Walmart China is committed to operating responsibly, and creating shared value for our customers, associates, suppliers, and communities through our social and environmental sustainability efforts.
As part of our efforts to serve local communities, since entering China, Walmart has donated approximately 160 million RMB worth of funds and goods to philanthropy programs, Walmart China associates have devoted 240,000 voluntary hours.
Walmart continues to focus on people and the planet, and make sustainability efforts aiming to source responsibly, sell sustainable products, reduce waste and emissions, and protect and restore nature.
Walmart China's efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability are widely recognized in China. Some of our most recent awards and honors are:
Annual Industry Case of the "Sustainable China Industrial Development Action" at the APEC China CEO Forum 2022
“Outstanding Contribution to Poverty Alleviation” recognized by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
Recognized as “2021 Charitable Enterprise” by One Foundation
Named “Rural Revitalization Pioneer Enterprise” at the 2021 Responsible China Annual Ceremony hosted by Southern Metropolis Daily
Recognized as “Advanced Performer in Decarbonization” as part of the “2021 Sustainable Business Awards” of the European Chamber of Commerce in China
Among Top 45 of “2016 to 2020 Excellent Cases of Poverty Alleviation by Foreign-Owned Enterprises” by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, and School of Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Made the Green List of Chain Enterprises of China Chain Store and Franchises Association
“Award for Outstanding Contribution to Pandemic Prevention and Control” presented by New Weekly
The “Poverty Alleviation Action” Member Certificate presented by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment
“Responsible Brand of the Year” in the 9th China Charity Festival
“Outstanding Partner for Poverty Alleviation” award from One Foundation
“Annual CSR Leadership Award” by the American Chamber of Commerce
“Top 100 Corporates in Philanthropy” ranking by Jiemian News
Enterprise for Special Tribute in 30 Years of Charity for Women and Promotion of Reform and Opening-up from the China Women's Development Foundation
"Outstanding Contribution Award" from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
"Annual Responsibility Case Award" from New Weekly
"Outstanding Public Service Medal of 2017" at the 3rd China Enterprise Public Service Medal Summit hosted by the China Enterprise Public Service Development Organization Committe
"Outstanding Public Service Medal of the Year" from Beijing Youth Daily and other leading charity organizations
Walmart China continues to pay attention to the sustainable development of local communities. We currently focus on efforts advancing children’s nutrition and health, women’s economic empowerment, and emergency disaster relief. We also encourage associates to actively volunteer and give back to the community. Walmart China’s most important community support work includes the following.
Children’s Nutritious Meals Program
Since 2011, Walmart China has financially supported the “Children’s Nutritious Meals Program” of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), which has been renamed “China Foundation for Rural Development”. In 2015, the program was upgraded to a public fundraising campaign that has worked with customers, suppliers and associates to improve the nutrition of elementary school children in underdeveloped areas.
As of 2022, Walmart China had supported the project with over 17 million RMB accumulated through corporate donations and fundraising activities. The program had benefitted about 51,000 children in underdeveloped areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, and Chongqing. It had provided 3.39 million portions of nutritious meals, equipped 81 schools with advanced kitchen facilities, and carried out nutrition knowledge education.
Raise Her Business Plan
In 2010, Walmart China began to cooperate with China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to set up the “Walmart Women’s Development Program” (the former “Walmart Women’s Development Fund”), supporting CWDF’s “Revolving Loans for Mothers Project”. The Project runs in the mode of “microloans and circulated funds”, aiming to help women in difficulties become employed or re-employed, or work as small business entrepreneurs.
In 2015, to adapt to the development of the Internet and digital economy, CWDF upgraded the “Revolving Loans for Mothers Project” to "Raise Her Business Plan". The project has incorporated the Internet mindset and has integrated the strengths of multiple parties for crossover cooperation and management innovations. Under “Raise Her Business Plan”, Walmart China continues to empower rural women through supporting the “Revolving Loans for Mothers Project”, women empowerment training,and a women entrepreneurship and employment service platform.
As of 2022, Walmart China had supported the “Revolving Loans for Mothers Project” with a total of RMB 17.64 million in revolving loans. The project had been implemented in 12 provinces, regions and cities, including Shaanxi, Hebei and Hunan, and has benefitted more than 17,300 rural women. In terms of women empowerment training, Walmart China and CWDF jointly launched the “Produce from Her Village”Training Project in 2022. The project, focused on live-streaming e-commerce, offered training on agricultural product development and live-streaming to 400 rural female entrepreneurs in Hunan, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. These efforts helped rural women develop an omnichannel retail mindset, trained female entrepreneurs and built a healthy ecosystem supporting rural entrepreneurship and employment.
