OUR ASSOCIATES NOT ONLY HELP TO PROVIDE AN ENHANCED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS, THEY ALSO OFFER THEIR TIME AS VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE THE COMPANY A VALUABLE NEIGHBOR.
In order to be a part of the communities where we operate, we conducted 2,465 volunteer activities with 113,411 participants, benefiting thousands of people in communities throughout Mexico and Central America. This year, each business format held tailor-made activities with the purpose of having each format support a specific cause.
With the experience of our top management, we have been able to create the Specialized Volunteerism Program, whereby our top executives share their expertise so as to develop small suppliers through personalized mentoring, and/or by helping to select projects to be financed. This year we had 18% participation by our top leaders in Mexico.
As motivation and recognition for the involvement of our volunteers, during our Company’s annual meeting we recognize the top associate volunteer, the format, and distribution center of the year who are examples of service to the community and who are examples of our Walmart Culture.