Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Walmart is stronger as a company when people are heard, included and empowered. Learn more about our efforts to foster inclusion and belonging within our walls and society in our most recent FY2022 Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mid-Year Report, our 2020 Culture, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Annual Report, and our 2021 Environmental, Social & Governance Report.
Five key takeaways from the FY2022 Midyear Report
- Diverse representation continues to increase There are continued gains in representation for People of Color. Management representation gains can be attributed, in part to the number of U.S. Hourly-to-Management promotions. Overall, both Latinx and Asian representation in the total workforce rose as well. Despite a decline in hourly and management women representation, U.S. Officer-Women representation is up 1.14%.
- Walmart is a place where careers begin Age representation data is now included in the report. The average age of our U.S. workforce over all is 38.32, and the largest percentage of associates is 20-24, suggesting that many people begin their careers at Walmart.
- Accessibility Center of Excellence launches According to the World Health Organization, there are more than one billion people globally who are living with a disability. We realize the opportunity we have to make a global impact, so in May 2021 we announced the formation of our Accessibility Center of Excellence to continue to push for progress inside and outside our walls. Walmart has long been committed to advancing equity and inclusion for people with disabilities which we believe is evidenced by Walmart’s score of 100 on the 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI) for the sixth consecutive year.
- Diversity and inclusion are a global priority Inclusion is an intentional element of Walmart’s Global People strategy across its international businesses. Since our last report we’ve seen great efforts from our international markets including:
- In June 2021, the Walmart Foundation announced a USD $20 million commitment over five years to advance equity for Black and Indigenous Canadians through food security and economic opportunity.
- Walmart Mexico and Central America launched a broad-based campaign, partnering with local organizations this year focused on fostering a safe environment where all associates, customers, suppliers and the community feel included and treated with respect and equality.
- Massmart launched a disability strategy in May 2021 that is focused on achieving 1.5% disability workforce representation across the entirety of its Africa operations.
- We’re creating a more diverse supply chain At Walmart, we believe we are at our best when we promote diversity across our supply chain. Walmart launched a Supplier Inclusion Advisory Council in March 2021 comprised of leaders from across our Merchandising organization to reimagine our supplier inclusion initiative and strive for a best-in-class program for supplier development.
By the Numbers
Walmart’s Diversity and Inclusion insights are now just a click away, with this self-service tool. For a deeper understanding and breakdown of specific diversity data, please explore the interactive table below.
Diversity & Inclusion by the Numbers
Percentages as of June 30, 2021 for International† markets and composites and as of July 31, 2021 for the United States. Global data is the combination of International and U.S. data from these respective reporting periods. Please see glossary for data definitions.
U.S. Workforce Representation - Women
U.S. Workforce Representation - Women + Ethnicity
U.S. Workforce Representation by New Hire
U.S. Workforce Representation by Promotions
U.S. Workforce Representation by Age
Average Age of the U.S. Workforce
International† Workforce Representation - Women
Total Workforce Representation by International† Market - Women
Global Workforce Representation - Women
Numbers represent average age
Numbers represent percentages %
Definitions & Disclosures
Global: Aggregate of International and U.S. data
United States: All 50 states, excludes Puerto Rico
International†: Africa, Canada, Central America, Chile, China, and Mexico. Excludes associates in India and eCommerce associates in Ireland and Israel.
*Africa (Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia)
**Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua)
- U.S.: All hourly associates, excluding temporary associates
- International: Determined using Hay Points scale with non-management level positions being those scored between 0 - 437. Roles would include but not limited to administrative and frontline field associates
- U.S.: All salaried, exempt associates
- International: Determined using Hay Points scale with management level positions being those scored between 438 - 1,260. Roles would include but not limited to Senior Directors, Directors, Managers and field managers
- U.S.: President, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President and Vice President positions
- International: Determined using Hay Points scale with officer level positions being those scored between 1,261 - 7,000
Women of Color: An aggregate composite of U.S. women including African American/Black, Asian, LatinX, Native American/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and women of two or more races
People of Color: An aggregate composite of U.S. associates including African American/Black, Asian, LatinX, Native American/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and individuals of two or more races
‡ Minimum age for employment at Walmart Inc. or one of its subsidiary companies, in the United States is at least 16 years old.
We’re in the business of welcoming—our associates spend a lot of time supporting and serving one another as well as our customers and communities. That’s why inclusion is a cornerstone of our business, and we are a better, more resilient company because of it. We focus on helping people save money so that they can live better.
As part of Walmart’s larger efforts to address the drivers of systemic racial inequity in society and accelerate change, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years through the Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity. The center’s initiatives fund research, advocacy, innovation of practices and tools, stakeholder convening and non-profit capacity building with a focus on eradicating systematic disparities experienced by Black and African American communities in the United States.
At Walmart, we believe we’re at our best when we promote diversity and inclusion across our global supply chain. For our suppliers, working with Walmart means access to the 220 million customers and members who visit our stores, clubs and online around the world each week. In FY2021 (Feb. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021), Walmart sourced more than $13.10 billion in goods and services from 2,899 diverse suppliers.
News & Stories
September 20, 2021There are more than 1 billion people worldwide living with a disability, and Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an opportunity to educate about the importance of inclusive design. Walmart celebrated GAAD 2021 with an internal program that featured Doug McMillon, President & CEO – Walmart Inc., and Ben Hasan, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, along with featured guest Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer – Microsoft. The program highlighted the fundamentals of accessible design and fostering inclusion for people with disabilities, and also served to introduce Walmart’s new Accessibility Center of Excellence.
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September 20, 2021Walmart supports associates who own their story, who understand the transformative power of storytelling, and who possess the courage to share their voice. Carlos Guzman, Senior Manager II – Global Sustainability, recognized an opportunity to spark inclusion as a founding member of the PRIDE Associate Resource Group at Walmart.com. He leans on his intersectional experience as a gay Puerto Rican to lead inclusively at work and add value to the business.
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September 20, 2021Massmart launched a disability strategy in May 2021 across its Africa operations focused on creating career opportunities for people living with disabilities and fostering a culture where everyone feels included. The strategy is supported by four pillars: customer composition, talent, a responsible employer, and education and awareness campaigns.
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In February 2021, Walmart collaborated with McKinsey & Company to fund and support one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, exploring the experience of Black and African American workers in the U.S. private sector. The study focuses on the participation of workers in the U.S. economy, representation, advancement and experiences. It also shares the path forward, including key challenges. Read more
June 11, 2021One year following the announcement of Walmart’s $100M commitment over five years to advance racial equity, Kirstie Sims, Sr. Director, Walmart.Org Center for Racial Equity, reflects on Walmart’s journey. This June, Walmart business leaders took part in the first Center for Racial Equity Milestone Meeting to share progress updates on philanthropic efforts and business initiatives that are driving systems change across the four focus areas of finance, health, education and criminal justice. Read More
While Walmart has had a team focused on diversity and inclusion since 2003, the creation of its Global Office of Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2015 marked an intentional and strategic move to evolve DEI work from transactional, compliance-based programming to transformational, business-driven culture change. See the Walmart Ranking