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06/10/2021

Walmart commits US$20 million to advance race equity in Canada

Over the next five years, the retailer and its charitable organization are working on creating a diverse and inclusive workplace
Black Walmart employee wearing a black Raptors face mask and working in the warehouse

Who: The Walmart Foundation and Walmart Canada

What: The big-box retailer and its charitable organization have committed US$20 million over five years to advance equity for Black and Indigenous Canadians through food security and economic opportunity.

Walmart Canada is increasing its support of not-for-profit organizations focused on creating opportunities for development and employment in the Black and Indigenous community, including donating to the Black Opportunity Fund, joining the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), and establishing a new partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion.

"We want to do nothing short of creating the most diverse and inclusive organization in Canada. We need to do more to advocate and drive systemic change to build more inclusive communities across Canada," said Nabeela Ixtabalan, executive vice-president people and corporate affairs, Walmart Canada, in a press release. "We will use our size and scale to make an impact towards a more just and equitable society across Canada."