By Ben Hasan, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Submitted by Walmart
As I reflect on the past year, like so many of you, I feel the tremendous weight of an unthinkable set of challenges. Very traumatic and public displays of racial injustice, against the backdrop of a global pandemic that was disproportionately impacting people of color, forced our nation to look directly into the face of the social systems that create inequity in a way many of us never had before.
Today, we’re releasing our 2020 Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report. The report details our progress to create greater racial equity across society and in our company. While the work is multifaceted and extends across our company and into the community, there are certain themes that shine through: representation matters, education is the foundation of progress, and we’re investing in change.
Representation matters: We are steadfast in our focus on increasing diversity and equity in the workplace.
Education is the foundation of progress: We believe education is power, and we’re investing in programs to equip our associates with the training, tools and resources they need.
We’re investing in change: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation strive to create more equitable opportunities through giving.
Some of these highlights weren’t on our radar when 2020 began, but they’ve quickly become integral parts of our story and plans moving forward. You can learn more and read the full report here. Walmart’s commitment to culture, diversity, equity and inclusion matters, and we’ll continue on our journey to build a better Walmart for everyone.
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