We seek to advance food safety through efforts designed to increase transparency and improve producer and consumer education.
As a leader in the retail food business, Walmart believes that maintaining a progressive and effective food safety management system is a critical part of our continued success.
Our philanthropy in this area is focused on the three areas of transparency, producer education and consumer education. In 2016, Walmart.org announced a plan to invest $25 million over five years to help advance food safety in China.
Our Focus Areas
Walmart.org supports work that accelerates data transparency in supply chains to address critical food safety issues. Philanthropic investments include scaling test equipment, risk-prevention systems and shared data approaches across supply chains.
A 2016 Walmart Foundation grant to MIT and its sub-awardees, Beijing Business Management College, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Zhejiang University, is supporting the development of predictive supply chain analytics and new testing technology to develop more effective management systems to address food supply chain risks in China and around the world.
To help improve food safety for smaller producers along supply chains, philanthropic investments are testing food safety education, training and certifications, and promoting standardized practices among producers.
In 2016, a Walmart Foundation grant was awarded to the China Chain Store and Franchise Association to support the development of a comprehensive food safety education platform designed to advance best practices.
Through philanthropy, we are committed to furthering the research of food safety practices and to developing the educational tools and programming to increase adoption of food safety practices.
In 2018, a Walmart Foundation grant to the National Children’s Food Safety Protection Campaign, organized by the China Children and Teenagers Foundation, helped to educate 1 million people (including 310,000 children) from 196 schools and communities in 29 cities. They showed significant gains in their food safety knowledge and dietary behaviors as a result.
Applications are by invitation only for 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.