Walmart China’s Corporate Social Responsibility

Being a good corporate citizen, Walmart China is committed to helping Chinese people live a better life through CSR initiatives in four main categories: Women Economic Empowerment; Education Initiative; Nutrition, Health & Wellness; Giving back to communities. We have donated funds and in-kind support worth around RMB 97 million to local charities and welfare organizations since entering the China market. Moreover, Walmart China associates have dedicated over 210, 000 hours to these activities.

Some of our key Corporate Social Responsibility events since 2014 are summarized as below:

  1. On December 3, 2015, WEConnect 2015 Marketplace was held in Shanghai, with the support and donation from Walmart. As the global partner of WEConnect International, Walmart has supported this marketplace for four consecutive years with an accumulated donation of RMB 1.10 million to empower participating women entrepreneurs seeking market collaborative opportunities.
  2. On November 7, 2015, at the 17th plenary session of China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), Walmart China and CCFA signed an official agreement on the nationwide charity project themed “Retail Training Camp”. Walmart China will donate US$1.5 million (app. RMB 9.5 mil.) to CCFA over the next two years for the training of 15,000 medium and high-level vocational school students in China in several batches. The training is designed to enhance students’ retail operational capability over a period of four days, so as to lay a foundation of knowledge for them to be either engaged in retail or retail-related jobs, or open up their own small-scaled retail stores.
  3. On Oct. 22, 2015, Walmart hosted a ceremony entitled “Empower Women, Embrace the Future,” to announce continued commitment to the company’s Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) initiatives in China. Walmart China announced that it would continue to support @Her New Venture Project – Walmart’s Revolving Fund for Mothers’ New Ventures Program, a program initiated by the China Women’s Development Foundation. Walmart also further announced it would be launching Walmart’s Women's Retail Training Camp Program (simply called “Women Retail Training program). By the end of 2016, Walmart will have provided a total of 91.3 million yuan in donations in China through the program.
  4. On Sept.23, 2015, Walmart Foundation and BSR announced milestones in the Women in Factories (WiF) training program in China. The program includes women working in the selected factories to receive foundational training, which provides core life skills, including financial planning, maternal health and career development. Through this training, 100 high-potential women will be selected at each factory (a total of 4,500 women) to receive an additional 100 hours of Advanced Training, focusing on career and leadership.
  5. Between August 6th and August 19th, Walmart China, in collaboration with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Tencent Charity, suppliers and customers, launched a themed event of “Together, Let us Donate to the Charitable Meals Program”, in the hope that more people will care about the nutritious status of school children in poverty-stricken region and dedicate their love. On August 19th, a donation ceremony was held in Beijing. Walmart China, on behalf of supplier partners, customers and associates, donates RMB 2 Million to China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (FCPA). Walmart China takes the lead with a RMB 1 Million donation.
  6. On August 11, 2015, Walmart China held a launch ceremony themed “ 2015 Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Caravan Entering Walmart” and “2015 Sustainable Consumption Communication Week”, in support of the themed activity of “Green Life, Wise Consumption”, a green sustainable consumption communication week kicked off by China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), WWF and China Retail Sustainable Development Roundtable.
  7. On July 10, 2015, Walmart China, in collaboration with China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), launched the second phase of the Train-the-trainer program on the “Future Retail Star Training Program”, providing professional training to teachers for the retail industry.
  8. On May 28, 2015, sponsored by multinational companies such as Walmart, WEConnect International, UN Women China, Asia Society China Center and Women in Leadership China officially announced in Beijing that they have signed an agreement on strategic partnership. Under the agreement, they will jointly launch “Empowering Women Together Campaign”. The initiative is designed to support women’s entrepreneurship development and seek opportunities for them to enter multinationals’ supply chain so as to promote women’s economic empowerment and development.
  9. On May 8, 2015, the Walmart Foundation announced in Beijing an $875,000 grant to The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) to expand their recent efforts to support Chinese businesses in identifying and capturing sustainability improvement opportunities in Chinese product supply chains.
