Providing disaster relief
Our disaster relief work encompasses the three strategies below.
Over the past year, many of the communities in which Walmart operates suffered disasters, from earthquakes in Mexico and China to major wildfires in California and Canada, flooding in Peru and hurricanes that swept across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico. In each case, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation responded quickly to help support the local communities that were hit hardest.
In times of disaster, Walmart aims to support the communities in which we do business, as well as the safety and well-being of our associates, by bringing to bear our logistics capability, technology, ability to source products, physical locations, associates and scale.
As with all our efforts, we aspire to improve entire systems, not just respond in the moment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation support efforts to help communities respond more quickly and effectively in the wake of disasters. We also invest in technologies and other innovations that help communities better prepare for disasters. In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation pledged $25 million in cash and in-kind donations to support disaster preparedness and relief through FY2021. Recognizing the unprecedented impact of disasters during 2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given well beyond the initial pledge, providing more than $38 million in FY2018 alone.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave
more than $38 million in FY2018 alone.