
Resolution details
Company ticker
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Social
ESG sub-theme
  • Human rights
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders request that, beginning in 2023, Walmart Inc. report annually to shareholders on the nature and extent to which corporate operations depend on, and are vulnerable to, Communist China, which is a serial human rights violator, a geopolitical threat, and an adversary to the United States. The report should exclude confidential business information but provide shareholders with a sense of the Company's reliance on activities conducted within, and under control of, the Communist Chinese government.
Supporting statement
Supporting Statement:
CNN reported1 in 2021 that "Beijing has made it clear that multinational corporations have to follow its rules if they wish to operate in the country, and gaining favor can require...abiding by restrictive regulations...Many companies have traditionally been willing to play along, given how enticing the giant economy is as a market."
Walmart opened its first stores in China in 1996, and by the end of 2022 was expected to operate more than 400 locations across the communist nation.2 The company relies on raw materials, supplies, finished products, labor and/or services from entities in the country.
China is a serial violator of human and political rights.
China is also a hostile adversary of the U.S. for many reasons, including:
•China intends to displace the U.S. as the lone global superpower by 2049;
•The U.S. has committed to defend Taiwan, which China has militaristically asserted is part of its country and may attempt to seize by force;
•U.S. - China relations are tense over a number of issues including China's military expansion; egregious human rights violations; actions related to the COVID pandemic; elimination of freedom in Hong Kong; and environmental pollution.
China – and by extension the companies it controls – is also identified in the U.S. State Department's 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report as a state sponsor of human trafficking. It is now subject to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which imposes strict verification of parts and products imported from China, that they are not generated from slave labor.
A July 2022 joint statement from the leaders of the British and American domestic intelligence agencies warned that the Communist Chinese Party is the greatest threat to the international order. "We consistently see that it's the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by 'our,' I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere," said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Given the controversial, if not dangerous, nature of doing business in and with China, shareholders have the right to know the extent to which Walmart Inc.'s business operations depend on Communist China.

How other organisations have declared their voting intentions

Organisation name Declared voting intentions Rationale
Anima Sgr Against As Walmart appears to provide shareholders with sufficient disclosure to assess the nature and extent to which corporate operations depend on China. Its disclosures provide shareholders an understanding of its identification of its human rights risks and mitigation processes.
Rothschild & co Asset Management Against

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