Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We believe we’re stronger as a company and a country when people are included, heard, and empowered. Our company has long embraced diversity and inclusion – those principles are at the core of our values. As we continue to make progress, we encourage an ongoing and open dialogue – one between our associates, customers, suppliers and communities around the world – so that we can reach the best of what we can be.
Read more about how we’re fostering a culture of inclusion and transparency in our new FY 2021 Culture, Diversity and Inclusion mid-year report.
Committed to Racial Equity
To build on our work in this space and aggressively drive change inside and outside our company, in June 2020, we announced that we would develop strategies and invest resources to increase fairness, equity and justice. Specifically, we’re going to focus the power of Walmart on our nation’s financial, healthcare, education and criminal justice systems.
In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $100 million over five years to create a new center to address systematic racism in society head-on and accelerate change. The center will support philanthropic initiatives focused on the social determinants of health, strengthening workforce development and related educational systems, and criminal justice reform with an emphasis on examining barriers to opportunity faced by those exiting the system.
We’re in the business of welcoming – our associates spend a lot of time supporting and serving one other, customers, and our communities. That’s why inclusion is a cornerstone of our business, and we are a better, more resilient company because of it. Around here, we talk a lot about helping people save money so that they can live better. For us, living better also applies to how we nurture an inclusive culture and diverse workplace, so that every person can feel comfortable and encouraged to be their authentic self.
Our U.S. workforce of more than 1.4 million associates consists of 21 percent Black or African American associates, 15 percent Hispanic or Latino American associates, 5 percent Asian American or Pacific Islander associates, and 1 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native. 55 percent of all associates are women, which includes 44 percent of our managers and 33 percent of our officers.
Helping associates reach their potential
When we take care of our people, we know they have a unique ability to then create positive change that strengthens the communities in which we operate all over the world. Over recent years, we’ve invested in our associates, particularly in higher wages, training, and education. In the U.S. through our Live Better U program, associates have the opportunity to earn a college degree for $1 a day, a high school diploma, skilled trade certificates, and digital certificates. Since the launch of the program in 2018, 47% of our participants are associates of color. We’ve also built more than 200 in-house training academies that teach retail and management fundamentals and focus on soft skills and leadership skills.
Simply put: We want to see our associates thrive and grow in their careers and we welcome associates from all backgrounds. A diverse company is a strong company. And we want them to succeed in the jobs of today and be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. A diverse leadership team, as well as a diverse board, is also priority for us, and the best place to find strong leaders for our management team is from within our company.
Our culture is our values in action – it’s how we live out Service to the Customer, Respect for the Individual, Strive for Excellence and Act with Integrity through our everyday behaviors. If we do that effectively, then we’ll have an inclusive culture. Our Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion’s mission is to create an inclusive culture where all associates are engaged to deliver on our purpose of saving people money so they can live better.
We aim to keep diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of our philanthropy. In all of our giving we aim to invest in equitable outcomes. In strategy development, we study outcomes for underrepresented groups and the specific barriers they face. Addressing these barriers becomes a lens we apply to both individual investments and the overall grant portfolio. Examples include working with our grantees to design smallholder farmer investments to empower women, encouraging development of culturally relevant nutrition education programs through our healthier eating initiatives or advancing and diversifying technology and retail talent pipelines in our communities by investing in pathways for underrepresented populations.
Walmart has a strong program and in FY20 we sourced over $11B annually from diverse suppliers. We continually look for ways to expand that, bringing additional exciting, innovative products to our customers through both our stores and eCommerce sites.
Walmart's commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond the boundaries of our company and out into the communities where our associates live.
We work through diverse groups in communities through sponsorship, philanthropy, recruiting and other activities.
Our partners range from well-established civil rights organizations to grassroots advocacy groups that span across the many diverse communities that reflect the American population. Here are just a few examples of organizations we partner with to advance diversity within our workforce and build inclusive communities:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
- AnitaB.org - Grace Hopper Celebration
- CatalystCenter for Native American Youth (CNAY)
- Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- National Black MBA Association
- National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
- National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
- National Urban League
- Network of Executive Women (NEW)
- OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
- Out & Equal
- Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA)
- Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)
- The Arc of the United States