This week, contracted warehouse workers at warehouses that supply Walmart stores in California will complete a 50-mile, 6-day pilgrimage across Southern California. The pilgrimage is designed to bring increased attention to the poor working conditions for these workers. Chief among their concerns are the dangerous working conditions they face on a daily basis.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that, after Walmart allegedly violated federal law by bribing Mexican officials, it began working behind the scenes to weaken the very law that it allegedly broke. Sure, this is a violation of the company’s internal ethics policy (“Never cover up or ignore an ethics problem”). However, if the allegations are true, Walmart also appears to have violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.