Human Rights

Waste Management has operations and relationships in the United States and Canada, as well as a cost center in India (WM Logistics). In January 2014, Waste Management divested its investment in China but will continue to provide some technical services. This entity has an employee handbook in place that covers local compliance policies and practices.

The Waste Management Code of Conduct provides the protections afforded by international human rights frameworks and covers Waste Management employees who are located in North America and India. Employees are required to report any noncompliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Policy to the Chief FCPA Compliance Officer or to the Waste Management Ethics and Compliance Integrity Help Line at 1-800-265-9381 in North America and 00-800-2659-3810 outside North America.

Waste Management’s Code of Conduct has been always in alignment with the United Nations Global Compact’s guiding principles. To underscore our commitment to Human Rights, the Code was revised in 2016 to emphasize this foundational document. Our Supplier Code of Conduct also contains our commitment to conduct business in alignment with the United Nations (UN) Global Compact’s Ten Principles and notifies suppliers that we expect them to respect these principles as well. All employees are trained in the Waste Management Code of Conduct, and we expect all to comply. More information on our Code of Conduct can be found at We believe in networking with groups focused on ethics in corporate management to keep abreast of best practices. We are a member of Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable (GHBER), and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) – Ethics & Compliance Council.

We do not believe any of our operations are at risk of infringing on the right to freedom of association, nor do we believe our workforce is at risk for incidents of child or forced/compulsory labor. Finally, Waste Management complies with all applicable rules governing minimum wage in North America. For the fraction of a percent of our employees living abroad, we comply with all applicable rules and pay locally competitive compensation rates.