Tell the DOJ: Don’t let Walmart get away with international bribery

The email below is from Vanessa Ferreira, a former Walmart associate and OUR Walmart member from St. Cloud, Florida. Vanessa started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Vanessa pressure the Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission to hold Walmart executives accountable for international bribery and cover-ups by signing her petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Tell the DOJ and SEC: Don't let Walmart executives get away with international bribery

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Dear 5849376,

After eight years of working at Walmart, that company fired me for doing something my manager asked me to do: Take a longer lunch break off-the-clock so I would not qualify for overtime pay.1 I know firsthand that when things go wrong at Walmart, it's workers like me who take the fall. Now, I'm fighting for Walmart's top executives to be held accountable for their international bribery and lies.

Walmart has spent over $700 million in in legal fees and an internal investigation into the bribery scandal. Walmart has also experienced a major turnover in high level management.2 Four years later, neither the Department of Justice (DOJ) nor the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has held a single Walmart executive publicly accountable. Both entities have been investigating Walmart's alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act since 2012, but haven't yet held Walmart accountable.

Enough is enough. That's why I started a campaign on, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition to the DOJ and the SEC reads:

The New York Times exposed Walmart's alleged bribery and coverup over four years ago. After all this time, not one top Walmart executive has been held publicly accountable for their role in either the alleged bribery or cover-up.

It's time to see some results. We call on you to release the findings of your investigations this year and prosecute Walmart and its executives to the fullest extent of the law.

Tell the DOJ and SEC to prosecute Walmart executives to the fullest extent of the law. Click here to sign the petition.

A Pulitzer Prize winning expose in The New York Times alleged that Walmart spent over $20 million in bribes to build stores in Mexico, with executives covering up the wrongdoing.3 The DOJ and the SEC are also investigating possible bribery by Walmart in India and China.4,5

It's time to see the results of the investigation. Given the amount of money that Walmart and the Waltons spend on political donations and lobbying, the American people deserve to see that they are not above the law, and justice will be served. If you sign my petition, you can send these agencies a strong message that you're with us in our fight.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition to the DOJ and to the SEC to prosecute Walmart executives to the fullest extent of the law?

Thank you for standing up to Walmart,

Vanessa Ferrera

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1. Hamilton Nolan, "A Walmart Manager Describes Walmart's Mismanagement," Gawker, Aug. 22, 2014.
2. Tom Schoenberg and Matt Robinson, "Wal-Mart said to balk at paying $600-million-plus in bribe case," Chicago Tribune, Oct. 6, 2016.
3. David Barstow, "Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle," The New York Times, April 21, 2012.
4. "The anti-bribery business," The Economist, May 9, 2015.
5. Tom Schoenberg and Matt Robinson, "Wal-Mart said to balk at paying $600-million-plus in bribe case," Chicago Tribune, Oct. 6, 2016.

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