ESG commitments & progress


Climate Change

(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results 
(unless otherwise noted)
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions214 
Goal: Achieve zero emissions across global operations by 2040Annual GHG emissions for CY2019
(million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent – MT CO2e)

Total: 17.56

Scope 1: 6.48

Scope 2: 11.08

Goal: Reduce absolute scopes 1 & 2 GHG emissions 35% by 2025 and 65% by 2030 from 2015 base year215 (approved as science-based and classified as 1.5°C-aligned Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
Percent change in annual Scope 1 and 2 emissions, CY2019 compared to CY2015 baseline12.1% decrease216
Percent change in Scope 1 and 2 annual emissions, CY2019 vs. CY20181.3% decrease
Carbon intensity (scopes 1 & 2) for CY2019
(MT CO2e per $M revenue)217
Percent change in carbon intensity per revenue, CY2019 vs. CY20182183.1% decrease
Goal: Power 50% of our operations with renewable sources of energy by 2025 and 100% by 2035Estimated percentage of CY2020 global electricity needs supplied to Walmart by renewable sources22036%
Estimated CY2019 total energy consumed globally, Gigajoules (GJ)>153,000,000
Estimated percentage of CY2019 total energy consumed that was supplied from grid electricity63.6%
Goal: Drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy globally by Dec. 31, 2020 — an increase of more than 600% vs. our 2010 baselineTotal renewable energy produced or procured by Walmart-driven projects

4 billion kWh projects procured

7 billion kWh of projects procured (under contact)

New renewable generation capacity brought on by Walmart since 2008 (net new to the grid vs. purchases)>2.3 gigawatts
Number of Walmart on-site and off-site renewable projects (in operation or under development)>550 in 8 countries
Goal: Double the number of on-site solar energy projects at our U.S. stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution centers by 2020, compared with our 2013 baseline of 240 installationsNumber of on-site solar installations

419 representing 193.8 megawatts of solar capacity (cumulative)

41 additional projects under contract

Goal: By Dec. 31, 2020, reduce the total kWh-per-square-foot energy intensity required to power our buildings around the world by 20% versus our 2010 baselinePercent change in kWh-per-square-foot energy intensity, CY2010-CY201912.7% reduction221
Electric vehicle (EV) charging stationsNumber of EV charging stations available at Walmart stores and clubs across the U.S., as of 20201,396 (347 retail locations across 41 states)
Supply Chain: Project Gigaton
Goal: Reduce or avoid 1 billion metric tons (MT) of CO2e emissions from Scope 3 by 2030 (Project GigatonTM)222Avoided emissions reported by suppliers cumulatively since CY2017-CY2020>416 million MT of CO2e
Avoided emissions reported by suppliers in reporting year CY2020>186 million MT of CO2e
Number of suppliers formally signed on since CY2017>3,100
Percentage of U.S. net sales represented by reporting suppliers22360%
Number of suppliers reporting>1,500
Goal: By 2030, work with suppliers to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions in our China value chain by 50 million MTAvoided emissions reported by suppliers cumulatively since CY2017>10 million MT of CO2e


Product supply chains: Sustainability

(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results
(unless otherwise noted)
Sustainability Survey Reporting
Sustainability Survey ReportingPercentage of U.S. net sales represented by suppliers who reported to one or more of Walmart’s sustainability surveys~70%
More sustainably source 20 key commodities by 2025

Fresh and Frozen Seafood

Goal: By 2025, all Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, Asda224, Walmart Canada, Walmart Mexico and Walmart Central America fresh and frozen, farmed and wild-caught seafood suppliers will source from fisheries that are third-party certified as sustainable, actively working toward certification or engaged in a Fishery Improvement Project 225 (FIP) or Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP)

Percentage of sustainably sourced fresh and frozen, wild-caught and farmed, seafood, based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S.: ~100%226

Sam’s Club U.S.: ~100%227

Walmart Canada: 89%228

Walmart Mexico: 61%229

Walmart Central America: 73%230

Percentage of wild-caught fresh and frozen seafood sustainably sourced (certified by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)-recognized program or participating in a FIP), based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S.: 98%231
(77% certified; 21% FIP)

Sam’s Club U.S.: ~100%232
(74% certified; 26% FIP)

Walmart Canada: 88%233
(88% certified; 0% FIP)

Walmart Mexico: 37%234
(37% certified; 0% FIP)

Walmart Central America: 22%235
(10% certified; 12% FIP)

Percentage of farmed fresh and frozen seafood sustainably sourced (certified by Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), or Global GAP or other third-party certification following the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) guidelines), based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S.: 100%236
(100% certified; 0% AIP)

