Walmart de Mexico
Walmart's first store outside the United States opened in Mexico in 1991 -- a Sam's Club in Mexico City. In 1997, Walmart acquired a majority position in Cifra, and in 2000 the name changed to Walmart de México (WALMEX). In 2006, Walmart de México received a license to organize and operate a bank in the country.
In 2007, Banco de Walmart began operations with 16 branches in five states of Mexico. In 2009, Walmart de México acquired Walmart Centroamérica, expanding its presence to six countries and becoming Walmart de México y Centroamérica.
Support for communities
Supporting the communities we serve is just as important to us as the relationship we have with our customers, associates and suppliers. The alliances we have with hundreds of civil society organizations across Mexico continue to impact lives every day. The Walmart Mexico Foundation was recognized among The Best Foundations in Mexico by Poder y Negocios magazine. In 2012, the Walmart Mexico Foundation contributed MXN581.6 million in total giving. Nearly 131,000 associates participated in volunteer activities.
In 2012, we donated more than 22,000 tons of food to hunger-related organizations across the country, and our Your Help Nourishes campaign earned the Effie Social Award. We supported 19,107 family food security programs and, by specifically targeting the most vulnerable communities, helped more than 4,000 children who were battling malnutrition.
Micro, small and medium-sized farmers
In 2012, we purchased 80% of produce from micro, small and medium-sized farms, equivalent to 1.8 billion pesos. We continue to work directly with these suppliers, focusing on sustainable farming practices, post-harvest management techniques, logistics and understanding of quality standards that will help open the door to opportunities in new markets for them. We promote agricultural, aquacultural and fishery products with the purpose of reducing the risk of physical, chemical and microbiological contamination through sanitary conditions in primary production.
We diverted 70% of our operational waste – more than 207 million kilos of cardboard, plastic, vegetable oil, white grease and plastic hangers – from landfills in 2012. We recovered more than 500 tons of vegetable oil to transform into biodiesel, use in our Great Value Terra bar laundry soap in Mexico and for our concentrated animal feed in Central America. We've also reduced water use in our stores by more than 443 million liters, versus our 2012 goal of 217 million liters.
Greenhouse gas reduction
In 2012, we reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with our operations by 22.4% compared with our 2005 baseline. We developed more efficient store prototypes with new and better technologies, including air-conditioning and refrigeration units that are 27.8% more energy efficient. In Mexico, 351 of our stores use renewable energy produced by wind (347 units) and solar (four units). This allows us to reduce CO2 emissions by 137,476 tons a year.
Our portfolio of environmentally responsible products covers biodegradables, as well as water- and energy-efficient items. In 2012, the product catalogue with the lowest environmental impact grew 35% as compared with 2011, bringing our total to 1,254 products. Seven of those are Member's Mark EcoResponsible and 77 are Great Value Terra. Others include energysaving bulbs with improved packaging, and laundry bar soap containing 20% postconsumption vegetable oil recovered from our stores.
We continually strive to provide opportunities for growth, development and advancement for our more than 217,000 Walmart Mexico associates. We have a sound management process that ensures a continuous flow of talent in numbers and capabilities to support our growth plans and put the strategies of the business into practice. We invest in our people by devoting time and resources to specialized training opportunities, programs and more.
- 51% of our associates were women
- 22,936 associates were promoted
- 61,428 associates were hired
- Our associates received 4.5 million hours of training
Gender equality across the organization is a priority, as it provides us a better understanding of the needs of our female customers and associates. In 2012, women held more than 30% of our management positions. We've formed an integrated Gender Equality and Inclusion Council, and our leadership has outlined four specific objectives related to this topic:
- Attracting and retaining female talent through recruitment processes, ensuring the participation of more women, supported by sounder policies aimed at work/life balance and by development programs that encompass flexibility in meeting the need for improving work/life balance.
- Supporting the development of female talent through the design and use of activities aimed at personal growth and accelerated development programs such as the Special Certificate for Female Managers/Executives, mentoring for women and courses like Taking the Stage.
- Having communication and awareness campaigns that favor the creation of a culture and atmosphere of equality.
- Providing support to external women through assistance programs for low-income women, aimed at creating new businesses or improving existing ones, and developing women as Walmart suppliers.