Supplier Diversity

As the world's largest retailer, Walmart strives to save people money so they can live better. This mantra is at the core of every decision we make. One way we fulfill this commitment is to embrace diversity in all aspects of our organization; from our talented associates to the supplier partners we work with to deliver the products and services our customers want and need. If you would like your diverse business to become part of Walmart’s supply chain, you can find your path here.

A Message from Our CEO

Save Money. Live Better. It’s a simple but powerful idea. Your company may have started the same way – with a simple but mighty concept that you believed in. Now, as you look to expand your business, I hope you’ll consider growing it with us.

At Walmart, we believe we’re at our best when we promote diversity across our supply chain.  For our suppliers, working with Walmart means access to the 260 million customers who shop our stores around the world each week.  For us, supplier diversity means delivering better products and a broader selection to the communities we serve.  We encourage diverse companies to explore new possibilities with Walmart.

We have an existing network of more than 3,000 diverse suppliers, and we continue to look for new suppliers with industry expertise and a desire to deliver quality products and services at scale to our customers. While we work with many different kinds of companies – from grocery to construction – they all have one thing in common: a passion for helping our friends, families and neighbors around the world live better.

We look forward to working with you.


Doug McMillon
President & CEO
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Become a Diverse Supplier

As the world's largest retailer, Walmart strives to save people money so they can live better. This mantra is at the core of every decision we make. One way we fulfill this commitment is to embrace diversity in all aspects of our organization; from our talented associates to the supplier partners we work with to deliver the products and services our customers want and need. 

An important aspect of meeting these needs across Walmart is our Supplier Diversity Program. This program provides companies owned and operated by minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilities equal footing to effectively work with us while at the same time, growing their own business. 

  • In FYE16, we spent approximately $14.7 billion with women and minority-owned businesses. This includes $12.1 billion in direct-spending and $2.6 billion in second-tier spending.
  • Walmart has pledged to use its global size and scale to empower women across our supply chain. Read more about our Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative
  • We partner with leading organizations in business diversity to continually identify and reach potential suppliers. These partnerships include the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), and USLBN Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP).

By working with diverse suppliers, we provide opportunities for significant growth and development to diverse businesses. We offer a broader assortment of products to our customers at prices they can afford, and we contribute to the economic well-being of the communities we serve.  

We’re always looking for diverse suppliers that can help us bring our customers products relevant to them, at prices they can afford.

For more information, download our Supplier Diversity Handbook.

If you would like your diverse business to become part of Walmart’s supply chain, you can find your path here:  Supplier Diversity Portal >>


What is a diverse supplier?

A diverse supplier is defined as a U.S. privately held company that is 51% owned and operated by a woman, minority, veteran or person with a disability. Walmart recognizes and tracks the following diverse classifications: Women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Veterans, Disabled Veterans and People with Disabilities.

How do I register as a diverse supplier in Walmart’s Supplier Diversity Portal?

All diverse suppliers need to register their companies and keep their diverse supplier certification up -to-date on the Walmart Supplier Diversity Portal. Registering with our Supplier Diversity program allows internal stakeholders to access your company's information but will not guarantee business and/or contract with Walmart.

What are the certification agencies recognized by Walmart?

  • National Minority Suppliers Development Council (NMSDC)
    1359 Broadway
    New York, NY 10018
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
    1710 H St., NW - 7th Floor
    Washington, DC, 20006
  • U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
    Disability Supplier Diversity Program
    1501 M Street, NW - 7th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005
  • U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)
    1329 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036
  • Federal Government
  • Local Government
  • DD Form 214
  • WEConnect International
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise

Has your status as a diverse supplier changed?

If your status has changed, you should notify us as soon as possible at The change will not affect our supplier relationship, but it does impact our ability to keep information on minority and women-owned business development up to date.

What if I have additional questions about Supplier Diversity or the Supplier Diversity Portal?

Please visit or email

Upcoming Events

Walmart and Sam's Club will be participating at the following events, hosted by the sponsoring organization mentioned below for the purpose to promote business activities, such as match-making, business expos, conferences and other types of networking activities. Please note the events listed may require a registration or fee to attend and it is recommended to contact the sponsoring organization directly for more specific information.

