The Walmart Foundation and Walmart Canada are investing $20 million over five years to advance equity for Black and Indigenous Canadians through food security and economic opportunity. The initiative is part of Walmart’s efforts to address the drivers of systemic racism and to accelerate change.
"We're stronger as a company and a country when everyone is included and empowered. At Walmart Canada, diversity, equity and inclusion is not just an initiative, it's part of our DNA," says Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO, Walmart Canada. "These new partnerships and investments will make a difference in many marginalized communities across Canada. We have a responsibility to make a difference and make a meaningful, lasting difference in racial justice across Canada."
The company has three initiative networks: education and employment, health and well-being and supplier diversity procurement, as part of its larger Live Better strategy.
Walmart Canada has also collaborated with many new not-for-profit organizations focused on development and employment for Black and Indigenous communities. These include the Black North Initiative, to eliminate anti-Black systemic barriers, signing the Federal Government’s 50:30 challenge, to increase representation in the workplace, donating to several organizations and sponsoring Indigenous Works.
Walmart has also joined the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR) and established a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion.