The nation’s largest retailer is also the largest private employer of women in the United States.
Women make up 53% of Walmart’s global workforce of more than 2 million associates. The company’s U.S. officers (levels VP to president) are more than 36% female as is its global officer representation — up more than 5% from two years ago, according to Walmart’s 2022 Mid-Year CDEI report.
“We are focused on the growth of our associates, and this includes a concerted effort to continue to ensure our female associates are growing in their careers by providing a path of opportunity and advancement,” Donna Morris, executive VP, chief people officer, Walmart Inc., wrote in a blog post in recognition of Women’s History Month.
Sixty-percent of the U.S. graduates of — and those enrolled in —the company’s Live Better U education program are women, Morris noted. And in Canada, Walmart’s Women in Retail program has helped store manager representation, she added.
“From our stores and clubs, to our DCs and the driver’s seat of our trucks, women have opportunities to expand their skills and grow in other areas of the business,” said Morris. “In fact, Women in Trucking [a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women] recently recognized us as a “Top Company for Women to Work for in Transportation” in 2022.
Walmart is also introducing new family-building benefits in the U.S. in partnership with Kindbody, and expanding adoption and surrogacy benefits to include financial support of up to $20,000 for related expenses.
Additionally, in an effort to improve maternal and infant health in underserved communities, the company now offers Doula services in Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana and Illinois.
“We recognize family support extends to aging family members, and we continue to bolster our emotional, physical and financial well-being benefits,” Morris said.
For more on Walmart’s 2022 Mid-Year CDEI report, click here.