March 6, 2020
By Andrea Albright, Senior Vice President, Snacks, Beverages and Impulse, Walmart
At Walmart, we know we are at our best when we champion diversity and inclusion across our business. Women make up the majority of our associates and the majority of our shoppers, so it makes sense for us to use our strength to support women at all levels of the business.
So what does supporting women look like within the world’s largest retailer? It looks like including women in positions of leadership within the company, including on our board of directors. It looks like providing all associates, including women, with the opportunity to gain training and advance their careers. And it looks like empowering women suppliers to effectively work with us while growing their own business.
Over seven years, Walmart spent nearly $30 billion with women-owned businesses (for merchandising and services combined) through our supplier inclusion program. We’re proud of that number, but we know there is more work to be done as we strive to have our suppliers better reflect the communities we serve.
The innovation women bring to retail is absolutely crucial. I want to take a moment to highlight a few business owners whose courage and creativity, along with the support of Walmart, have helped bring innovation to their categories: