Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica
Walmart entered the region in 2005 and became Walmart Centroamerica in 2006. In 2009, Walmart Mexico acquired Walmart's operations in Central America from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and two minority partners. In 2010, Walmart Mexico became Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica. Our headquarters are in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Walmart is the largest retailer in Central America with stores in:
Women's economic empowerment
In 2012, we introduced several projects to improve the social and economic status of more than 500 small and medium-sized enterprises led by women in areas affected by unemployment and poverty. We're providing the productivity-focused training necessary to open the door to sell their products and services to our more than 600 stores across Central America, as part of Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative.
Food bank support
Through financial support and food donations, we've helped establish food banks in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In 2012, more than 370 of our stores and distribution centers donated more than 700 metric tons of food, benefiting more than 50,000 people per month.
Market access for farmers
Our direct farm program for small and medium-sized farmers, Tierra Fértil, serves as the model for Walmart's expanding global direct farm program. It reduces environmental impact through proper training, while raising the income and quality of life for farmers and their communities by increasing pay, eliminating intermediaries, raising efficiency and more. In 2012, we purchased US$75,087,071 in products from 3,408 small and medium-sized farmers and their families, accounting for 35% of fruit, grain and vegetables sold at our stores across Central America.
Reverse Logistics Recycling program
Our stores, distribution centers and processing plants use a Reverse Logistics Recycling program. In 2012, we recycled:
- 17,307 tons of cardboard
- 2,080 tons of plastic
- 414 tons of organics
- 324 tons of other materials
This equates to saving 294,219 trees and 22,880 barrels of oil. Our working units are equipped to recycle aluminum, glass, plastic, PET bottles, wood, electronic equipment and organics (in our production plants).
Energy and GHG reduction
We've featured LED lighting in parking lots and on building exteriors at 478 stores since 2010. In 2012, we piloted interior LED in our stores and reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with refrigeration leakage by 35%.
We're committed to maintaining a diverse work environment in which all associates are respected and appreciated. Our Equity and Inclusion Consultative Council facilitates female labor development and addresses equity and inclusion related issues.
- 41% of associates are women
- 34% women management positions
- 188 associates with special abilities
The development and growth of our associates is a high priority. During 2012, 3,669 associates were promoted to higher responsibility levels. In addition, 75 female associates participated in developmental programs, and we launched an internship program for high-potential university students. 11 participants have already gone on to begin professional careers with Walmart.