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cultivation and full utilization of female staff and executives. At Walmart China, 99.9 percent of our associates are Chinese nationals. All our stores in China are managed by local Chinese. Additionally, more than 60 percent of Walmart China associates are female and about 40 percentof those are at management level. In 2009, the company established the “Walmart ChinaWomen’s Leadership Development Commission” for driving women’s career development.Following the Chinese government’s work priorities in the recent 12th Five Year Plan, we havecreated programs that support domestic consumption, boost rural economic development andcreate economic opportunities to raise employment, strengthen food safety systems and promotesustainability across our business.In spring 2011, vegetable farmers in many area of China, including Henan, Shanxi, Guangdong,Zhejiang and Liaoning, have suffered from unsellable vegetables. To answer the call of theMinistry of Commerce and local governments to help this situation, Walmart signed a proposal inBeijing to help farmers sell excess vegetables through our direct farm program. The company hasbeen purchasing vegetables and fruits from farmers and selling them at fair prices in its storesacross China, which has helped farmers through a period of difficulty and ensured that our customers can purchase safe and affordable produce.
At Walmart China, we are contributing to a harmonious society and community. Since 1996, wehave donated more than RMB 65 million in cash and in-kind support for community involvementand brought our expertise to assist in disaster relief. Walmart China associates have alsovolunteered more than 200,000 hours in their communities. Helping communities is what we doevery day. And when a crisis strikes, this becomes an even greater priority. Programs include:
In April, the third consecutive Walmart Earth Month campaign kicked off in five Chinese citieswith the theme of Planting Trees to Refresh the Communities. Walmart China stores carried outtree-planting activities along with local community volunteers, supplier representatives and localenvironmental protection organizations. Nearly 10,000 trees were planted. In addition, allWalmart China stores turned off one-third of in-store lights during non-peak hours, saving atotal of approximately 500,000 kws/hour.
On the eve of International Women’s Day 2012, Walmart announced Walmart Green Farmer, asustainable agriculture program co-founded with BSR. The program received a RMB 2.2 milliongrant from the Walmart Foundation. Walmart will invite experts in the field of sustainableagriculture, as well as agricultural suppliers, to go to farms and perform on-site training for farmers in areas such as water management, soil management, pesticide use, and fertilizer use. This project is designed to create a greener agricultural supply chain. Half of allbeneficiaries of this project are women.
In March, Walmart China made a second donation of RMB 1 million to the China Women’sDevelopment Foundation to continue funding the Revolving Fund on Poverty Alleviation for Mothers project.
In December 2011, Walmart China, in collaboration with Weibo.com of Sina, launched a charityevent on Weibo.com called @
Sending Warmth into Communities (http://weibo.com/wmcsr), insearch of 365 touching and respectful figures in our neighborhood and to present them withnew year’s gift packages. As of February, 2012 it has received great attention. During thisperiod, Walmart has launched nearly 300 micro charity activities in stores in more than 140cities nationwide and has sent more than 3,000 “warm” gift packages. In the future, @SendingWarmth into Communities will be upgraded into a micro charity platform of Walmart China,allowing the company to develop closer connections with and send warmth all around our communities.