Interview With Sharon Orlopp, Walmart’s Global Chief Diversity Officer & Highlights from Shareholders Meeting

Actor and rapper Will Smith served as emcee of the Walmart shareholder’s meeting.

The Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys were two of several top musical acts that performed at the shareholders’ meeting.

Walmart's annual shareholders’ meeting brings together Walmart managers and employees from across the globe. Pictured here are employees from Japan.

Sharon Orlopp, Global Chief Diversity Officer of Walmart

1. Why is diversity an imperative for Walmart and how do you define diversity?

Considering the changing demographics here in the U.S. and with our continued growth in international markets, being diverse and inclusive in today’s global economy is more than a concept and a good practice – it’s a central component of our long-term business success. That is why our diversity and inclusion purpose supports our company’s effort to sustain business growth, not only for tomorrow, but in the coming decades.

We believe that by embracing different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,  our associates grow and our customers benefit. Inclusion builds on that foundation by engaging and leveraging the unique strengths of every associate. When our associates are connected and engaged, we position ourselves to be more innovative, and to better understand and serve our customers and communities.
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