Walmart China Women & Inclusion Leadership Committee (WIL)
Diversity and inclusion have been one of Walmart’s core values. Walmart China established the “Walmart China Women & Inclusion Leadership Committee (WIL)”, which aims to encourage, cultivate, and develop women’s leadership, promote gender equality, and create better development opportunities for more women. The sponsors of WIL are led by the CEO of Walmart China and composed of a number of executives including both women and men, who have provided strong support to the work of WIL.
Over the years, WIL has been regularly organizing activities to provide training and communication opportunities for female associates, helping them broaden horizons, carry out capacity building, expand professional and social networks, and participate in the company’s business plan-making processes. Both women and the men who support women’s career development are involved.
Big Dream Achiever Project
In 2019, Walmart China and One Foundation launched the “Wal-Love Afternoon Tea” volunteering project, providing mentally challenged youth with practical work experience, and, along with their family, helping them integrate into society. Walmart China recruited associate volunteers to accompany, guide and encourage these participants. In 2020, the project was renamed “Big Dream Achiever”, and was upgraded from a half day work experience activity into a one-week work experience program at Walmart stores. The enhanced program provides mentally challenged youth with hands-on experience in various positions in store operations, benefiting their future employment.
Store-Level Voluntary Service
In addition to the voluntary service activities organized at the corporate level, Walmart China has leveraged its nationwide network and large workforce to actively participate in community development, and Walmart China outlets across the country have been proactively organizing various volunteer activities to serve local communities.
Since Walmart entered China in 1996, we have been actively involved in disaster relief, provided assistance and funding timely to support the reconstruction and development of disaster areas, for example, Sichuan Wenchuan earthquake, Qinghai earthquake, Sichuan Ya’an earthquake, and Covid-19 epidemic. Our actions in the past three years include:
In July 2021, Walmart China urgently coordinated the transfer of emergency supplies valued at "more than RMB 2 million" from Tianjin to Zhengzhou. Daily necessities including rice, flour, grains, oil and water, and anti-bacterial products including hand sanitizers and disinfectants were donated to local residents affected by the heavy rainstorm in Henan through the help of China Women’s Development Foundation, One Foundation and the subdistrict offices of Zhongyuan District in Zhengzhou City.
In March 2020, in response to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, Walmart and Walmart Foundation committed more than $1.5 million USD (approx. 10.44 million RMB) to support relief efforts in China.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 surges, Walmart China has been committed to community service and undertaken the responsibility as a retailer to provide timely essential supplies to residents in local communities. In addition, Walmart China, focused on caring for others, introduced innovative services including designated shopping time for elderly and customers with physical disabilities. Walmart China also provided supplies for the visually impaired and families with sick children.
In June 2019, Walmart China donated 500,000 RMB to provide daily necessities like rice, flour and oil through One Foundation, to support disaster relief for Sichuan earthquake and floods in South China.
In August 2017, Walmart China donated daily necessities worth of 500,000 RMB to support people impacted by the earthquake in Sichuan through the Sichuan Province Poverty Alleviation Foundation.
2016 summer, 26 provinces and thousands of counties were severely hit by storm and flood in China. Walmart has been highly involved in disaster relief. In June, Walmart prepared 300 sets of emergency life-kits to Jiangsu Yancheng within 24 hours which was hit by tornado; in July, Walmart quickly responded with 4.7 million RMB worth of disaster relief supplies; in August, Walmart Foundation donated 2 million RMB to One Foundation for disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction for flood stricken areas.
In May 2016, on the 8th “National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Day”, Walmart donated 7.8 million RMB worth of disaster preparation supplies to CFPA, including shoes, clothes, etc., to enrich the reservation of disaster preparation supplies of the foundation to support in-time emergency disaster relief.
Since 2005, Walmart has integrated sustainability into its corporate development strategy. In 2020, Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart Inc., announced that Walmart had set itself on a path toward becoming a regenerative company. Walmart was to double down on addressing the growing climate crisis by targeting zero emissions across the company’s global operations by 2040. Walmart and Walmart Foundation committed to help protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030 to help combat the cascading loss of nature threatening the planet.
