The Smart Power Effect: Walmart

February 14, 2013 By Taylor Johnson


The Problem


More than a billion people worldwide live in poverty, and about 70 percent of those are women. While women produce over half of the world’s food supply, they earn only 10% of the world’s income.  Low wages and lack of opportunity deny women access to health care, education, and adequate resources to provide for their families.

The Solution

Walmart launched a global initiative to empower women in the countries where it works. Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative seeks to empower women through job training and education, support gender diversity among its major suppliers, and increase sourcing for the company from women-owned businesses. This project has provided women from Bangladesh to Brazil with the training and opportunity necessary to expand their careers and build better lives.

Learn more about a few of the women this initiative has reached.

About This Series

Each week, the USGLC profiles a member or partner doing innovative work advancing our economic security, national security, or American values. Together, these companies and organizations are strengthening American leadership around the world. Do you know of an organization making an impact? Let us know.