Sam’s Club U.S.: 100%237
(100% certified; 0% AIP)

Walmart Canada: 89%238
(89% certified; 0% AIP)

Walmart Mexico: 84%239
(84% certified; 0% AIP)

Walmart Central America: 83%240
(83% certified; 0% AIP)

Canned Tuna

Goal: By 2025, Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club U.S., and Walmart Canada will require all canned light and white tuna suppliers to source from fisheries that are third-party certified as sustainable, actively working toward certification, or engaged in a fishery improvement project (FIP)241 242

Percentage of canned tuna sustainably sourced (certified by MSC or a program which follows Food and Agriculture Organization guidelines and is recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) or is in a FIP), based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S. (national and private brand): 35%243
(14% MSC certified; 21% FIP)

Walmart U.S. private brand: 85%244
(49% MSC certified/recertified; 36% FIP)

Sam’s Club U.S.: 3%245
(0% MSC certified; 3% FIP)

Walmart Canada: 34%246
(25% MSC certified; 9% FIP)

Row crops

Encourage suppliers to develop fertilizer optimization plans

Acres involved in fertilizer optimization and soil health practice programs, based on supplier reports>1.5 million acres
Number of suppliers participating in fertilizer optimization and soil health plans24


Source private brand coffee more sustainably

Percentage of private brand coffee net sales that were sourced and certified as sustainable (UTZ-Rainforest Alliance and/or Fair Trade USA), based on supplier reports

Total U.S.: 98% 

Walmart U.S.: 100%

Sam’s Club U.S.: 92%

Bananas & pineapples

Goal: Source 100% of all Cavendish bananas and pineapples sold in Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club U.S. and Asda253 stores from supplier farms that have received third-party certifications (e.g., Rainforest Alliance, Sustainably Grown and Fair Trade USA)

Percentage of bananas and pineapples that were sourced and certified as sustainable, based on supplier reports


Walmart U.S.: 99%247

Sam’s Club U.S.: 100%248

Asda: 100%249 


Walmart U.S.: 89%250

Sam’s Club U.S.: 96% 251

Asda: 79%252 

Apparel & home textiles

Goal: By 2022, source apparel and home textile products sold in Walmart U.S. stores only from suppliers working with textile mills that use the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM) to measure and help improve environmental performance

Percentage of net product sales in apparel and soft home categories sourced from suppliers reporting that at least one facility has completed the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg FEM assessment for Walmart U.S.>82%
Goal: Source 100% of cotton in private brand apparel and soft home textile products sold in Walmart U.S. stores as “more sustainable” by 2025Percentage of cotton volume for Walmart U.S. private brand apparel and soft home textile products sourced as “more sustainable” cotton, based on supplier reports (Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Cotton USA, organic, recycled cotton, or Fair Trade USA)25447%255
Goal: Source 50% of polyester in private brand apparel and soft home textile products sold in Walmart U.S. stores as recycled polyester by 2025Percentage of polyester volume for Walmart U.S. private brand apparel and soft home textile products sourced as recycled polyester, based on supplier reports22%256

Palm Oil

Goal: 100% of palm oil in Walmart private brand products sourced from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent-certified palm oil (mass balance and segregated supply chain systems) by the end of 2020257

Percentage of palm oil volume in Walmart Inc. private brand products certified as sustainable by RSPO or Rainforest Alliance based on supplier reports~90%258

Pulp and Paper

Goal: Source pulp/paper products with zero net deforestation in 100% of Walmart global private brand products by 2020259

Percentage of supplier-reported pulp and paper volume in Walmart Inc. private brand products that is recyclable or certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)97%260
Animal Welfare
Goal: Transition Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025, subject to regulatory changes and based on available supply, affordability and customer demandPercentage of cage-free shell eggs as percentage of total shell egg net sales, based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S.: 18%

Sam’s Club U.S.: 30%

Percentage of shell eggs meeting United Egg Producers animal welfare requirements or equivalent, based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S.: 100%

Sam’s Club U.S.: 100%

Percentage of pork suppliers abiding by the standards of the National Pork Board’s (NPB’s) Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus Program, based on supplier reports

Walmart U.S.: 100%

Sam’s Club U.S.: 100%



(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results 
(unless otherwise noted)
Operational Waste261
Goal: Zero waste262 to landfill and incineration in our operations in U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K. and Japan markets by 2025263Percentage of waste materials diverted from landfill and incineration per country: (CY2020)U.S.: 82%
Canada: 88%
Japan: 79%
U.K.: 89%
Mexico: 75%
Global Waste Diversion264Percentage of waste materials diverted from landfill and incineration globally in CY202081%298
Global waste destination mix265Approximate percentage of waste by destination type in CY2020

