Last Updated:

10/25/20 8:50 AM

overall rating:

do better

Walmart

Internal Representation & Support
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63%

Public Commitment
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34%

External Communication
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62%

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To evaluate this pillar, we take into consideration a range of factors, including but not limited to:

- Employee representation

- Diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI)

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We weigh a company’s degree of public commitment primarily on their monetary contributions to DEI matters or organizations fighting racial injustice.

Forms of monetary support we look for:

One-off donations
Recurring donations
Grant initiatives
Employee donation matching

 

Highlights

We have not identified any notable highlights for this brand.

Lowlights

Walmart has been accused of exploiting its Black workers; the company has committed $100 million to an internal center for racial equity and yet fails to provide sick leave, living wages, or adequate health insurance for its employees. In addition, Walmart PAC for Responsible Government has been known to have donated to racist politicians. Before being called out, the company was selling "All Lives Matter" merchandise and was keeping multicultural hair products in locked cases.

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We scour the company’s website and official social media channels to determine what message they are sending around racial injustice, how they are communicating it, and whether their communications are perceived as genuine or performative.

Public statement: We verify that companies have made a formal statement regarding racial injustice.

Social media: We consider how a company uses their platform(s) beyond performative allyship.

Representation: For companies that have the opportunity to showcase diversity in their feed, we consider whether they have adequate Black representation and BIPOC representation across their models. 

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Deep Dive

I. Internal Representation & Support:

Board of Directors:

8% - 9% Black, 16% - 20% BIPOC, 26% - 30% Women

Executive Leadership:

0% (none) Black, 6% - 10% BIPOC, 36% - 40% Women

> 15% Black, > 40% BIPOC, > 50% Women

Workforce:

An appointed DEI senior leader and/or a dedicated DEI organization, A Black employee resource group

DEI Support:

II. Public Commitment

Walmart has little to no evidence of any monetary commitment publicly available.

III. External Communications

Walmart has issued a public statement, both on social media and in a public memo, addressing racial injustice The public statement acknowledged that they can be doing better to combat racial inequality within their company, included specific calls to action, and explicitly stated "Black Lives Matter." Since June 2020, 0.1% - 9% of the brand's social media content has been centered around racial injustice with most posts falling flat and appearing unhelpful. While the brand has made an effort to include ethnic diversity, specifically increasing Black representation, aside from a post for Pride, there is little to no evidence on social media of inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community (beyond posting for Pride), people living with disabilities, or a wide range of models with varying body types.
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