Walmart is a people-led, tech-powered omni-channel retailer dedicated to helping people save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — by providing the opportunity to shop in both retail stores and through eCommerce. From their humble beginnings as a small discount retailer in Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart has opened thousands of stores in the U.S. and expanded internationally while carrying the purpose of making a difference in the lives of their customers.
Walmart operates approximately 10,500 stores and clubs in 20 countries and eCommerce websites. And they employ 2.1 million associates around the world — nearly 1.6 million in the U.S. alone.
Walmart aims to build a better world — helping people live better and renew the planet while building thriving, resilient communities. This means working to create opportunity, build a more sustainable future, advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and bring communities closer together.
Walmart is committed to making retail a place of inclusive and equitable opportunity for their associates and across related sectors. They use their position as an employer, retailer and community member to promote respect for human rights and continue to pursue special initiatives to increase the sourcing of products that support the creation of American jobs.
In addition to creating development and advancement opportunities for more than 2 million associates around the world, Walmart also creates economic opportunity for people and businesses all along their supply chains, including U.S.-based manufacturing. Their frontline workforce development strategy focuses on creating access to employment, providing job stability and building mobility for professional advancement. Walmart is committed to being a place of inclusive and equitable opportunity where people, regardless of where they start, can gain the skills and experiences they need to advance in their careers.
Their Human Rights Statement is grounded in the company's values and confirms their respect for and commitment to upholding human rights across their operations and supply chain. They work collaboratively with other stakeholders to inform their approach and identify root causes of human rights risks, while sharing their work and using their leverage to help drive positive change.
For more than 15 years, Walmart has been collaborating with others to drive positive impact across global supply chains. They focus on environmental and social issues including climate, nature, waste, working conditions, responsible recruitment, and economic opportunity for people working in product supply chains, as well as the availability of affordable, safer, and healthier products.
Their goal is to harvest enough wind, solar and other energy sources to power facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2035. To zero out emissions from all of their vehicles, including long-haul trucks, by 2040. And to transition to low-impact refrigerants for cooling and electrified equipment for heating in their stores, clubs, data centers and distribution centers by 2040.
As of 2020, they've diverted 78% of global waste from landfills and incineration and donated more tan 760 million pounds of food globally. And they've conserved over 2 million acres of land since 2005 in partnership with Acres for America.
They aim to improve the lives of millions of people around the world by providing access to safer, more affordable food and products; educating and engaging people on food safety, nutrition and product safety; and facilitating industry innovation to promote access to safer, healthier options for food and other products.
In times of disasters, they help associates and customers recover so they can get back to normal. The experience with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 helped them realize the impact they could make, as they worked to support community resilience in the face of one of the worst natural disasters of our time. In moments like these, they use their global supply chain and close partnerships with response organizations to deliver relief.
Walmart also supports our nation’s veterans, military personnel and their families. Over the last decade, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation invested $40 million in programs helping veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CDE&I)
These guiding principles shape their approach to improving the company’s CDEI health and set the foundation for sustainable change across the enterprise:
They have a vision of a workplace culture at Walmart and Sam’s Club where everyone is included – one where associates with unique identities, styles, experiences, abilities and perspectives are understood, supported and championed by their leaders. They are committed to continually create this kind of culture through intentional actions in order to ensure that their associates feel like they belong.
Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provided more than $1.5 billion in cash and in-kind annual giving to support programs that align with their philanthropic priorities. They focus on areas where they can do the most good — combining the unique strengths of the business alongside their philanthropy.
Acres for America
Acres for America was created in 2005 as a novel way for the corporate world and the conservation community to work cooperatively to conserve vital wildlife habitat for future generations. As a founding partner, Walmart launched the program by committing $35 million over 10 years to permanently conserve at least one acre of priority wildlife habitat for every acre developed for the company's facilities. This commitment to protect at least 138,000 acres is one of the largest public-private partnerships for wildlife habitat protection and the first time a retail company has tied its footprint to land conservation.
The Acres for America program provides critical funds to complete timely conservation acquisitions before they are lost in the marketplace. The Foundation identifies key habitats throughout the country, working in partnership with the nation’s local, state and national conservation organizations and public land management agencies.
It has proven to be a remarkable success. The program has far surpassed its original goal to permanently conserve 1 acre of wildlife habitat for every acre of land developed by Walmart stores. In November 2015, NFWF and Walmart announced a 10-year renewal to continue this exceptional program’s work for another decade.
Acres for America priorities include:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
As part of Walmart’s larger efforts to address the drivers of systemic racism in society and accelerate change, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years through Walmart.org's Center for Racial Equity. Since then, the Center has invested $58M to complement and extend the societal impact of Walmart's business initiatives to advance racial equity within four focus areas: Education, Finance, Health, and Criminal Justice, with a focus on building more equitable outcomes for the Black and African American community.
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