Sam’s Club, Walmart Inc., CEOs react to recent events in Minneapolis

Published on May 29, 2020 and last updated on February 11, 2021 11:57 AM

May 29, 2020
Kathryn McLay

Kath McLay, President and CEO –Sam’s Club

As I learned more about George Floyd’s life, his loved ones and his tragic death, I couldn’t help but think many of our Sam’s Club associates and members see themselves in his story. To them, George’s horrific fate feels like it could be their reality if just a few things break the wrong way as they go about their days. I wanted to add my voice to the conversation, as a leader but most of all as a human being. George’s story is all too common, and it shines a light on a brokenness that cannot be ignored. Each and every one of us needs to ask ourselves what we can do to be part of the solution so the world is safer for everyone.

Sam’s Club is a company that is beautifully diverse and serves an equally diverse member base. Let’s look within and find ways to advocate on behalf of our associates and members so there are no more stories like George’s.


May 29, 2020

Heartbreaking Events in Minneapolis and New York

To: Walmart associates
From: Doug McMillon, President and CEO – Walmart

Many of you are payig attention to what took place earlier this week in Minneapolis and New York. These events are heartbreaking. There are too many of them and each one is unacceptable.

Walmart is an inclusive company. That is fundamental to our values and our culture. We remain committed to those principles.

At a time when our response to the COVID-19 crisis has brought out the best in us, what took place earlier this week is further proof we must remain vigilant in standing together against racism and discrimination. Doing so is not only at the heart of the values of our company, it’s at the core of the most basic principles of human rights, dignity and justice.

As we continue to monitor the situations unfolding across Minneapolis, we will keep our focus on prioritizing the safety of our associates and customers. What our country experienced this week yet again reminds us of the need for us to support each other and to come together. Until we, as a nation, confront and address these hard realities, we will never achieve the best of what we can be.

- Doug