How Walmart Recovers Stronger

Impact Employer Walmart offers bridge employment to 235,000 workers, while simultaneously catalyzing innovative workplace safety and security solutions.

Published aug. 11, 2020


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Walmart, the largest private employer in the US with 1.5 million associates and more than 4,700 stores, is dedicated to helping its communities build back stronger coming out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Due to their status as an essential service provider, Walmart stores remained open during this crisis. This created a need to quickly implement new safety measures for associates and customers. From using thermal scanning in distribution centers, to installing social distancing signage, and increasing the frequency of sanitation procedures, Walmart committed to creating a safe work environment for its employees. Walmart also provided its associates added stability through an enhanced PTO policy and additional bonuses.

As 42 million Americans found themselves out of work, Walmart worked with industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to offer 235,000 workers bridge employment in three months. Walmart understands the critical nature of this moment and how important it is that we Recover Stronger by placing people and community at the center of any solution.

Most recently, Walmart has committed to invest almost $1 billion in U.S. associate bonuses and announced the expansion of Live Better U education benefits to include in-demand skilled trade and digital skills programs, beyond their traditional college programs. Part and full-time Walmart and Sam’s Club associates will now be eligible to enroll in LiveBetter U starting on their first day of employment.

We are very proud to be a member of the founding coalition for Recover Stronger. Even before today’s economic crisis, Walmart’s response to an economy going through a technology-fueled transformation has been focused on investing in associates. The current economic crisis has only added urgency to the need for practical training and education opportunities for Americans, especially those who do not fit the historic profile of a full-time student.

Drew Holler, Senior Vice President, Associate Experience and Operations HR, Walmart U.S.

Recover Stronger mobilizes Impact Employers to create a more equitable economic recovery by prioritizing the well-being and advancement of the people who make their companies run. Its focus is on those who have faced the greatest challenges in the COVID-19 crisis, particularly frontline workers, people of color, and low-income people.