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CityWire has a piece about Walmart's recent global sustainability update, in which the retailer looked to update some of the programs and initiatives in which it is engaged:

• "Wal-Mart’s efforts to source $250 billion in products supporting U.S. jobs over 10 years has been a high-profile initiative. The retailer said it is on target to reach its commitment by 2023. From light bulbs, to towels, patio furniture to toys, Wal-Mart said suppliers are expanding manufacturing and assembly in the U.S."

The story goes on to say that "Wal-Mart’s decade-long commitment of $250 billion is expected to create one million U.S. jobs in manufacturing and related services, according to the Boston Consulting Group. Two years into the commitment the job creation numbers are behind the 100,000 annual average needed. Wal-Mart has not given a total tally of jobs created from its supplier commitments. However, the individual reports given thus far tally less than 10,000 jobs  created."

• "Since Memorial Day 2013, Wal-Mart said it has hired more than 77,000 veterans. Also, through a $20 million philanthropic investment, Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation are working with private and public sector organizations to support veteran reintegration."

(In 2013, the story notes, "then CEO Bill Simon, announced a commitment to offer a job to any eligibly discharged veterans within their first year post active duty.")

• "A big part of Wal-Mart’s efforts to empower women is to bring on more of them as suppliers. Since 2011, Wal-Mart said it has sourced $11.24 billion in products from women-owned businesses, including $4.16 billion in the most recent fiscal year ... In 2011, Wal-Mart committed to source $20 billion from women-owned businesses by the end of 2015. The retailer said it’s $775 million ahead of its goal to date."
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