  10. On April 17, in the advent of the two-year anniversary of the Ya’an Earthquake, Walmart China, in collaboration with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, launched the completion ceremony for the “Walmart Community Center” in Ya’an.
  11. Around the 46th anniversary of the International Earth Day, Walmart China, in collaboration with Danone and some major suppliers, totaling 11, conducted a themed event of “Caring for the Earth, Action on the QR Code”, in 9 stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Kunming, which is an event with incentive gifts for customers designed to around people’s awareness of protecting the earth and their homeland.
  12. In early Feb.2015, China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) and Walmart China co-launched the first In-store Operations Training Course for professional medium-level trade and commerce vocational school teachers, which lasted for seven days. The launch marked the official entry into the train-the-trainer phase after a need assessment survey for industry talent as well as the completion of the curriculum development for the project since the launch of the “Future Retail Star Training Program” in August last year by both parties.
  13. On 16 January 2015, Walmart China Collaborated with Mars Cuixiangmi brand, one of its major suppliers, in the visit to Yubuyi Primary School in Shilin County, Yunnan Province, a beneficial school of the “Nutritious Meal” initiative, together with its partner the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. The visit marked the successful completion of the half-year project “Hand in Hand with Walmart and Mars – One Million Kilometers for One Million Donation”.
  14. As Christmas of 2014 and the new year of 2015 were approaching, Walmart China, through Shenzhen Voluntary Service Foundation, donated a total of 4740 baby diapers valued at over Rmb 1.18 million to four children’s welfare agencies, in order to help the underserviced vulnerable children’s group in Shenzhen.
  15. November 17 is World Pre-mature Baby Day. From late November to early December, 2014, Walmart China, in partnership with China Premature Baby’s Alliance, held a series of events to disseminate relevant knowledge on pre-mature babies at Walmart stores and plazas in front of Walmart in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Kunming.
  16. On November 19, 2014, the Walmart Retail Talent Professional Training Lab, which was supported by Walmart China, was launched at Beijing BN Vocational School of China Youth Development Foundation.
  17. On November 13, the WEConnect International China 2014 Marketplace supported by Walmart China was held in Beijing. Walmart has donated to this project for three consecutive years with a total sum of more than RMB 800,000. The funds donated are used to support this annual event that serves women entrepreneurs and builds an exchange and trading platform for women-owned enterprises and large-sized enterprises.
  18. On 24 October 2014, Walmart China announced another donation of RMB 10 million to the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to continue supporting CWDF’s “Revolving Fund for Mothers’ New Ventures” project over the next 3 years. The donation will be used to provide funding and technical support to women’s engagement in farming and related industries in impoverished areas, help impoverished women create ventures and promote industrialization and sustainability of local agriculture. It is the fifth time Walmart China donates to CWDF’s Revolving Fund for Mothers’ New Ventures since October 2010.
  19. On 23 September 2014 Walmart Foundation and BSR hosted the first annual conference for the Women in Factories (WiF) program. As the first conference of this 3 year initiative, attendees included representatives from various multi-national brands and their suppliers. The event gave an opportunity to the factories and brands participating to share their success stories as well as collaboratively find solutions to common challenges.
  20. On 18 September 2014, Walmart China and China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) jointly released the first Survey Report on Talent Demand of Entry-level Jobs and Employment Situation of Secondary Vocational School Graduates in the Chinese Chain Retail Industry. The survey, targeted at chain retail industry, enterprises and secondary vocational schools, proposed many valuable references for demand characteristics and training directions of fundamental staffs engaged in the chain retail industry.
  21. On 7 August 2014 Walmart China launched the Future Retail Star Training program in collaboration with China Chain Store and Franchise Association (CCFA) in Beijing. Walmart announced a three-year partnership with CCFA with a donation of RMB 5 Million to support this Future Retail Star Training program in the period of 2014-2016. The initial donation of RMB 1 million will be used for project kickoff and preparation in 2014. This program will mainly target secondary vocational school students with majors in chain store operation, marketing and other specialties in commerce and trade. According to project plan, by the end of 2016, a total of 200 in-service teachers and 20,000 students will receive training in order to meet the increasing demand for entry-level retail professional staff.
