Sourcing from Women-Owned Businesses

Women-owned businesses—defined as at least 51% owned and managed by one or more women—employ nearly 9 million people in the U.S. alone. The 2015/16 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Women’s Report shows women are outpacing male entrepreneurs in innovation and new products in several countries. Despite this, women-owned businesses (WOBs) represent less than 5% of the supply base across consumer goods categories.

We set a goal to help WOBs around the world overcome persistent hurdles and grow by creating access to markets through direct-sourcing in our stores and online. To achieve our goal, Walmart developed a program with strategies around access to capital for WOBs, finding and sourcing products for our stores, building supplier capacity, improving Walmart’s onboarding process, and creating tools and resources for internal associates and suppliers. From fiscal years 2013 through 2017, Walmart sourced $21.2 billion from WOBs for our U.S. business and doubled our spend with WOBs in some international markets.
In 2011, the WEE Initiative started with a vision to achieve $20 billion in spending with women-owned businesses (WOBs) for our U.S. businesses over five years.
In each of our markets around the world, the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) team aimed to develop a supplier base for sourcing through women-owned businesses (WOBs) using tailored, market-driven solutions.
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