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 250 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

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 nearly 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. Through our supplier diversity efforts, we’re committed to creating economic growth and sustainable communities by:

  • Increasing sourcing from businesses owned by people of diverse backgrounds, including minorities, women and people with disabilities
  • Fostering an inclusive supply chain that’s relevant to our customers and meets their need

By working with diverse suppliers, we provide opportunities for significant growth and development to diverse businesses: 

  • In FYE15, we spent approximately $13.5 billion with women and minority-owned businesses. This includes $10.4 billion in direct-spending and $3.1 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).

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.

Supplier Diversity Portal >>

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

Do you want to become certified as a diverse supplier?
To be qualified as a diverse supplier, your business must be: A U.S. privately held company that is 51% owned and operated by a woman, minority, veteran or person with a disability. Walmart recognizes these diverse supplier groups:
  • Women
  • Hispanic American
  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Native American
  • Alaskan Native
  • Veterans
  • Disabled Veterans
  • People with Disabilities
Please be aware that there are costs involved with Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) supplier certification, and those costs are the sole responsibility of the supplier seeking certification as a diverse business.
How do I become a Diverse Supplier for Walmart?

To become a Diverse Supplier, you must register on the Walmart Supplier Diversity Portal. In addition, you must also submit a copy of your certification from one of the following organizations:

  • 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. 

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

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

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

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

May 18, 2016
NMSDC Leadership Awards
New York, NY

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

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

Oct 23 - 26, 2016
NMSDC National Conference
Chicago, IL

Past Events
Sept 21 - 22, 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 

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. 

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.”

Alexa Brands

Claudia Hoexter, founder and CEO of Alexa Brands, recognized an opportunity. What if there were a way to capture those seemingly unreachable final ounces of lotion, conditioner and makeup at the bottom of containers?

She provided an answer with the invention of the Beauty Spoon. Already a supplier for Walmart, she learned about our Supplier Diversity Program and took full advantage.

“People are throwing away money each year with all the product left at the bottom of containers,” Claudia said. “Walmart believed in me and looked for ways to drive exposure to my products and brand.”