Community

Walmart India strives to improve the quality of life for its employees, customers, suppliers and communities through various initiatives, in-kind donations and volunteerism. Initiatives focus on enhancing opportunities in sustainable agriculture, women economic empowerment, sustainable operations and community development.

Women's Economic Empowerment

In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a set of goals to help transform the lives of women and their families. We set out to increase sourcing from women-owned businesses (WOBs), empower 1 million women through training and promote diversity and inclusion in our supply chain. Since its launch, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have awarded $139 million in grants to support women’s economic empowerment.

Through training and sourcing, Walmart India’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative is helping to provide sustainable employment opportunities and significantly expanding economic opportunities for women across India.

Sustainable Agriculture

Walmart is committed to improving the livelihoods of small- and medium-sized farmers in growing economies. It supports such farmers through its global sourcing program, providing technical assistance and training programs to increase farmer income. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have supported the following farmer training programs over the years.

  • Market Readiness for Farmers: Walmart Foundation’s support with a grant of close to US$2 million to Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) to help smallholder farmers in India diversify the markets for their produce. The funding will enable ASI to implement the Farmer Market Readiness Project in India’s Andhra Pradesh State. It will provide farmers with the knowledge, resources and services to enhance their market-readiness and expand their reach. The goal is to improve the livelihoods of 15,000 farmers and their families and communities over the coming two years. The Market Readiness Project will encourage farmers to work together and help them learn new skills to improve their productivity and the quality of their produce. As a key part of the program, ASI will promote closer links between buyers and farmers. Facilitating meetings prior to the planting season will let diverse buyers share their insights into upcoming market demand, standards, and prices and allow farmers to manage planting and crop rotation to maximize profits.
  • Sunhara Prayas, Second phase: Through funding from WM India Technical & Consulting Services Pvt.Ltd., 750 banana, mango and vegetable growers are being trained by NGO Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) on good agricultural practices in Sitapur & Lucknow districts of Uttar Pradesh. More than 25% of the farmers being trained are women. The project will also focus on enhancing marketing skills of the farmers.
  • Sunhara Prayas: Agribusiness Systems International’s Sunhara Prayas project facilitated increased socio-economic empowerment for 6,000 smallholder farmers – 5,000 of them women – in the vegetable value chain in four districts of Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh in India, through improved and inclusive horticultural production and marketing systems. This program, supported by Walmart Foundation, focused on empowering women through female-achieved, on-farm income gains and addressing barriers (market and social) that restrict their ability to access and exercise control over economic opportunities.
  • Economic Development of Smallholder Vegetable Farmers Project: The TechnoServe project empowered farmers by upgrading farming practices and developing the local logistics connecting farmers to the formal retail sector. During the life of the project, TechnoServe delivered training to 10,043 farmers, 5,025 of whom were female farmers and farm workers. Additionally, the seven TechnoServe clusters successfully connected 296 farmers to the formal retail market. Beyond the farmer training sessions at the Farmer Training and Collection Centers, TechnoServe provided women-specific training and empowered women to participate in income-generating farming activities.
  • Cashew Value Initiative: The Cashew Value Chain Initiative, conducted in collaboration with CARE India, helped provide sustainable economic opportunity for 1,250 women in two coastal districts of Tamil Nadu. Three processing centers and eight satellite centers were located in villages to reduce commute time and facilitate strong participation. This initiative was designed to provide opportunities for vulnerable women to improve literacy and math skills, while also increasing their income.
  • Sustainable Trade Initiative Better Cotton Production: The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) supported cotton producers in India in adopting Better Cotton Production principles: reducing use of water in cotton production; reducing use and impact of pesticides; improving soil health and biodiversity; promoting fair wages, equality of employment, proper health and safety; and improving profitability by introducing farm management practices that reduce input costs, maximize yield, improve quality and create a market for the 'Better Cotton' product. The program trained 60,000 farmers, including 4,922 women.

Associate Volunteerism

As a responsible corporate citizen, we strive to improve the quality of life for Associates, Customers and Communities through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism. In this regard, Walmart has put in place an associate volunteering program named ‘Store of the Community’ (SOTC). Key objective of this program is to support the company’s mission to engage associates with the community through volunteerism. </p>

At Walmart India, associates and customers participated in blood donation drives to support the National Thalassemia Welfare Society. The donations went to help children affected by thalassemia – a blood disorder that requires blood transfusion almost every day.

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