Global Responsibility


In addition to creating development and advancement opportunities for our 2.3 million associates around the world, Walmart also creates economic opportunity for people and businesses all along our supply chains. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation support programs that advance women’s economic mobility, create advancement opportunities for people in retail and related sectors, promote local manufacturing, champion supplier diversity and help suppliers and small businesses grow.

U.S. Manufacturing

Investing in American Jobs

At Walmart, we believe in making a difference on the issues our customers and communities care about. We believe we can create more American jobs by supporting more American manufacturing. Jump-starting the manufacturing industry and rebuilding the middle class requires a national effort by companies, industry leaders, lawmakers and others. 

Together, we can help spark a revitalization of U.S.-based manufacturing. By making production more affordable and feasible in the United States, we can bring our customers more U.S.-made products and manufacturers can create more jobs in America.    

Our Commitment

According to data from our suppliers, items that are made, sourced or grown right here in America already account for about two-thirds of what we spend to buy products at Walmart U.S. But there is room to do more. 

We are committed to American renewal. By 2023, Walmart has pledged to purchase approximately $250 billion in products that support the creation of American jobs. 

We will accomplish this by working with suppliers to: 

  • Increase what we already buy of U.S. manufactured goods
  • Source “new to Walmart” U.S. manufactured goods
  • Re-shore the manufacturing of goods we currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of our suppliers

Our Progress

Since January 2013, we’ve met with hundreds of our suppliers and visited dozens of factories across the U.S. and around the world.

2016 U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call Event

To underscore Walmart’s commitment we hosted our 4th U.S. Manufacturing Summit with the theme of “Investing in American Jobs”. The event also included another exciting Open Call for new U.S.-made products. This unique event was open to both current and potential suppliers and was hosted at our corporate offices on June 28, 2016 in Bentonville, Arkansas.  See what happened.  

The 2016 Open Call was extra special, because we had a big surprise for our Open Callers. It was one beautiful word: “YES!” We said YES to virtually all items presented. If it can ship safely to a customer’s home, then we are, at a minimum, listing it on

Jobs In U.S. Manufacturing (JUMP) Portal 
Our JUMP Portal is a dedicated site for Walmart Suppliers and those who are interested in U.S. Manufacturing and/or re-shoring their current operations back to the U.S.  JUMP Subscribers can log-in and search our knowledge base for documents, videos, and How-to’s, as well as submit product proposals and certifications. 

  • JUMP Resources Page:  We’ve added a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate collection of resources, that are external to Walmart, to our Jobs In U.S. Manufacturing (JUMP) Portal.  These organizations and businesses are respected across the country for their contributions to U.S. Manufacturing and the small business owner.  They offer unrivaled knowledge and expertise among their professions, many offering their advice/services to Walmart Suppliers and JUMP Subscribers for free. 
  • Visit to learn more. Corporate Edition for Walmart
On August 3rd, 2015, is set to launch the ThomasNet Corporate Edition for Walmart.  Corporate Edition is a free service available exclusively to Walmart suppliers and JUMP subscribers, providing access to over half a million U.S. manufacturers of products, components, and custom services, as well as exclusive features from ThomasNet.  Visit to learn more.

U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund
Innovation is part of the heart and soul of Walmart. By investing in ingenuity, we can transform our approach to manufacturing to be more cost-effective and efficient. The Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund, which focuses on the development of domestic manufacturing with a specific goal of advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S.,  will provide a total of $10 million in grants over the next five years. Get more details here.

Women's Economic Empowerment

Through Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Initiative, Walmart is working to improve the lives of women around the world by providing more training, market access and career opportunities to nearly 1 million women, many on farms and factories, ultimately allowing them access to the economic opportunity they deserve. 

We set goals and are taking practical steps to help change the lives of countless women around the world since making our five year long commitment in 2011.

Our Commitment

  • Increase sourcing from Women-Owned Businesses
  • Empower nearly 1 million women through training
  • Promote diversity and inclusion representation within our merchandising and professional services suppliers

Knowledge Center

In the spirit of collaboration, we’ve shared our achievements, challenges and learnings from our WEE initiative on our digital Knowledge Center. Explore how we launched our program, what works, what doesn’t, and what’s needed to accelerate progress for Women’s Economic Empowerment.


At Walmart, we are grateful for the sacrifice our nation’s veterans, military men and women, and their families have made in service to our country. It is not only our duty, but our honor to support our men and women in uniform not only when they are on the battlefield, but also when they return home and transition to civilian life. We are committed to helping these men and women as they face this important period through job opportunities, as well as support for programs that provide the job training, transition support and education they may need.

Veterans Welcome Home Commitment

On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guaranteed a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran who was within 12 months of active duty. The initial goal was to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2018. In May of 2015, Walmart announced the expansion of that original projection, with the goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Walmart has also changed the eligibility from within 12 months of active duty to any veteran who has been honorably discharged since the announcement of the commitment in May 2013. 

