Walmart’s Global Responsibility
Today, more and more companies are recognizing that they have a responsibility to make the world a better place. At Walmart, we are committed to not only doing our part, but also leading the way. Renewable energy now provides nearly a quarter of Walmart’s electricity globally, and last year, the EPA confirmed we are the largest on-site green power generator in the US.
We are also increasing training, market access and career opportunities for nearly a million women world-wide. We have a partnership with a non-profit organization called Feeding America, through which we have donated 1 billion meals. Plus, we have committed to provide a job to any honorably discharged US veteran within the first year off active duty.
Watch the brief video above for highlights of our global responsibility report and download the complete 2013 Global Responsibility report for more.
Today, more and more companies are recognizing that they have a responsibility to contribute toward a greater good, to make the world a better place. At Walmart, we have a responsibility to lead the way. We're committed to doing our part to give our customers better options, better lives and our associates take pride in knowing they are helping to make a real difference in the world. That's a big part of the Walmart mission and the Walmart culture.
Let's take a closer look at some of the things we're doing. Renewable energy now provides nearly a quarter of Walmart's electricity globally and last year, the EPA confirmed we are the largest onsite green power generator in the U.S. Since 2007, we have completed more than 280 solar projects. Our ultimate goal? To have 100% of our energy supplied by renewable resources.
We are increasing training, market access and career opportunities for nearly one million women worldwide. Those women will, in turn, hire and mentor other women and create better communities around them. We're creating opportunities within our own company, too. Nearly three out of every ten corporate officers are women, nearly twice the Fortune 500 average. And as we move forward, we have pledged to double what we buy from women owned businesses.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2011, more than 50 million Americans struggled with hunger; 16 million of them were children. That's why we partner with a nonprofit organization called Feeding America. Last year, Walmart and the Walmart foundation became the first Feeding America partner to donate one billion meals to fight hunger and feed families throughout the U.S. That's more than 31,000 semis full of food.
We also salute the young men and women who serve our country in the military. Beginning Memorial Day, 2013, we will offer a job to any honorably discharged U.S. veteran within his or her first year off active duty. As part of this program, we expect to hire more than 100,000 military vets over the next five years.
And finally, in 2012, the Walmart foundation became the first retailer to give away one billion dollars in cash and in-kind donations in a single year. These contributions go towards supporting organizations that positively impact local communities all over the world.
Yes, we are proud of what we've accomplished but we know that being a leader in sustainability and responsibility is a journey. And as that journey continues, we look forward to even better results in the future.