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Business and Society: Lessons Learned from Walmart’s Corporate Social Responsibility Journey

Speaker: Beth Keck, Senior Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart Stores, Inc.

With more than $470 billion in revenue, Walmart has an opportunity to use its scale for social good. Beth Keck, Senior Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment, discussed key turning points in Walmart’s corporate social responsibility journey during the past decade; how the company has developed sustainability and women’s economic empowerment strategies and commitments commiserate with its size, and the role of partnerships with government, NGOs, academics and others in achieving results. Beth leads strategy and oversees implementation of Walmart’s commitment to train one million women in retail and factories, on farms, and in the US workforce. Through its global Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative, Walmart has set goals and invested more than $75 million in philanthropic giving to help change the lives of women around the world.

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