Second, we’ll empower women on farms and in factories through training, market access and career opportunities.
At Walmart, we already committed to work with 1 million farmers -- half of whom will be women – to be more sustainable and increase their incomes. In China, India and Latin America, we’ll launch new programs to help women farm workers participate more fully in the agriculture supply chain. As Mike said, when you raise the income of women farmers, they reinvest in their families and in their communities.
When it comes to factory workers, we’ll be launching training programs in 150 factories in India, Bangladesh, Central America and China.
We expect to train 60,000 women in fundamental life skills and help them become better advocates for themselves at home, at work and in their communities. From that pool, 8,000 high-potential women will be trained in leadership and management skills.
Studies show that in factories where women have more of a voice, where managers step up and value them as long-term members of the team, those factories are more productive, have higher output and produce higher quality products.
Third, we will empower women through job training and education.
We already have an innovative partnership in Washington, D.C. to offer literacy, customer service and retail training to 2,000 people.
Our goal in the U.S. is to expand this program to more cities and, in partnership with NGOs, help over 200,000 women from low-income households gain access to education, job skills and greater economic security.
As you know, we’ve already had tremendous success in Brazil and India helping women see a brighter future for the first time. We want to scale these centers in more countries. We’ll train and certify another 200,000 women in India, China, Brazil and other markets in Latin America. Giving women the opportunity at a first job is a launching pad into the formal economy and a better life. First jobs and retail jobs can be truly life changing.
Fourth, we’ll work to increase gender diversity among our professional service suppliers.
Through our successful legal diversity program, we’ve shifted tens of millions of dollars in fees to help make sure that women and minorities are recognized and rewarded for their hard work and contributions. This has been great for our suppliers and great for our business.
In the U.S., we’ll expand this program to include other major professional service firms -- advertising firms, accounting firms and technology firms -- and merchandise suppliers with over $1 billion in sales. We will also translate this program to our retail markets around the world, beginning with our global suppliers.