Walmart Donates $1.6 million to the Institute for Sustainable Communities to Launch Environmental Health and Safety Academy in

 Walmart Donates $1.6 million to the Institute for Sustainable Communities to
         Launch Environmental Health and Safety Academy in Bangladesh

Academy will provide training on fire safety, environment, health and
workplace safety to factory workers in Bangladesh

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 9, 2013

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As part of their ongoing
commitment to improving fire safety standards in Bangladesh, today Walmart
announced a $1.6 million donation to the Institutefor Sustainable Communities
(ISC), a U.S. based NGO, to establish the Environmental Health and Safety
(EHS) Academy in Bangladesh. Sida, the Swedish International Development
Cooperation Agency, is also a partner in providing support for the new

Through the EHS Academy, apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh will have access
to high quality, affordable and comprehensive training on fire safety and
environment, health and workplace safety. In addition to funding, Walmart will
also provide technical support and advice to ISC. The goal of the partnership
is to provide a local, long-term platform for addressing challenges in the
supply chain related to fire safety through technical training and engagement.

"We urgently need to create long-term change in Bangladesh. Today, the
immediate need may be fire safety – but we can't tackle these challenges one
at a time. From fire safety, to toxic chemicals, to greenhouse gas emissions–
we need to stress comprehensive, systemic change in how factories understand
and address interrelated environment, health and safety issues over the long
term," said ISC's President, George Hamilton. "In partnership with the Swedish
International Development Agency (Sida), and other corporate partners, led by
Walmart, ISC is developing a locally owned and operated nonprofit
Environmental Health and Safety Academy that will train 2,000 Bangladeshi
factory managers annually in the skills they need to drive factories toward
better safety and sustainability. It's good for them, it's good for their
communities and it's good for the world."

The initial focus of EHS Academy in Bangladesh will be the ready-made garment
sector, and there will be a strong emphasis on fire safety, water management,
enhancing gender equity in the workplace and creating professional
opportunities for Bangladeshi women.

"At Walmart, as we work to raise standards in the global supply chain we
continue to actively seek out partnerships with government stakeholders,
nonprofits and NGOs. That is why were are partnering with ISC, who is known
for combining expertise in leadership, institutional development and community
capacity building to improving people's lives and the earth's ecosystem," said
Rajan Kamalanathan, vice president of Ethical Sourcing for Walmart. "The EHS
Academy is an important part of our ongoing commitment to improve fire safety
standards in Bangladesh and we are proud to partner with ISC to address the
critical need for training around fire safety, health and workplace safety."

Fire safety remains a critical area of focus for Walmart. In January 2013,
Walmart instituted a zero tolerance policy for unauthorized subcontracting and
strengthened fire safety standards in Bangladesh. Walmart will also conduct
electrical, building and fire safety assessments of factories in Bangladesh to
help prevent fires in RMG Industry. Walmart continues to actively work with a
variety of stakeholders to raise awareness of fire safety and establish best
practices for fire prevention in Bangladesh to improve the industry as a
whole. For example, Walmart is working with the Bangladesh Manufacturers and
Exporters Association and the government of Bangladesh to reinforce the
critical need for improved fire safety in Bangladesh and to highlight
effective steps that can be taken to meet current fire safety challenges.

ISC's goal in Bangladesh is to transform the way factories are managed in
order to improve the environment, health, and safety of communities and
workers -- with an initial focus on strengthening fire safety. Prior to their
partnership in Bangladesh, Walmart supported a similar EHS Academy in China,
providing financial resources, technical expertise and advice that contributed
to two strong EHS Academies with high impact training courses and trainers,
growing recognition and an ever-expanding pool of peer-networked trainees in

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through
their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members
visit our more than 10,500 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and
e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of
approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates
worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
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About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

A global nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities
(ISC) has 22 years of experience working with local leaders to accelerate
pragmatic solutions in governance, climate change and sustainability. ISC has
led over 91 projects in 25 countries, and currently works in China, India,
Bangladesh, Serbia and the United States.

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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