In 2009, Walmart acquired a majority in Distribución y Servicio D&S S.A., Chile's leading food retailer. With headquarters in Santiago, Walmart Chile operates several formats including hypermarkets, supermarkets and Ekono convenience stores.
President & CEO: Horacio "Haio" Barbeito
Walmart Chile is a strategic partner and founder of Corporación Red de Alimentos, an organization that distributes food to more than 34,000 people, including low-income families, children, pensioners and the homeless, through 104 NGOs. In 2012, we contributed CLP100 million toward the operation of the food bank. Since 2011, we've donated more than 223 tons of food.
Women's economic empowerment
In an effort to diversify our supplier base, we invited companies led by women to offer their products and services through our various formats. More than 80 women-led businesses attended and spoke with executives about becoming a vendor. As a result of the event, we received 11 new product applications and nine new service applications. Efforts like these align directly with Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative.
Focus on poverty
We support and encourage associate volunteerism to pensioners, teenagers and children who live in more than 800 Hogar de Cristo and Refugio de Cristo homes across the country. In 2012, we contributed CLP30,945,617 for 131 voluntary visits by our associates. Also, the company contributed CLP111,098,530 to support community initiatives. For the past 16 years, we have also invited customers to make charitable contributions to Hogar de Cristo and Refugio de Cristo at our Lider and Express de Lider supermarket checkouts. In 2012, CLP745,988,173 was raised, benefiting more than 79,000 people.
Walmart Chile invited Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE) power generating companies to participate in a bid process to potentially secure 70 Gwh per year. Potential applicants for the tender include proponents whose clean energy generation comes from sources approved by NCRE, such as solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, tidal and biomass.
In April 2012, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced the launch of its Chilean Hub. Walmart Chile is playing a leading role in incentivizing suppliers to develop more sustainable products. There are already 10 companies, suppliers of Walmart Chile, working under TSC methodologies to develop efficiencies and more sustainable products to be sold in Chile.
Our Lider and Express de Lider formats have been using plastic bags made from 75% recycled material since 2011. While the long-range goal is to replace all bags with these, there is a shortage of materials available in Chile to produce the necessary supply. So we developed a countrywide system for receiving plastics bags from our customers for use as raw materials in our recycled bags. We implemented the system in 2012 and expect to increase the percentage of recycled plastic bags in use.
Every year, Walmart Chile invites associates to apply to the Walmart Chile Scholarship Program, which helps finance remedial coursework, continuing education and specialization classes. The number of beneficiaries and the percentage of funds allocated are based on the application requirements met and the annual training budget. In 2012, 543 associates received funding through this scholarship program.
Jobs and opportunity
At Walmart Chile, we are proud of the positive economic impact we have on our communities. In 2012, we created 2,190 new jobs through the opening of 28 new stores.