Featured Speakers: Rajan Kamalanathan (Vice President for Ethical Standards, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.)
Wal-mart, the largest retailer in the world has taken the initiative to develop a socially responsible program within its supply chain. This program establishes higher environmental and ethical standards in order to provide the consumer with sustainable-zero waste products and address labor practices issues in factories producing Walmart products.
USAID partnered with Wal-mart to carry out this project through the Global Development Alliance (GDA) program. The GDA is an innovative public-private alliance model for improving social and economic conditions in developing countries (usaid.gov/gda).
Since Wal-mart is found in many of the developing countries that USAID has ongoing projects, they have partner to help better the lives of the people in these countries. USAID connects the farmers in these developing countries with Wal-mart. In helping Wal-mart meet these farmers’ quality standards, the corporation then becomes their prime supplier, paying the farmers a higher wage. The commodities produced in these farms would then be sold to Wal-mart. Currently, this program is being implemented in
Location: Copley Formal Lounge,
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Approximate Number of Attendees: 60+ attendees
Intern Attending: Yaheiry Galan