Trina Tocco, Campaigns Coordinator for the International Labor Rights Forum
I haven’t had too much time to write a blog but I was so shocked by this
news article that I just had to say something. Wal-Mart in its continued arrogance seems to
think that throwing around $255,000 for scholarships in
This is just another case of Wal-Mart trying to buy out communities by offering scholarships to migrant women so that they are able to receive a better education. If Wal-Mart was really serious about supporting the education of its migrant women factory workers, why don’t they encourage their suppliers to train women for management level positions. Of course Wal-Mart would never do anything so systemic but rather make insulting attempts to make others think they care about their workers. At the end of the day, Wal-Mart has just continued to allow blatant worker rights violations flourish in their Chinese factories and even worse when a problem is found, then Wal-Mart runs away from the factory.
If you are as angry as I, consider printing off some postcards ILRF has produced demanding something better from Wal-Mart and send it to good ole CEO Lee H. Scott. ILRF believes that Wal-Mart can significantly alter their negative impact by recognizing that their take it or leave it purchasing policies are the real cause of worker demise and until they change their practices, all the scholarships in the world won’t mean a damn thing.
You can view the ILRF postcards at http://laborrights.org/projects/corporate/walmart/postcard.pdf (grayscale) or http://laborrights.org/projects/corporate/walmart/postcardcolor.pdf (color).
Chinese Migrant Women Get Wal-Mart Funding
May 16, 2007 @ 7:52 am
Wal-Mart has donated US$255,000 to the Scholarship Program for Chinese Women
Workers, providing educational scholarships for 70 migrant workers in
"Wal-Mart has a long track record of contributing to the communities
wherever we operate," said Ed Chan , president and CEO,
The scholarships were awarded at a ceremony at the Panyu campus of the
The IGP in collaboration with Wal-Mart Foundation awarded the grant for
"the Scholarship Program for Chinese Women Workers" to Asia
Foundation on July 18, 2006. This scholarship program is the first program of
its kind, sponsoring advanced education for migrant women workers in the heart
According to Wal-Mart, 40 scholarship recipients will study pre-school education and computer application technology at the GWPTC, while the other 30 recipients will study at other five vocational schools in the Pearl River Delta.
Courses provided by those colleges and schools include human resource management, business administration, logistics management, computer science, foreign languages and economics.
The scholarships will cover tuition fees, course materials and
accommodation. Students in extreme financial need may also apply for cost of
living stipends. In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants must be: 1) Migrant women workers who have worked for more than a year in
The scholarship sponsorship is one of Wal-Mart's many contributions to