At Wal-Mart, we believe that the true strength of diversity is unleashed when each associate is encouraged to reach her or his full potential. Diversity then becomes the foundation for an inclusive, sustainable business that embraces and respects differences, develops our associates, serves our customers, partners with our communities and builds upon an inclusive supplier base.
In 2008, we took several steps to continue to build a diverse and inclusive workforce. In the U.S., 100 percent of our officers and 99 percent of more than 50,000 members of management have achieved their diversity goal objectives. Internationally, we are committed to diversity in every market. We are well positioned for the future in this area and have developed several programs, including our Mentor Me initiative, that will build on our progress.