If you have any other questions, email us at

Past Events

Sept 21 - 24, 2015
National Congress of American Indians - 72nd Annual Convention & Marketplace
Nashville, TN

Sept 23 - 24, 2015
Indiana Division of Supplier Diversity Conference
Indianapolis, IN

Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2015
USBLN National Conference
Austin, TX

Oct 18 - 21, 2015
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
San Diego, CA 

Dec 7, 2015
Walmart Inc. & NCMSDC - Supplier Diversity Sourcing Conference
Milwaukee, WI

Mar 9 - 12, 2016
Black Enterprise - Women of Power Summit
Hollywood, FL

March 21 - 24, 2016
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
Las Vegas, NV

March 22 - 24, 2016
WBENC Summit & Salute
Phoenix, AZ

April 19 - 20, 2016
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
Atlanta, GA

May 4 - 7, 2016
Black Enterprise Summit
Miami Beach, FL

May 18, 2016
NMSDC Leadership Awards
New York, NY

May 31 - June 3, 2016
Odyssey Media Business Network
Amelia Island, FL

Jun 1 - 3, 2016
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC)
Atlanta, GA

Jun 21 - 23, 2016
Women's Business Enterprise National Counsel (WBENC)
Orlando, FL
Watch the 2016 conference highlights>>
Watch the 2015 conference highlights>>

Aug 3 - 6, 2016
National Urban League Conference
Baltimore, MD

Sept 19 - 22, 2016
USBLN National Conference
Orlando, FL

Sept 21 - 22, 2016
NCMSDC Minnesota Business Opportunity Fair
Minneapolis, MN

Oct 9 - 14, 2016
National Congress of American Indians - 73rd Annual Convention & Marketplace
Phoenix, AZ

Oct 23 - 26, 2016
NMSDC National Conference
Chicago, IL
Watch last year's conference highlights>>

Success Stories

Thoro Packaging Goes the Distance for NEUTROGENA®

When Macy Dabek founded his folding carton company in 1967, the enterprise included a printing press and a die cutter – and his wife, wielding a glue bottle. He named the business Thoro Packaging, after the Thoroughbred horses he believed represented the best in their class. Fast-forward 46 years, and Macy’s daughter Janet Steiner now runs the business. 

Based in Corona, California, the company is certified through the nationally-recognized Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as being at least 51% owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman. 

Thoro’s 140 employees make custom cartons for the cosmetic, personal care, medical and pharmaceutical industries. For 10 years, the company has created packaging for the NEUTROGENA® brand, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson.

Thoro is one of many minority- and women-owned suppliers that Johnson & Johnson partners with as part of its procurement efforts. The company’s focus on supplier diversity enabled its membership in the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), which recognizes corporations that have spent at least $1 billion with minority- and women-owned suppliers. Johnson & Johnson is the first and only healthcare company to meet the BDR membership criteria. 

Walmart is the No. 1 national retail customer of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and a fellow BDR member. 

As a supplier to Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and an indirect supplier to Walmart, Thoro supports both companies in their shared commitments to supplier diversity and sustainability. 

Supplier Diversity: Walmart’s Supplier Diversity program is built on people, products and responsibility. “The goal is to have our supply chain reflective of our associates and customers,” says Michael A. Byron, Walmart Senior Director, Supplier Diversity. "Having national supplier partners who share our commitment is critically important to our customers’ satisfaction and experience.” 

Sustainability: Walmart has set three specific sustainability goals, which align with Johnson & Johnson’s Healthy Future 2015 Sustainability Goals to increase use of renewable energy, reduce waste and improve the sustainability of its products through its EARTHWARDS® process.

These goals also align with Thoro’s practices. In 2010, Thoro was the first to offer NEUTROGENA® environmentally sustainable Forest Stewardship Council paperboard, at no additional charge. For every tree harvested to make that material, three more are grown. And NEUTROGENA® boxes are 100 percent recyclable.

Thoro’s environmental management extends beyond packaging, using 100 percent wind power in its manufacturing, and buying renewable energy credits to offset energy use. The company also uses inks low in volatile organic compounds and works to reduce package sizes. Thoro belongs to the EPA Green Power Leadership Club, a recognition of its use of green energy. 

WBENC 2016 National Conference

Walmart and Sam’s Club team members attended the 2016 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Orlando Fl. We met hundreds of women entrepreneurs and had the opportunity to hear their pitches, and share the requirements necessary to be considered a supplier at Walmart. The WBENC Conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders; engaging panel discussions; Matchmaker sessions; networking receptions; and a notable Business Fair.

Lefty's Spices

Lefty’s BBQ has been a popular, family-owned business in Maryland for more than 25 years, but Walter Nash, CEO, had even bigger ideas. “I thought, we can take these products that everyone is cannibalizing every day here in the restaurant, and we can package and put them in the grocery retail industry,” Walter said.

Less than two years later, Lefty’s Spices — a line of original sauces, rubs and seasonings — can be found in Walmart stores across the country.

“Walmart got behind us — it really understood what we were doing,” Walter said. “But we went into the opportunity really wanting to know how we could fill a void in a Walmart space as well. It’s been a great match.”