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·         Walmart makes sustainability gains

·         Walmart reports initiatives' progress

·         Walmart managers take home an average of $175,000 a year. How much do their workers make?



Walmart makes sustainability gains


BY Dan Berthiaume, Chain Store Age

May 8, 2019


Walmart is reporting progress in areas such as emissions, renewable energy, and human rights.


In its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, Walmart said it reduced scopes 1 and 2 annual greenhouse gas emissions by 6.1% in 2017 compared to 2015 levels. Walmart also said it has made advancements in its global Project Gigaton effort that asks suppliers to help avoid 1 billion metric tons of emissions in the company’s collective value chains by 2030. Suppliers reporting avoiding more than 93 million metric tons of emissions over the last two years.


In addition, as part of Walmart’s goal of being supplied by 50% renewable energy by 2025, 28% of Walmart’s electricity needs are now supplied by renewable sources.


Other sustainability areas where Walmart is reporting progress include:


Mitigating waste: In 2018 in the U.S., Walmart diverted 81% of unsold products, packaging and other waste materials from landfills. Walmart also recycled more than 430 million pounds of plastic film and rigid plastics globally.


Sourcing responsibly: To help address worker safety issues in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry, Walmart became a founding member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety in 2013. The Alliance concluded its five-year commitment on December 31, 2018, and Walmart reports significant progress, including 90% of high-priority remediation items completed across all factories affiliated with the Alliance.


Sustainability Index: As of the end of fiscal 2019, Walmart achieved a supplier Sustainability Index participation rate that covers 80% of the goods Walmart sells in U.S. stores and Sam’s Club locations for categories where the Sustainability Index is available.


Advancing economic mobility: Walmart promoted more than 215,000 people to jobs of greater responsibility and higher pay in Walmart U.S. stores in fiscal 2019.


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Walmart reports initiatives' progress


by Serenah McKay, Arkansas Democrat Gazette

May 9, 2019


Walmart Inc. released a report Wednesday outlining progress toward its goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions and waste, support human rights and increase economic opportunity for employees.


The 94-page 2019 Environmental, Social and Governance Report covers the Bentonville-based retailer's fiscal 2019, which ended Jan. 31. Walmart spokesman Blair Cromwell said the document is a streamlined version of the Global Sustainability Report the retailer has issued in previous years.


Walmart's environmental, social and governance stakeholders had asked for a more distilled, focused look at the company's metrics, Cromwell said. "This is a new way for us to report the same information," she said. "It's just packaged differently."


The retailer also released on its website the annual update of its Global Ethics and Compliance Program, and it announced a new website,, showcasing the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation.


The new report includes a look at Walmart's plans to improve employee wages and benefits, advance economic mobility and foster inclusion in its workforce. Full-time hourly employees in the company's U.S. stores earned an average of $14.26 an hour as of March, according to the report, with average total compensation and benefits of $19.31 an hour.


Of Walmart's 2.2 million employees worldwide, a little more than 1 million of them work in the U.S. Walmart doesn't release the percentage of employees who work full time, but spokesman Kory Lundberg said most hourly workers in U.S. stores are full-time employees.


Lundberg said more than 175,000 workers last year changed from part-time to full-time status. They picked up the additional hours in a number of ways, he said, such as working online pickup or taking on extra shifts. After employees work full-time hours for 12 weeks, he said, they are "converted" to full-time status.


A new scheduling app makes going full time even easier for those who want to work more hours, Lundberg said. A worker can swap shifts with another employee, for instance, or pick up shifts that have not yet been assigned, he said.


According to the report, 55% of Walmart's total U.S. workforce is female, as is 43% of its U.S. management. Store managers in the U.S. earn an average of $175,000 annually, and more than 75% of U.S. store operations management personnel started out as hourly employees.


The environmental section of the report addresses Walmart's initiatives on climate change, sustainability in the supply chain and waste reduction. The company said in the report that its suppliers participating in Project Gigaton avoided more than 102 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions over the past two years. Walmart started Project Gigaton in April 2017 with the goal of eliminating a gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain by 2030...





Walmart managers take home an average of $175,000 a year. How much do their workers make?


Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

May 8, 2019


Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, pays its U.S. store managers an average of $175,000 a year, according to a new company report.


The retailer's inaugural Environmental, Social & Governance Report released Wednesday says all of Walmart's 1 million-plus U.S. workers earn more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, with the average wage for full-time hourly workers $14.26 per hour.


The 94-page report outlines the company’s goals, progress and achievements in key areas, including climate change initiatives, sustainability in supply chains and economic opportunity for employees and communities.


"We believe it’s important to run our business in a way that generates lasting value for our customers, our associates, our shareholders and for society more broadly," wrote Walmart Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon in a letter included with the report.


In February, Walmart introduced paid time-off that employees can use when they're sick or otherwise need to miss work. For having spotless attendance, employees can earn an additional 25% on their quarterly bonuses.


The retail giant also has increased education options for employees and trained about 450,000 employees last year through the Walmart Academy program.


“We’re investing in our associates through wages along with better educational opportunities, benefits and training," McMillon said.


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