BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, the Walmart Foundation has committed $565,000 (10 million pesos) to help organizations providing immediate recovery and relief. This commitment builds upon to the $2.2 million (40 million pesos) commitment of cash and 300 tons of product donations made by Walmart de México y Centroamérica to assist those in need.
“Our thoughts are with the people of Mexico City in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. “We hope our support will help further the immediate response and relief efforts, and stand as a gesture of solidarity with our fellow associates, customers and friends in Mexico as they continue to recover.”
In addition to the commitment by the Walmart Foundation, Walmart Mexico is working closely with organizations immediately responding, while coordinating efforts with elected officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected. Walmart Mexico is supporting these organizations in addressing immediate needs in the community and will continue to monitor in the coming days to provide additional assistance.
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. Since 2005, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.4 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.