Walmart has hired more than 150,000 veterans since it announced its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013. Of those veteran hires, more than 19,000 have been promoted to jobs of greater responsibility. These projections and reported hires/promotions include veterans hired under our original and expanded Commitment as well as other veterans hired by Walmart in this time frame.

Beyond Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the Walmart Foundation is also reinforcing its support for transitioning military members and their families with the announcement of $2.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that support veteran reintegration. Read more.

Career Opportunity

Through the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, Walmart has pledged that no veteran will have to fight for a job when he or she separates from service.

  • Veterans can explore career options with the company at, an innovative resource that helps veterans, transitioning military and military spouses match their skills to Walmart careers.
  • Walmart also participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Walmart, Sam’s Club and other employers have recruited tens of thousands of veterans through hundreds of career fairs. For a full list of upcoming events, please visit

Military Family Promise

Walmart’s Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel, and military spouses, employed at Walmart and Sam’s Club who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military. The promise also ensures associates called away to active military duty will be paid any difference in their salary if the associate is earning less money during their military assignment.

Education, Job Training and Reintegration AssistanceRecognizing that opportunity sometimes isn’t the only challenge facing transitioning military families, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have also supported veterans in other ways. For example:

  • In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $20 million by 2015 to support veterans and their families with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition help and education. With the early completion of the commitment in May of 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation renewed their commitment, announcing an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran job training, education, and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address the challenges many of our veterans face when returning to the civilian workforce and their communities.

The following are a few of the programs supported with the $40 million commitment from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation:

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. Center for Public-Private Partnerships (CP3): The Walmart Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to support The Veterans Metrics Initiative (TVMI): Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being study. This five-year study will assess the well-being of 7,500 veterans 90 days prior to separation from military service to within three years thereafter, and document and analyze the components of the transition and reintegration programs the veterans report that they use.

Goodwill Industries International

The Walmart Foundation awarded $6 million to support Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs program. Because of the success of the $1 million pilot program, in 2013 the Walmart Foundation expanded its support of the Operation: GoodJobs program with an additional $5 million grant. With our support, Goodwill will serve more than 4,800 veterans and military families.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

In 2014, a $450,000 grant from Sam’s Club was awarded to IVMF that will expand entrepreneurial training and support for female veterans through the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

The Walmart Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to support a three-year initiative to pilot new ways in which non-profit, public, and private sectors can better work together to serve veterans. IVMF will conduct this program with support from Accenture. In February 2015, IVMF launched the program in Charlotte, N.C. 

Swords to Plowshares

The Walmart Foundation awarded a $1.35 million grant in 2014 to increase job-training programs for 1,500 veterans in California and Texas through Swords to Plowshares. Veterans will receive assistance with job training programs in high-growth industries, pre-employment assistance, and placement with local employers. With its first $750,000 grant, Swords expanded its innovative model across California. This additional grant will support capacity building and fund a pilot program to expand its service model to Texas.

American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. (NVOP)

The Walmart Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to extend the TX-Vet program focused on helping veterans ages 34 years old and under, who are unemployed or underemployed. In 2012, NVOP was awarded a $750,000 grant to establish the TX-Vet program. This grant will provide transition assistance, job readiness, and placement services to more than 800 veterans in Texas. 

Diversity & Inclusion

At Walmart, we believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting and valuing diversity – unique styles, experiences, identities, ideas and opinions – while being inclusive of all people.

2016 Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Report

Our people

A truly inclusive workplace culture is one where every associate feels empowered to bring their authentic self to work every day. These engaged associates are happier, and they perform at their best. As a result, they provide better service to our customers and members by creating a clean, fast and friendly shopping experience. When we get it right, the customers come back. That’s inclusion.

Our U.S. workforce of more than 1.5 million associates consists of 22 percent African American associates, 14 percent Hispanic or Latino American associates, 4 percent Asian American associates, 1 percent Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 1 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native. 55 percent of all associates are women, which includes 43% of our managers and 31 percent of our officers.

Helping associates reach their potential

Our 2.3 million associates around the world reflect our diverse customer base, which makes us a better company. Our $2.7 billion investment across two years in our people – in education and training, wages and scheduling – will ensure even more of our associates have clear pathways to grow and advance. We want our associates to grow and seize the opportunity to take on more responsibility. A diverse leadership team, as well as a diverse board, is a priority for us, and the best place to find strong leaders for our management team is from within our company.

Culture: Values and Behaviors
Our culture is our values in action – it’s how we live out Service to the Customer, Respect for the Individual, Strive for Excellence and Act with Integrity through our everyday behaviors. If we do that effectively, then we’ll have an inclusive culture.

Read more about our culture.

Our Communities

Walmart's commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond the borders of our company and out into the communities where our associates live and work.

We develop productive relationships with organizations that reflect the diversity of American society, so we can collaborate on issues that are important to our customers and neighbors.

Our partners range from famous civil rights groups to lesser known but highly effective advocacy organizations. For a full listing of our partner organizations, click on the link below:

 Thanks to the ideas and insights our partners share, we can continue to identify the challenges in each community where we operate and ensure that we’re an active part of the solution.