Walmart retains its brick-&-mortar stores despite a rising success in e-commerce
The global e-commerce sector had a net worth of $3.5 trillion in 2019, and is estimated to reach $4.9 trillion by 20211. With everything being available on the internet, e-commerce provides a convenient platform for people to transact1. However, on the flip side, e-commerce has shut thousands of stores and rendered millions of people jobless2. According to a recent study, for every job created in e-commerce, four and a half traditional retail jobs are lost2.
Walmart found to source products from companies involved in forced Uyghur labor in China
According to the ILO, globally there are about 24.9 million people working as forced laborers1. Countries like China, Pakistan, India, North Korea, and Nigeria account for nearly 60% of modern slavery2. The workers there are exploited by the employers and are paid either meager wages or none at all2.
America’s biggest feminine hygiene products’ holder, Walmart, brings organic products for women
Globally, about 1.8 billion females of reproductive age undergo menstruation every month1;p13. On average, a woman uses 11,000 sanitary products (pads, tampons, etc.) during her life3. A female's body is vulnerable during menstruation2, and lasting for an average of 3-5 days2, synthetic sanitary products are hazardous to a female's body affecting their reproductive health and can even cause cancer5. About 90% of synthetic pads are made from plastic, dioxins, and other harmful chemicals4. In particular, Dioxin is labeled as carcinogenic by the WHO and weakens the immune system4. Dioxin, a potent carcinogen, can even enter into the fat tissues leading to cervical and ovarian cancer5. Materials used in synthetic pads further lead to vaginal infections, infertility, etc4.
Walmart engages with suppliers that have long been linked to deforestation
About 50% of deforestation is caused by farming, drilling, grazing of livestock, and mining1. Globally, 4.7 million hectares of forests are lost per year2 to produce soft commodities such as palm oil, soy, pulp, rubber, etc3.