NEW YORK (Reuters) – Walmart is giving away $10,000 to a charity of a Walmart family member, a Walmart employee and a local church, the company said on Thursday.
The Walmart Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities will receive the donation from the retail giant on Dec. 29, and Walmart will donate $5,000 a month for 10 years to the charity, the foundation said in a statement.
Walmart, which is the largest private employer in the U.S., has come under fire in recent years for hiring mostly women and minorities to fill jobs that require a high level of physical and mental fitness, while many other retail firms have diversified and become more diverse.
A Walmart spokesman declined to comment on the gift, citing privacy laws.
Walton-based Walmart, which sells everything from grocery to apparel and clothing to home goods, said in March that it would spend more than $50 billion to expand its workforce, which now numbers more than 4 million people.
The company has also been criticized by some of its shareholders for not offering full-time positions to help pay for the expanded workforce.