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Save money. Live better. These are the words we live by at Walmart. Our “Every Day Low Cost” strategy helps people save money, stretch their paychecks, and provide a better life for their families. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our nearly 11,000 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 net sales of $482.2 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.
But the work we do to help people live better goes far beyond our store walls. It extends into our communities and around the world and affects the lives of people we will never meet.
We believe we have an opportunity and a responsibility to make a difference on the big issues that matter to us all. Issues like preserving the environment, fighting hunger, empowering women and providing access to healthy, affordable food. Walmart is driving meaningful change in a way that no other company can. And we’re committed to using our size and scale to help the world live better.
Sam Walton created Walmart to bring affordable household products to people in small towns. He put the customer first, building a strong company with dedicated associates and deeply rooted values of service, excellence, integrity and respect for the individual.
More than 50 years later, customers in 27 countries around the world trust Walmart to bring them food, apparel, household goods and other general merchandise at everyday low prices through stores and e-commerce – anytime, anywhere.
Along the way, Walmart has grown into the world’s largest company. We have more than 11,000 retail locations, employing more than 2 million associates and thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people.
Because of our heritage, we seek to use our scale and capabilities to help others – not only customers and other Walmart stakeholders, but also society at large. We accomplish this by:
Creating economic opportunity for our associates, suppliers and people who work in retail and retail supply chains beyond Walmart
Enhancing the sustainability of our operations and product supply chains for people and the planet
Building strong communities where we operate
Read more about our work in these focus areas in 2015 Global Responsibility Report.
Official Walmart Statement (Feb. 28, 2018):
In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change. In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15. We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers. Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied. We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given. We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.
While we continue to assess our merchandising practices and policies, allow me to note that we have led the way in selling firearms in a responsible way. Attached are the most recent fact points:
- We require a passing background check before we sell a firearm. Period.
- We do not sell AR-15s or similar rifles. We stopped in 2015.
- We do not sell bump stocks or other AR-15 accessories. These are also prohibited items for online marketplace sellers.
- We do not sell high capacity magazines for AR-15s.
- We do not sell handguns in our stores. (Note: some Alaska stores allow for special orders)
- We have developed software which helps detect and deny straw purchases. We have made this available for free to other retailers who would like to use it.
At Walmart we have hired more than 100,000 veterans in the past two years, and thousands of those men and women have already been promoted. Now we are moving taking this effort to the next level, and as a leader in your community we want you to be aware of how we can all work together to further this cause.
Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish national support for veterans. When veterans return home from service, the invisibility they sometimes face as they transition to civilian life can make them feel more camouflaged than ever. This campaign gives Americans a way to express support for veterans.
Greenlight A Vet will invite Americans to change one light bulb in their home to green as a symbol of support for veterans. As a nation, we strive to keep the green lights glowing as a continued sign of our appreciation for veterans.
We hope that the green light of support inside and outside of American homes will spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities. In recent days you may have seen our television commercials reminding everyone why this grassroots effort is so important. Watch the commercial.
What we need from you is relatively simple. Please tell your friends and family and neighbors about this effort. Ask them to hire a veteran, or help a veteran with a resume, or urge community groups to help you raise awareness of these issues. Or ask your community leaders to display green lights on highly visible buildings. For more thoughts on what you can do, please click here.
Thank you in advance for whatever you can do to help us work together to help veterans who have done so much for our great country. Please e mail email@example.com if you would like to discuss how we can raise awareness of veterans issues in your community.
In the next few days, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will make a major commitment to global disaster relief and resiliency work. You can click here on Friday morning to see more about this announcement. This anniversary is not just a moment to think about the past, but a time to ask how we will be better prepared for any disasters in the future. In fact one federal study says that every $1 spent on preparedness saves $4 on relief efforts.
In New Orleans on Friday afternoon, Walmart will convene some of the leading voices in disaster relief with people who were there helping communities during Katrina. Our CEO Doug McMillon will lead this important discussion about preparedness and the future of disaster relief. You can click here at 2:00 p.m. CST to watch.
Over the next week as the nation pauses to remember Hurricane Katrina, mourn the victims, and honor all those who provided help, I invite you to join us in also reflecting on what we have all learned about disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation since then. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will continue to collaborate with communities and our many partners to help strengthen resilience.
I hope you can join us online for the Friday afternoon webcast and I hope you will join us in thinking more about how the private and public sectors can work together to make any state, or any community, better prepared for the unexpected.
Vice President, Walmart Public Affairs and Government Relations