Women's Economic Empowerment

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Working to improve the lives of women around the world

Through Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, we'll help provide 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. 

Our Commitment

We've set goals and are taking practical steps to help change the lives of countless women around the world by 2016.

  • 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

Recent News

Don't Spin a Better Story. Be a Better Company
Harvard Business Review - Oct. 2013
Before stepping down as the executive vice president of corporate affairs, Leslie Dach wrote this editorial for the Harvard Business Review about his experience. 

Global firms commit $1.5B for women-owned businesses 
CNN Money - Sept. 25, 2013
A half dozen corporate giants -- including Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, IBM and Exxon Mobil -- will award $1.5 billion in contracts to women-owned businesses between 2013 and 2018.

Walmart's Platform For Female-Owned Businesses Is Surprisingly Exciting
Fast Company - Sept. 12, 2013

In 2011, Walmart made the bold statement that it would use its cash to promote gender equality. 

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We are taking practical steps to help change the lives of countless women around the world by 2016.

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Through Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, we aim to increase sourcing from women-owned businesses.



As part of our goal to empower women through training, we launched the Women in Factories Training Program in April 2012.

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