Recycling / reuse: 70%

Donation to people: 5%

Animal feed: 4%

Composting: 1%

Anaerobic digestion: 1%

Incineration (with and without energy recovery): 1%

Landfill: 18%

Food waste recycled266Pounds of food waste diverted globally from waste stream through composting, animal feed, anaerobic digestion and biochemical processing in CY2020>950 million pounds
Food donatedPounds of food donated globally in CY2020>745 million pounds
Consumer Engagement
Goal: 100% of our Walmart U.S. food and consumable private brand primary packaging labeled with the How2Recycle® label by 2022Estimated percentage based on supplier reports269

Walmart U.S.: 57%

Sam’s Club U.S.: 67%

Consumer recyclingPounds collected in CY2020 through customer recycling programs at Walmart Argentina, Chile, Japan, Mexico and the U.K.267>18 million pounds
LabelingEstimated percentage of Walmart U.S. private brand food sales using “Best If Used By” date label terminology unless a food safety or regulatory reason might prevent them from doing so, based on supplier reports84%268
Total weight (global packaging)Estimated total weight of private brand primary plastic packaging, including plastic bags (globally) based on supplier reports>1,300,000 MT276
Goal: Achieve 100% of global private brand packaging is recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable by 2025Estimated percentage of packaging based on supplier reports62%271
Goal: Achieve 100% of U.S. general merchandise private brand primary plastic packaging is free of PVC by 2020Estimated percentage based on supplier reports~99%272
Goal: Achieve 17% of global private brand plastic packaging is made of post-consumer recycled content by 2025Estimated percentage of packaging based on supplier reports9%273
Goal: Achieve 20% private brand plastic packaging in North America274 is made of post-consumer recycled content by 2025
Estimated percentage based on supplier reports9%275
Supply chain and beyond
Project Gigaton™Number of suppliers reporting progress on the waste and packaging pillars of Project Gigaton>1,000
Goal: Between 2016 and 2021, invest $15 million to organizations that help reduce food waste and strengthen food banks in CanadaGrant funding from the Walmart Foundation, awarded to dateNearly $20 million


Human Capital

(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results 
(unless otherwise noted)
Walmart associatesPeople employed, worldwide>2.3 million
People employed, U.S.1.6 million
Percent of U.S. hourly associates (excluding Home Office associates) in full-time jobs282~64%
Compensation (U.S.)Minimum starting hourly wage for entry level positions$11 to over $17 per hour (Minimum starting wages in stores vary by region and role)
Average hourly wage277 / Average total hourly compensation278 (U.S. hourly associates, excluding Home Office associates)


>$15.25 average hourly wage as of March 2021

Bonuses paid to hourly associates including full-time and part-time associates> $2.8 billion279
Benefits (U.S.)Paid time off (PTO) for hourly associates (full-time and part-time)PTO policy combines paid sick leave, vacation, personal and holiday time. Associates begin earning up to 48 hours (more in some locations) of Protected PTO on their hire date and regular PTO on their 90th day of employment.
Full-time hourly or salaried paid maternity leave (stackable with parental leave)28016 weeks
Full-time hourly or salaried paid parental leave after 12 months of service 2816 weeks
Starting cost of medical plan per bi-weekly pay period (for full- and part-time associates who have worked an average of 30 hours per week over the past 12 months)$30.50
Store discount, full- and part-time Walmart U.S. associates, effective after 90 days of employment10% off regularly priced general merchandise, fresh fruits and vegetables plus select merchandise on
401(k) average enrollmentNearly 700,000
401(k) company match$1.2 billion
Stock purchase planWalmart matches 15% of the first $1,800 U.S. associates contribute to their stock purchase program each year, up to $270 per plan year (age restrictions apply).
Promotions (U.S.)Number of U.S. associates promoted to jobs of greater responsibility and higher pay283> 300,000
Number of associates enrolled in Live Better U (LBU)> 27,000

Training (U.S.)