In China, Walmart is committed to integrating sustainability into all aspects of our operations and supply chain, and encouraging consumers to shop in an environmentally friendly way.
In China, Walmart sets green operations objectives into all parts of management. Walmart hypermarket stores and Sam’s Clubs across China save energy and reduce emissions in six aspects.
1. Digitalized and Intelligent Management
Stores are equipped with intelligent tools to monitor and control energy use, leading to energy savings. Stores have undergone range hood frequency conversion retrofit, and upgraded lighting control systems and the adjustment capacity of automatically controlled air conditioning systems.
2. Energy Saving Improvements
Walmart uses effective and low-energy equipment and products, including upgraded refrigeration systems, R448A environmentally friendly refrigerants, enhanced magnetic levitation water chillers, and improved LED high bay lights to enhance energy efficiency.
3. Clean Energy
Walmart continues to use solar photovoltaic power generation and clean energy to support green energy development.
Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Rooftop solar photovoltaic systems have been implemented in Shanghai Pudong Sam’s Club, Walmart Shanghai Nanpu Bridge Store, Dalian Xianglujiao Sam’s Club, and the distribution center in Pingshan, Shenzhen. As of June 2022, the systems had generated3.8 million kilowatt hours, reducing over 3,780 tons of carbon emissions.
4. Low Carbon Energy Savings in Day-to-Day Operations
Every year, Walmart runs training and awareness campaign on energy saving, encouraging associates to appropriately use and save energy.
5. Enhancing Store Waste Conversion
Walmart continues to recycle waste including cardboard boxes, stretch film, hard plastic in large quantities.
6. Reducing Waste
Surplus Food Donations
In July 2021, All Walmart hypermarkets and Sam’s Club launched “surplus food donations” to serve the community, reduce food waste, and reduce potential carbon emissions resulting from food destruction.
In 2022, Walmart China expanded its collaboration with Shanghai Oasis Public Service Development Center to build a recurring food donation network across China. Walmart China took the lead in exploring a standardized, operable and replicable model of surplus food donations by a hypermarket or supermarket retailer. “Walmart China’s Community Food Bank” will gradually branch out to all outlets in China, becoming a forerunner in the retail industry to build a nationwide surplus food donations network.
In addition, Walmart China announced its strategic partnership with China Chain Store and Franchise Association in the “Surplus Food Donation Pioneering Program”. The collaboration aims to promote food reduction by the retail industry, and contributes to constructive solutions for surplus food donations by retail chain stores and franchises in China.
In 2017, Walmart Inc. announced the launch of “Project Gigaton”, aiming to reduce or avoid one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the global value chain by 2030. The goal for the China value chain was reducing 50 million metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2030. The project, through incentives, encourages suppliers to reduce emissions across six areas critical to reaching zero emissions, and guides suppliers to formulate and implement their own emission reduction measures. To date, more than 5,200 suppliers worldwide have participated in the project, reducing more than 750 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
6 Pillars for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We sincerely invite our suppliers to participate in “Project Gigaton” to build a greener supply chain with us.
How to Participate
1. Create a Sustainability Portal account and sign up for “Project Gigaton”.
Visit Walmart Sustainability Hub, and sign in using your Retail Link account to join.
2. Set your SMART emission reduction goals.
Work within your organization to set an emissions reduction goal; all goals should be SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Limited.
3. Report your impact each year through the annual survey questions and get recognition for your progress.
Report your progress through“Emissions Calculators” each reporting season (approximately September to November).
4. Official Recognition by Walmart
Companies achieving the following recognition status are recognized on a webpage by Walmart to demonstrate their emission reduction achievements.
ü Giga Guru
ü Sparking Change
In 2023, Walmart announced that we were raising the bar for Giga Guru and asking suppliers to share carbon footprint in Project Gigaton in September. We are here to help and are excited to share three new tailor-made learning opportunities on Carbon Footprint Calculation to help you identify where to start or how to accelerate your climate journey.
Scale up Sustainable Merchandising
Sam’s Club supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP). In 2017, Sam’s Club was the first retailer piloting MSC certified sustainable seafood traceability system in China. In 2018, Sam’s Club launched its sustainable seafood strategy. In 2019, Sam’s Club extended the focus from seafood to the impact thatplastic makes on the ocean, and continued to expand the merchandise representation of sustainable seafood. As of May 2022, approximately 70% of frozen seafood products under Sam’s Club private brand “Member’s Mark” were MSC、BAP and ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certified.