  22. In early August 2014, within 48 hours after the outbreak of the earthquake in Ludian County, Zhaotong City, Yunnan, Walmart China allocated relief goods worth nearly RMB 500,000 as donation to the earthquake-hit region. According to the requirements for goods from One Foundation, Walmart collaborated with One Foundation at the first time to kick off the disaster reaction mechanism. Through its 17 stores located in Yunnan, Walmart allocated emergency goods of rice and edible oil weighing 45 tons, as well as cooking pans, which provided timely relief to the most seriously-hit Ludian County.
  23. In late July 2014, Walmart China allocated timely relief supplies worth over RMB 400,000 and worked with One Foundation to donate a considerable amount of emergency supplies including rice, edible oil, mosquito net, mosquito repellent water, sulfurous medicated soap, and laundry powder to Rammasun-hit Hainan and Qinzhou in Guangxi at the first time.
  24. On 5 June 2014 Walmart aligned with Mars launching the charitable Nutritious Meal project in Shenzhen. Walmart announced to donate another RMB one million to CFPA, upon from the previous donation with amount of RMB one million in 2013. So far Walmart has accumulated total amount of RMB 129.60 million to the Foundation, and provided approximately 441,835 nutritious meals to 2,208 students located in Lingyun County, Guangxi province, Shilin County, Yunnan province and Weining County, Guizhou province.
  25. On 21 May 2014 the WEConnect International China hosted the 2014 Training Module & Advisory Council Launch in Beijing. With the support of Walmart China and Walmart Foundation, WEConnect China will host the global rollout of a series of 10 training modules, which have been developed to assist women entrepreneurs to build capacity, becoming more competitive suppliers to WEConnect International corporate members.
  26. On 30 May 2014 onions from Dongchuan, Kunming hit the market 10 days later this year, which resulted in a poor sale. Learning about this from the media, Walmart worked with the local government and procured 10 tons of onions from the farmers. Onions whose quality met standards have been put on sale at fair prices at 10 Walmart stores in Kunming. The onions were quite popular among customers.
  27. On 21 March 2014 Walmart China, in collaboration with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), launched the charitable Nutritious Meal project in Songziyuan Primary School, Shilin County, Yunnan province. Walmart donated RMB 1 Million to CFPA to provide nearly 360,000 nutritious meals to 1,800 students in 9 poor primary schools in Lingyun County, Guangxi province, Shilin County, Yunnan province and Weining County, Guizhou province. Each nutritious meal contains a box of 200 ml milk and an egg, which can meet the essential dietary needs of each student every day.
  28. Now in its second year in 2014 and endowed by a Walmart Foundation gift of $3.7 million, the three-year “Training Smallholder Apple Farmers in China for Sustainable Production and Domestic Market Access” project combines the expertise of Cornell and UC Davis faculty and extension specialists with counterparts from the National Apple Research System in China, Shandong Agricultural University, Northwest A&F University, and the Provincial Agricultural Extension Bureaus of Shandong and Shaanxi provinces in order to sustainably increase domestic apple production. Training sessions were successively held in March 2014 in Yantai, Shandong and in Yangling, Shaanxi.
  29. On the eve of International Women’s Day, which was March 8, 2014, BSR and Walmart co-launched a program themed Women in Factories China, a three-year initiative that will train approximately 26,000 women factory workers in job readiness, life and leadership skills, in an effort to build a strong pipeline of female leaders in China.
  30. Right before the Spring Festival of 2014, Walmart kicked off the “Sunny Warm Community” campaign for the third time with the theme of “Warm Winter, Happy Family”. In addition to leveraging netizens and customers to communicate on more community philanthropy heroes and their deeds as well as on those who are in need of help, Walmart China launched the “Happy Family” campaign on its official micro-blog, asking netizens to record the moment of love among their family members and neighborhood as well as share them with the netizens.