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Walmart India among `100 Best Companies for Women in India’ in 2017 Working Mother & AVTAR study

Chennai, November  2017: Walmart India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc., has been recognized among ‘The 2017 Working Mother & AVTAR 100 Best Companies for Women in India’. The final list of top 100 companies was compiled from the `The Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India Study 2017’. The 2017 BCWI list was announced at the `Best Practices of Best 100 Conference’ in Chennai, today.

The study was conducted by AVTAR and Working Mother Media to identify companies with the most favorable policies and practices to promote employment, retention and increasing participation of women in the workforce. AVTAR and Working Mother received hundreds of submissions from various companies, spanning every major industry, geographical location and line of business. The evaluation process was based on practices and policies followed by companies for increasing women’s workforce participation, which the panel then weighed to select, score and rank the winners. The parameters for screening included Workforce Profile, Policies for Women’s Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, Policies for Safety and Security, Policies for Flexible Working, Policies for Paid Leave, Benefits and Other Career Enablers and Company Culture and Work Life Programs.

Speaking about the recognition, Krish Iyer, President & CEO of Walmart India said, “We are delighted to be included in this prestigious list of ‘top 100 companies for women in India’. At Walmart India, diversity & inclusion are an integral part of our business and culture and we are committed to having a `fair share’ of women in the workforce. We formulate and implement practical strategies and solutions for advancement of our women associates through education, inspiration and opportunity and ensure ongoing success. At Walmart India, we also go beyond the walls of the organization to create shared value and prosperity for women. In fact, our Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative has three dimensions – Sourcing, Training and Diversity. To cite an example under Sourcing, we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2016 to create a pipeline of industry-ready women entrepreneurs as well as diversify our supplier base by providing training, mentoring and technical support.

‘The Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India’ study was first launched in 2016. The exercise was started to honor companies that help women have sustainable careers. This study was launched in the United States in 1986 by Working Mother Media. It is claimed to be one of the most prestigious lists that has set standard for work/life practices for companies in the US.

About Walmart India:

Wal-Mart India Private Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s leading retailer renowned for its efficiency and expertise in logistics, supply chain management and sourcing. Walmart India owns and operates 21 omni-channel Best Price Modern Wholesale Stores and a B2B Fulfillment Center  in 9 States across India. The Best Price Stores offer best prices with unmatched convenience, choice, quality and hygiene with the mission of “Enabling businesses to prosper…every single member”. To enter and purchase from Best Price stores, it is mandatory to become a member. Members can belong to different business categories such as Resellers (‘Kirana Stores’); Offices and Institutions (O&I); and Hotels, Restaurants and Caterers (HoReCa). Additional information about Walmart India can be found by visiting http://www. wal-martindia.in and on Twitter at @walmartindia.

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