Jon Springer, reporting in Walmart on 'Reimagining the workforce' for Supermarket News writes:
As one of the world's largest employers, Wal-Mart Stores has an obligation to help not only its own workers to achieve upward mobility and satisfaction in their jobs, but the retail industry overall, Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin said in a presentation Wednesday. The Walmart Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer, said this week it had made a $5.5 million grant to the Aspen Institute to support development of business models aimed at advancing career paths for retail workers for all companies. According to the National Retail Federation, the retail industry employs 42 million, or one in four American jobs. "[Walmart] has always been about opportunity, but we want to make it more systematic, and not just about Walmart," McLaughlin said.
The very best way for Walmart to advance career paths for retail workers is to lead by example and make Walmart a place where people want to work as a career path and not just as a last desperate act to keep the wolf from the door. As long as Walmart continues to be a workplace where workers have to take food donations for each other to enjoy a thanksgiving dinner, that will never be the case. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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