In November 2020, Ethical Consumer searched for Wal-Mart's policies page on its website, corporate.walmart.com/policies, for information on whether the company had a policy prohibiting the use of genetically modified (GM) ingredients in its own-label products.
The company's GM policy stated: "Walmart has pledged to deliver on trust and transparency for our customers and the communities we serve. We are committed to selling food and products that meet high standards for safety, quality and affordability. Customers are also more interested than they were in recent decades in understanding where their food comes from, what’s in it and how it’s made. Walmart welcomes this development, and we are working on ways to help them make more informed buying decisions. In that regard, we supported legislation passed by Congress in 2016 that provided a uniform standard for the disclosure of bioengineered (BE) ingredients and foods, often referred to as GMOs. We are actively working with our private brand suppliers to meet the disclosure requirements established though USDA bioengineered labeling regulations.
We believe in providing our customers choices when shopping with Walmart. For our customers who prefer to avoid bioengineered foods, we offer a wide selection of USDA certified organic products. By law, bioengineered ingredients are not allowed in the organic program. In FY2020, we started revamping our produce areas that included making organic offerings easier to find, and better highlighting fresh produce prices to emphasize affordability. "
As the policy implied that Walmart sold genetically modified products, the company lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.
https://www.walmart.com (21 January 2019)