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Walmart India aims for 25% sourcing in fruits and vegetables from local farmers

Updated : September 01, 2019 12:26 PM IST

Global retailer Walmart's philanthropy arm Walmart Foundation on Saturday said the company is aiming for 25 percent sourcing in fruits and vegetables from local farmers

In an interview to CNBC-TV18's Priya Sheth, Kathleen Mclaughlin, president, said, "This market is incredibly important for us.  We are trying to work through our business differently and also corporate social responsibility (CSR) & philanthropy. So, in terms of the business, we have been focused for quite some time on strengthening the suppliers that we source from."

Mclaughlin further said, "The 25 percent that we have committed to source locally within each trade area for cash and carry is for each store. So, the idea is source for the needs of the customers – the Kiranas, the restaurants, hotels in that immediate area from the immediate farmers so that we create a kind of a local market."

On CSR, Mclaughlin said, "That is really important and obviously a great incentive for companies to do that. We think companies should do both, CSR and investments through philanthropy, and consider the business as an opportunity to help society."
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