Walmart, DC reach accord over community benefits

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When Walmart and the Mayor announced this past week that they’d reached an agreement (PDF available) over the retailing giant’s commitment to retail positions throughout the city, many recoiled, citing a lack of a Community Benefits Agreement in place as part of the deal.

This afternoon, Walmart and the city came to an agreement that features $21M in charitable community work, a commitment to using at least 35% of local CBE vendors as part of construction, Capital Bikeshare stations at its stores, SmarTrip kiosks, electric car charging stations, bus shelters, a workforce development program, and a commitment not to sell guns or ammunition.

In addition, Walmart has agreed to “comply with the terms of any and all applicable laws” in DC. That strikes me as one of those “wait, were they planning not to?” moments. But, there we are.

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