Re-enforces commitment to its Women’s Economic Empowerment program

New Delhi, January 28: Walmart India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc., today announced an innovative entrepreneurship development program for women-owned businesses (WOBs) with the aim of enhancing their skills, capability and sustainability. The company is working with WEConnect International and Vrutti to implement the training program.

This initiative is designed to help women entrepreneurs achieve higher levels of business growth through a training curriculum, which will be delivered through workshops and mentoring sessions with technical experts, established women-owned businesses (WOBs), academic experts and business managers.

The first phase of the program will include participation of 25 WOBs in the regions of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Applications for the program will soon be available on websites of Walmart India (www.wal-martindia.in), WEConnect International (http://weconnectinternational.org/en/india) and Vrutti (http://www.vrutti.org).

Announcing the program, Krish Iyer, President and CEO, Walmart India, said, "I am extremely delighted to support women-owned businesses as part of our supply chain in India. Enhancing the capacity of women entrepreneurs and providing them with the skills to scale up their business will ultimately help Walmart India continue to offer great assortment and quality local products to our customers.”

Walmart has an ongoing commitment to empowering women around the world and helping WOBs succeed and grow. In September 2011, Walmart launched its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) initiative, using its unique size and scale to improve the lives of underserved women and help WOBs. As part of the initiative, Walmart committed to source $20 billion from women for its US business and double sourcing from WOBs internationally. Walmart India is continuously looking for long-term associations with potential WOB’s and supporting this important work.

Jenny Grieser, Senior Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment for Walmart, said, “We are proud of the work that Walmart India is doing to economically empower women. We know that this isn’t only the right thing to do, but also good for our business growth. Walmart India’s leadership in empowering women will be an example for other countries around the world.”

About Walmart India: Wal-Mart India Private Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s leading retailer renowned for its efficiency and expertise in logistics, supply chain management and sourcing. Walmart India owns and operates 21 Best Price Modern Wholesale membership clubs in 9 States across India. The company plans to open 49 more clubs by 2020. Walmart India launched its B2B e-commerce platform in July 2014 and has extended it to all 21 membership clubs. The Best Price membership clubs offer best prices with unmatched convenience, choice, quality and hygiene. The mission of Best Price is "Enabling businesses to prosper…every single member”. To enter and purchase from Best Price clubs, it is mandatory to become a member. Members can belong to different business categories such as Resellers (‘Kirana Stores’); Offices and Institutions (O&I); and Hotels, Restaurants and Caterers (HoReCa). The assortment, service and store layout are customized to the specific needs of members who can walk into a Best Price club and source high quality products in quantities they need and at the time they require.

About WEConnect International: WEConnect International is a corporate led global non-profit organization that helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside the U.S.A. that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women and connects them with multinational corporate buyers. WEConnect International corporate members represent over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power. It provides corporate members with a global database of women’s business enterprises and resources required to develop and leverage diverse and inclusive value chains.

About Vrutti: Vrutti is a Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, enhancing people’s well-being through knowledge, innovation and transformative actions. Towards this, the organization develops market-based models of development and builds on community strengths to promote a culture of entrepreneurship. We also work across levels and collaborate with partners to implement at scale, generate evidence and share knowledge for adoption. Vrutti engages with various types of organizations: Government, Multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, International and National Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs and NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Micro-finance institutions (MFIs), Women Owned Businesses (WOBs) and Corporate Organisations.

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For further information, please contact:

Sunita Patnaik, Walmart India: Sunita.Patnaik@walmart.com
Neha Pahuja, Perfect Relations: npahuja@perfectrelations.com, 9911466874