Donation to Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India supports emergency supplies, relief and rehabilitation operations

Gurgaon, Dec. 14, 2015: As Chennai & other parts of Tamil Nadu continue to struggle with unprecedented devastation caused by heavy rainfall & floods, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working to support relief and reconstruction efforts.  The Walmart Foundation has committed INR One Crore to Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF India) for the provision of health and hygiene kits, food baskets, safe drinking water and tarpaulins. In addition, many Walmart India associates made immediate in-kind contribution (clothes and other urgent supplies) to the NGO, Goonj, in response to the crisis.

Ms. Meenakshi Batra, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF India) said, ``The devastation is extensive. Even as relief camps and medical facilities are being set-up, we have much need for the community to come together and support those affected. Together with organizations like Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, we hope to bring immediate relief to the people and help rebuild Chennai and other affected part of Tamil Nadu.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, along with Walmart India, continue to evaluate the situation in Tamil Nadu. 

Mr. Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India said, “We stand by the people of Chennai and neighboring areas of Tamil Nadu who have been affected by the floods. In addition to the relief grant of INR One Crore by Walmart Foundation, we have pledged our support to the community through voluntary in-kind donations & volunteering activities.”

Walmart is committed to strengthening local communities and disaster relief and preparedness is an important part of that commitment. At Walmart, we help prepare for and provide disaster relief in the aftermath of hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes through our emergency operations center and our collaborations with organizations like the Red Cross and United Nations. Over the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given more than $43 million in cash to various countries burdened by disaster.

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 stores in 9 States across India. The company plans to open 50 more stores by 2020. Walmart India launched its B2B e-commerce platform in July 2014 and has extended it to all 21 stores. The Best Price stores 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 stores, 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 store and source high quality products in quantities they need and at the time they require.

About Philanthropy at Walmart:

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

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For further information, please contact:

Sunita Patnaik, Walmart India; Sunita.Patnaik@walmart.com