Design a Diversity Management Plan for Wal-Mart's CEO

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Wal-Mart provides jobs for more than 1.8 million Associates. Their Associates can pursue a wide variety of careers, ranging from asset protection to legal, product development to global procurement, store manager to clothing buyer, truck driver to cashier, deli manager to information system manager and more.

In 2005 more than 11,000 Associates were promoted into management positions, most of which do not require a college degree. More than two-thirds of Wal-Mart's managers started their careers in hourly positions.

Wal-Mart provides a first job or a second paycheck for many people, with a full range of benefits. Almost two-thirds of their Associates are full-time employees. Wal-Mart's wages are competitive with and often better than some others in the retail industry.

Wal-Mart's innovative Women in Leadership and Minorities in Leadership seminars are designed to improve the leadership skills of participating members of management, and increase management knowledge of diversity best practices and inclusion in the workplace.

Wal-Mart's world class personnel practices ensure nondiscriminatory treatment of Associates in hiring and selection. The company utilizes state-of-the-art hiring and promotional systems (Selection Systems) to make sure that all applicants, both internal to Wal-Mart and external to their company, have an opportunity to apply and be considered for positions for which they are both qualified and interested.

Wal-Mart's commitment to diversity by educating our Associates about effective ways to leverage the full range of backgrounds, cultures, talents, skills and life experiences to maximize Wal-Mart's business and their Associates' performance and development. Wal-Mart's diversity and inclusion training programs are designed to teach Associates to work with, appreciate and understand people from all cultures and backgrounds. Wal-Mart Associates also completed EEO-related Computer Based Learning (CBL) modules to increase their knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity protections, including Sexual Harassment Prevention and understanding...