Walmart and the Walmart Foundation use philanthropy in combination with their business initiatives as well as the efforts of others in civil society, business, and government to drive systemic improvements in economic opportunity, supply chain sustainability, and community resilience.
In 2016, it contributed more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind gifts (donations of goods and services) to various causes, according to the company’s 2016 Giving Report. In addition, Wal-Mart employees contributed more than 1.25 million hours of their time outside of work to volunteer causes. Less than a third of the company’s total giving actually comes in the form of cash (over $300 million)
The problems being addressed are both large scale and complex, but Walmart believes that by working with their grantees and collaborators from the private sector, they can lead the way in driving significant, lasting change. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation focus on three priority areas that are particularly relevant to Walmart customers, associates and other stakeholders:
Opportunity – using philanthropy to accelerate mobility in retail and related sectors, enhance economic empowerment of women in global supply chains, support small business development and help U.S. veterans reintegrate into civilian life.
Sustainability – helping to alleviate hunger, enhance nutrition, and enhance the sustainability of food systems and product supply chains.
Community – working to strengthen resilience in the face of natural disasters, and to increase inclusion in local communities, through local donations and engaging our associates and customers in local causes.