Walmart Argentina began in 1995, and headquarters are located in Buenos Aires. Store formats include Changomas, Changomas Express, Walmart and Walmart Supermercado.
Community Outreach Councils
Community Outreach Councils are active at each of our stores, distribution center and corporate office. Each month, our associates volunteer and help contribute directly to a local need. In 2012, our various Community Outreach Councils contributed with in-kind donations totaling over ARS1,200,000.
In 2012, flooding and hurricane activity claimed the homes and belongings of many families in Buenos Aires Province. In an effort to support relief and recovery efforts, Walmart Argentina contributed nearly ARS8,000 in in-kind donations to La Matanza City Government and more than ARS18,000 worth of nonperishable goods and hygiene products to the Social Development Ministry of Buenos Aires Province.
For 10 years, we’ve supported the Food Bank Network NGO in the fight against hunger. In 2012, we awarded them with a grant of ARS66,000 to support its Nationwide Food-Raising campaign. During the 10th edition of the campaign, 10.321 kilograms of food was collected for the Network from customers through our Walmart and Changomas stores.
Driving to transform
On International Women's Day, Walmart and Ashoka launched the second stage of our Driving to Transform initiative, which fosters the development of social entrepreneurial projects led by young women in Mendoza, San Juan, Neuquén and Río Negro provinces. In alignment with Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, this program identifies the most innovative and sustainable ideas that have the potential to positively impact local communities and support them with training programs, counseling and seed capital funding. When chosen to be part of the program, these young women are also joining Ashoka's international network of Young Agents of Change, which includes 65,000 young people from 20 countries.
Small farmer market access
In 2012, we began working with Cooperativa Finca El Pongo, a group of about 80 small farmers in the city of Perico, located in the province of Jujuy. More than 30% of those farmers now supply us with produce. We offered four training sessions on: proper use of resources (water, soil, pesticides), facility hygiene and food safety, traceability, logistics and risk assessment.
In July 2012, our purchases from these farmers increased by 120%, compared with January 2012. In December 2012, purchases increased by 176% over January 2012. In addition to these quantitative improvements, we observed greater product quality and logistics, which made possible the incorporation of three new stores to the supply circuit.
Plastic bag reduction
In 2012, the government of Buenos Aires City launched a plan to reduce the use of plastic bags and promote waste separation. The plan called on retailers to deliver stronger and larger plastic bags in green and black. We implemented a holistic campaign at our 16 Buenos Aires stores that demonstrates the need to reduce plastic bag waste and provides discounts to customers who purchase bags specifically designed for waste and landfills. The campaign resulted in a 72% reduction of plastic bag consumption within the first three months of implementation, which equates to a company savings of approximately US$71,951.
Job creation and promotions
Job creation and promotion of our associates remains a top priority at Walmart Argentina.
- 1,377 new associates joined Walmart Argentina stores, distribution center and corporate office.
- Our annual Grass Roots survey showed 80% commitment from our associates, a 10% increase over 2011.
- 32 associates were promoted with the opening of new stores.
- 179 associates completed programming at our Training and Development Center, CeCaDe (Centro de Capacitación y Desarrollo).
- 34 associates participated in our Managers Development Program, PDG (Programa de Desarrollo Gerencial), 30 engaged via Walton Institute.
- 8 associates were part of international development projects and assignments outside the country.