As our disaster relief efforts reflect, our philosophy of supporting programs that improve the quality of life in our communities has no geographic borders. From a Supercenter in China, to an ASDA store in the United Kingdom or a Mi Bodega Aurrera in Mexico, you will find the same commitment to giving back to local communities. In 2006, our international operations contributed more than $28.8 million to support local communities. Our international stores and Associates also helped raise an additional $16.2 million. Here are a few highlights of programs which have benefited from our efforts around the world:
Wal-Mart Argentina selected and funded 12 projects presented by young people within the framework of a campaign known as “1,000 Ideas for our Environment.” The winning initiatives focus on protection of trees, waste management and environmental impact awareness. Wal-Mart Argentina also provides food to public soup kitchens with Caritas Argentina.
Wal-Mart Brazil contributed over $1.5 million to programs focused on economic development, child care education and the support of local culture. Through the Digital Communication Program, professional education, including computer and life skills, are taught to young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who come from some of the poorest areas in the country.
Wal-Mart Canada’s third annual charity walk brought together more than 10,000 Canadians coast-to-coast in support of Children’s Miracle Network and children’s hospitals in Canada. Walkathons in eight urban centers, along with fundraising events held in Wal-Mart stores across Canada, raised $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network in 2006.
Wal-Mart China contributes to important environmental projects, such as financing the installation of solar panels for 322 households in the Panjiabang Village in Jiaxing Zhejiang Province in 2006.
Wal-Mart Costa Rica collects food in its stores for Mano a Mano, a disaster relief program and joint initiative with the National Committee of Emergencies. Once the food is collected, it is distributed through the distribution center to families and communities affected by natural disasters. In addition, Dulce Ayuda®/ Sweet Help supports countrywide health and education initiatives for children. In 2006, the program raised $310,000 to support the Fundacion Omar Dengo education project among other literacy programs.
Wal-Mart El Salvador donated $43,000 in 2007 to Fundacion Teleton Pro-Rehabilitacion (FUNTER), the foundation that rehabilitates disabled children. In 2006, the company received an award from the Ministry of Labor for hiring and promoting Associates with disabilities. This is particularly important in a country where civil war has left many with limited mobility.
Wal-Mart Guatemala donated 1,800 used Wal-Mart computers to underprivileged students at public schools throughout the country in a partnership with private foundation FUNSEPA and Seaboard Marine.
Wal-Mart Honduras donates products and money to the Population Development Association, an association that runs a shelter for women and children victims of interfamily violence. Because the shelter burned down, the 2006 donation was used to help the women maintain their small aromatic candle business.
Wal-Mart Japan (Seiyu) The Seiyu Hummingbird Campaign encourages everyone to do whatever they can do, no matter how small, to make a positive impact on global warming. In June, Seiyu launched an initiative at all 393 Seiyu stores to encourage customers to use a “bag for life,” or “My Bag,” to reduce the use of plastic bags.
Wal-Mart Mexico’s 25,605 Associates volunteered a total of 290,000 hours of their time to assist more than 1.9 million people though programs focused on child nutrition, burn prevention, beautifying parks and planting trees, maintenance of schools, old age homes, orphanages and hospitals. Wal-Mart Mexico also supports sustainable nutrition by financing the establishment of backyard farms and vegetable gardens to 850 households.
Wal-Mart Nicaragua supports Tierra Fértil, where we teach small farmers how to use more effective agricultural techniques. We show them how to better manage pesticides and seeds, and how to improve quality and safety standards. In turn, it enables us to buy directly from these small family farms – bringing them a stable source of income.
Wal-Mart Puerto Rico contributed over $823,000 to support more than 75 local, non-profit organizations throughout the island including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Museo de Arte de Ponce, American Red Cross and the United Way.
ASDA in the United Kingdom raised £4.2 million, or $7,396,200 for Tickled Pink, a campaign for breast cancer care in the United Kingdom, by selling pink products, badges and George clothing, as well as stores holding their own unique fundraising campaigns.
India: Wal-Mart announced a grant in August of 2007 of $1.2 million to be given over a three-year period to the HOPE Foundation. The foundation will use these funds to set up Industrial Centers of Hope in five underserved communities in and around the areas where factories of Wal-Mart suppliers are located in India.