Today we are indeed a global company. We operate more than 11,300 retail units in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. We also employ approximately 2.2 million associates around the world – 1.5 million in the U.S. alone.
That said, we are committed to providing items grown, made and sourced in America. In fact, we reported in our 2019 ESG Report that according to data from our suppliers, these items account for more than 2/3 of what we spend to buy products at Walmart in our U.S. stores. We also host an open call every year, which provides current and potential U.S. suppliers an opportunity to pitch products to our buyers. Additionally, we work to help develop small suppliers in countries around the globe, enabling them to establish their businesses as part of the regional retail supply chain.
We have committed to purchasing an additional $250 billion in products made, sourced or grown in the U.S. by 2023. Simply, we are working on investing in products that support American jobs every day.