Goal: By 2025, Walmart U.S. will put millions of associates through focused training programs to equip them with skills to improve career growth, from entry-level positions to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay

Walmart U.S. store associate trainings, Walmart Academy, since 2016>2 million
Number of U.S. Walmart Academy training facilities206
Percentage of Walmart Inc. women in the workforce globally55%
Percentage of U.S. associates who are women; people of color

Women: 55%

People of Color: 47%

Percentage of U.S. management who are women; people of color

Women: 46%

People of Color: 37%

Percentage of U.S. hourly-to-hourly promotions that went to women; people of color

Women: 58%

People of Color: 46%

Percentage of U.S. total management promotions that went to women; people of color

Women: 46%

People of Color: 39%

Percentage of U.S. officers who are women; people of color

Women: 33%

People of Color: 25%

Percentage of Walmart Board of Directors who are women28525%
Percentage of Walmart Board directors who identify as ethnically or racially diverse28617%
Percentage of associates in international workforce who are women56%
Percentage of management in international workforce who are women41%
Percentage of active LBU students who are women/ people of color

Women: 56%

People of Color: 39%

Number of associates that have Inclusive Leadership Expectations (ILEs) as part of their annual performance evaluation> 67,000 (as of May 2021)
Veterans and military spousesNumber of veterans hired/promoted>49,500 />8,300
Number of military spouses hired>27,000
Number of technology-empowered287 roles in Walmart U.S. stores, including personal shoppers for pickup and delivery>160,000


People in Supply Chains

(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results 
(unless otherwise noted)
Responsible Sourcing
Supplier-disclosed facilities in “active” status288>27,800
Number of third-party responsible sourcing facility audit reports assessed>14,000
Facility color ratings for assessed audit reports, as a percentage of all assessed audits for the fiscal year 289 290

23.5% green

68.8% yellow

7.3% orange

0.4% red

Number of cases opened related to allegations of supply chain misconduct>800
Number of facilities remediated from orange to either yellow or green assessments294
Number of suppliers Walmart stopped doing business with, in response to serious violations of our standards (since 2012)37
Number of countries where assessed third-party responsible sourcing facility audits were conducted84
Social Sustainability
Goal: Between 2013 and 2023, purchase an incremental $250 billion in products supporting American jobsDollars purchased (cumulative since 2013)291
$145 billion
Diverse sourcingAmount sourced from diverse suppliers292 for our U.S. businesses, goods and services>$13 billion
Number of diverse suppliers293 to our U.S. businesses, goods and services~2,900
Market accessWalmart Foundation grants to support smallholders in India, Mexico and Central America (cumulative since 2017)>$52 million
Goal: Between 2018-2022, Walmart Foundation to invest $25 million to strengthen farmer producer organizations and farm yields in IndiaDollars invested (cumulative since 2018)>$20 million
Goal: Double Walmart U.S. sales of locally grown produce between the end of FY2017 and the end of FY2026 ($930 million baseline)Annual sales of local fresh produce in Walmart U.S. Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets> $1.15 billion
Goal: Walmart has committed to use our ability to bring together stakeholders, including industries, civil society, governments or international organizations to address the major potential risks to the dignity of workers in a minimum of 10 retail supply chains by 2025Retail supply chains in focus

Apparel in Bangladesh

Produce in the U.S. and Mexico

Shrimp in Thailand

Tuna in Thailand

Electronics sourced for the U.S. retail market


Safer, Healthier Food & Other Products

(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results 
(unless otherwise noted)
Product Safety
Goal: By 2022, we aim to reduce our footprint294 of “priority chemicals” in formulated consumables by 10% compared to our 2017 baselinePercent change versus baseline year, CY2019 vs CY20175% decrease
Number of formulated consumable products in scope sold by Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. in CY2019>145,000
Total weight of priority chemicals in CY2019206.2 million pounds 295
Priority chemical weight as a percent of total product formulation weight versus baseline year, CY2019 vs CY201712 basis point reduction
Food Access
Food donations globally, CY2020>745 million pounds
Food donations in the U.S.300>627 million pounds
Food Safety
Goal: In 2016, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to invest $25 million in projects to advance food safety in China over five yearsAmount invested in projects to dateOn track to meet investment goal of $25 million by end of 2021
Number of independent food safety audits conducted at Walmart stores and clubs globally>190,000
Number of associates trained in at least one food safety course>290,000



(goals noted and italicized)
FY2021 results 
(unless otherwise noted)
Community Engagement
Global givingTotal cash and in-kind donations from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation>$1.4 billion
Local grantsLocal cash giving from U.S. facilities296>$43 million
Associate givingNumber of hours U.S. associates volunteered>278,000
Number of U.S. associates that volunteered>12,000
Disaster Preparedness and Response
Total global cash and in-kind donations from Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart Foundation for disaster recovery and preparedness>$50 million
Calls to our Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Emergency Line120,356
Reportable incidents via our Emergency App85,982
Emergency declarations throughout the U.S. in support of disasters2972,509
Number of days EOC activated beyond normal operations257
Corporate income-based taxes paid worldwide>$5.2 billion