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14 Sep 2011

Stephanie Clifford & Stephanie Strom, New York Times [USA]

Wal-Mart to Announce Women-Friendly Plans [USA]

Wal-Mart planned to announce…new programs aimed at helping women-owned businesses and women workers, as the company continues to deal with the possibility of individual claims of sex discrimination after the Supreme Court threw out a class-action suit by women workers…Wal-Mart said it planned to source a total of $20 billion in products from women-owned businesses in the United States over the next five years…and to double what it buys from women-owned businesses globally by 2016. The company said it would also support training of women in factories and farms that are Wal-Mart suppliers, donate $100 million to causes supporting women’s economic development, and ask its vendors and ad agencies or public relations firms to increase gender and minority representation on their Wal-Mart accounts.

Part of the following timelines

USA: Wal-Mart to announce programmes aimed at helping women-owned businesses & female workers

Walmart lawsuit (re gender discrimination in USA)