“We think of ourselves as social change strategists,” explained Gayatri Agnew, Director of Career Opportunity at the Walmart Foundation, distinguishing the aspirations for her role from those typically expected of corporate foundation program officers or grants administrators.
Poland – 4,630 miles away – is an unexpected place for a U.S. manufacturing success story to begin. But in the small city of Wieluń is where the story of Korona Candles started in 1992.
Today, a new chapter is being written in Dublin, Virginia, at the company’s first production facility in the States.
Back in Poland, the company started the manual production of candles with a team of about 20 workers and several basic machines. It was very labor intensive, Agnieszka Fafara, the company’s president and CEO, explained.
The chief executive officer of Exxel Outdoors swam against the tide of manufacturers moving their businesses overseas – a calculated risk that has led to continued success over the last 17 years at a sleeping bag factory in rural Alabama.
Along the shore of New York’s Upper Bay, the buildings of Industry City stand in a huddle that overlooks the Brooklyn Waterfront.
On the fifth floor, M Factory buzzes with the busy energy of an eyewear manufacturer.
This type of space is rare to see in the U.S., for a very specific reason: Most eyewear manufacturing is done in Italy or China, and always has been. This is also one of the reasons why what M Factory is doing in Brooklyn is so exciting: Crafting quality, affordable eyewear is not something typically done in the United States.
In addition to enhancing the sustainability of our retail operations, we work with others to help address environmental and social issues in our product supply chains. In fact, research by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) “shows that, with most products, the most significant environmental and social hotspots exist largely upstream from the manufacturer in their supply chain or downstream from consumer use and product disposal.” We aspire to enhance product supply chain sustainability in collaboration with suppliers, NGOs, customers and others.
Across the thousands of communities Walmart is privileged to operate in, we see firsthand the importance of business as a source of jobs and tax revenue. As a major retailer, Walmart can help strengthen farmers, manufacturers and small businesses around the world through our sourcing and other initiatives. For example, we can advance local manufacturing, empower women entrepreneurs and improve local agricultural production by working with others to support technological innovation, access to capital and access to markets.
Whole-system change. Working with others, we aspire to reshape whole systems to achieve significant and lasting improvement in social, environmental and economic outcomes. For example, enhancing environmental sustainability in retail supply chains means addressing their social and economic dimensions, too. We have placed, and will continue to place, increasing emphasis on social issues such as empowering women and promoting worker safety and dignity.
Over the past 30 years, global prosperity has increased by many measures.
Over the past 30 years, global prosperity has increased by many measures. Life expectancy, school enrollment and access to drinking water are up and technology has opened new doors for billions of people. Yet at the same time this progress occurs, growing population, globalization and technological disruption have created new social and environmental challenges. Inequality is increasing in many countries, while water supply, forests, air quality, biodiversity and our climate are under unprecedented pressure.
Company announces more than 170,000 veteran hires since 2013 and grants $100,000 to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 23, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Today, Walmart announced expansions to its military leave of absence policy, offering differential pay to all eligible military associates taking on assignments lasting more than three days and through the duration of leave – including basic training. Walmart has offered differential pay since 2008.
Walmart’s first quarter 2017 earnings report was gratifying. A focus on a few key fundamentals such as associate merchandise training, quality products, internet retailing, and giving back to those in need underpinned the better than expected results.