BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 28, 2006—Wal-Mart Stores Inc., today announced its renewed commitment to support the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). This collaboration is part of Wal-Mart’s continued efforts to foster long-term relationships with organizations that develop and promote national and community-based initiatives that help the Latino community move forward. The $55,000 in funding announced by Wal-Mart helps to support the 77th Annual LULAC National Convention and Exposition held this week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“At Wal-Mart, diversity is not just something we talk about; it’s who we are,” said Pepe Estrada, Wal-Mart’s Director of Hispanic Markets. “The impact that Hispanics are making in the United States and the Americas is one of the driving forces behind Wal-Mart’s support of LULAC’S programs that address the needs of the Hispanic community.”
“Wal-Mart’s partnership with LULAC shows their commitment to create a long term alliance with the Hispanic community,” stated LULAC National President Hector M. Flores. “This collaboration is a commitment to diversity and a pledge to work together to empower Latinos by supporting our national and community-based programs.”
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is also a member of LULAC’s Corporate Alliance, an advisory board comprised of more than 30 of the nation’s leading companies that seek to foster stronger relationships between corporations and the Hispanic community and to provide advice and assistance to LULAC.
Wal-Mart’s dedication to diversity is reflected at all levels; with two Hispanics serving on its13-member Board of Directors, more than 150,000 Hispanic associates, and a roster of more than 750 Hispanic suppliers conducting 1.1 billion in business with the company. “When it comes to our commitment to the Hispanic community, the numbers speak for themselves,” said Estrada.
More information abut Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB’s diversity initiatives can be found at www.walmartfacts.com
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. The company has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Arca, formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange, under the symbol WMT. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.
LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanics through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.