Our dedication to diversity and inclusion extends from our board of directors, to our Associates; from our suppliers, to our customers; and to every aspect of our business. We have long maintained diversity initiatives, including employment practices and supplier programs, to help build and retain a diverse work force and supplier base along with varied community outreach programs. We know that attracting diverse customers, Associates and suppliers is imperative to our business success and growth. Because of this commitment to diversity, we can better serve our customers and provide a dynamic work environment for Associates.
Committed to becoming a more transparent corporation in all aspects of our business, we released our first EEO-1 report to the public in April 2006. The release of our data is an extension of our commitment to being the best company we can be, and illustrates the priority we place on diversity. In the most recent report, we conveyed that our company employed more than 826,000 females, 237,000 African Americans, 154,000 Hispanics and Latinos, 41,000 Asian Americans and 256,000 seniors who are 55 and older. Of our 15-member board of directors, three are women, two are Hispanic and two are African-American. Read more about the latest EEO-1 report.
In 2006, we established the Employment Practices Advisory Panel to work with senior leadership to develop and implement progressive enhancements to equal employment opportunity and diversity initiatives. This proactive approach demonstrates our continued commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive environment, and to continue building on our employment practices. The advisory panel includes a diverse group of well-established career professionals.
- Dennis Archer is chairman and CEO of The Diversity Network and chairman of the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit. Previously, Archer was the mayor of Detroit, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice and the first African-American president of the American Bar Association.
- Vilma Martinez is a partner at the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, has extensive history as a Latina civil rights activist and was president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund for nine years. Martinez specializes in employment discrimination and commercial matters at the federal and state levels. Martinez has been appointed by Lee Scott to serve as the Chair of the Panel.
- Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy joined the Army in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Rhodes College. During her career, she commanded a company, an intelligence battalion, a recruiting battalion and an intelligence brigade. As a general officer, she served as the senior intelligence officer for the U.S. Forces Command and Deputy Commanding General for the Army Intelligence Center and School. She completed her career serving as Deputy Chief of Staff Army Intelligence from 1997 to 2000, overseeing policies and operations for 45,000 people worldwide.
Designed to promote the professional development and retention of all associates, our Diversity Goals program is designed to promote the professional development and retention of all Associates, enhance external business relationships and increase active engagement in the communities in which we operate. The program evaluates the achievement of diversity goals while helping to guide our efforts to attract, hire and retain qualified Associates. The Diversity Goals program consists of:
- Placement Diversity Goals, which are tied to placing women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans and Pacific Islanders in parity with the qualified, interested and available applicant pool for field management positions. These goals are consistent with applicant pools in the expanded EEO-1 codes.
- Good Faith Efforts Diversity Goals, which are tied to managers participating in approved diversity events, as well as mentoring at least three Associates, including persons of diverse race, gender or background.
In 2006, many executives served as board members for a diverse group of community organizations, or participated as speakers for conferences, panel discussions and workshops. In fact, all managers, senior managers and officers with diversity goals were held accountable for their diversity efforts through annual performance evaluations and financial incentives. Specifically, all officers have a portion of their bonus awards tied to successful achievement of their diversity goals. In 2006, all but one officer met their goals.
Mentor Me Program
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s mentoring program encourages the exchange and transfer of diverse knowledge, experience, and perspectives among Associates to enhance their personal and professional development. The enhanced Mentor Me Program empowers Associates to take an active role in their development by providing resources, tools, and suggestions to drive effective mentorships.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. defines mentoring as a developmental process that enhances associate engagement and performance. Through the mentoring relationship, the mentor shares knowledge, information, experience, and perspective to assist the mentee’s efforts to reach higher performance levels.
As part of the formal diversity goals program, over 50,000 members of management and Officers have formal mentoring requirements. However, the Mentor Me Program is open to all Associates whether they have formal requirements or not. In 2006, over 212,000 Associates across the Company engaged in various mentoring relationships.
Continually recognized as a top employer by well-regarded diversity publications and organizations, the company still continues to strive for excellence in all of our business practices. Our effort to foster an environment where diversity is understood, valued, and incorporated at the core of our business, has earned us numerous awards and accolades.
This year, Diversity Inc. named Wal-Mart one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and Working Mother magazine identified us as a 2007 “Best Company for Multicultural Women.” In 2006, Black Enterprise magazine honored us as one of the “40 Best Companies for Diversity,” and Hispanic Magazine has called us one of the “Corporate 100 Best Places to Work for Latinos” for the last three years running. In addition, the American Bar Association recognized us with its 2007 “Spirit of Excellence Corporate Award” for promoting diversity in the legal profession, and for the last several years in Mexico we have received an award on Gender Equity from the National Women Institute. The award recognizes our numerous programs that support female recruitment and career development at Wal-Mart de Mexico.