Walmart Releases 2016 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting Materials

Annual Report, Proxy Statement, Global Responsibility Report and
Update on Global Ethics and Compliance Program Published

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today issued its 2016 Annual Report,
Global Responsibility Report, an update on its Global Ethics and
Compliance Program, and filed its Proxy Statement in preparation for the
company’s upcoming Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on Friday, June 3, 2016.

“Throughout our history, Walmart has been an innovator in retail,”
Walmart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said in his
letter to shareholders. “We’re now living in a new period of disruption,
largely driven by rapid technological advances, and that change is
likely to accelerate even further. Our efforts are squarely focused on
emerging as the retail leader. Around the world, we face stiff
competition, but our future is within our control. The bottom line is
this: we have the resources to chart our own destiny.”

Annual Report Highlights
The 2016 Annual Report, Only
Walmart, provides shareholders with highlights of Walmart’s achievements
in the last fiscal year and key company-wide initiatives for the
upcoming year and is available here.

In the report, McMillon highlights the company’s ongoing efforts to be
the first company to deliver a truly seamless shopping experience at
scale. His letter also addresses how the company will win with customers
around the world, by focusing on the following initiatives:

  • Setting expectations that Walmart will save customers money;
  • Making it simple and easy to do business with Walmart, whether
    digitally or in stores;
  • Creating an easier customer experience so they can find what they’re
    looking for, either in stores, on Walmart e-commerce sites, or with
    Walmart’s marketplace vendors;
  • Increasing accessibility so customers can get products when and where
    they want them – in stores and clubs through pickup on or off-site, or
    delivered to their door.

The report also includes an update on governance and shareholder
engagement from Chairman of the Board of Directors, Greg Penner. In his
letter to shareholders, Penner states, “The past year has been a period
of transition for Walmart as we make strategic investments to position
the company for sustainable growth. Walmart’s Board of Directors fully
supports these investments in people and technology as they will
strengthen the company’s competitive position both now and in the
future. As we look ahead, the board is confident that Walmart’s strategy
is the right one, our governance processes are strong and management is
fully aligned with an actionable plan for success.”

2016 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting and Proxy Statement
company began distributing its Proxy Statement today with details of its
Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, to be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 8
a.m. (CDT) in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus in
Fayetteville, Ark. Only shareholders of record as of the close of
business on April 8, 2016, the record date for the meeting, are entitled
to vote at this year’s meeting.

Shareholders will vote on 12 Director nominees, three company proposals,
and three shareholder proposals. Board members Aida Alvarez and Roger
Corbett, both members of the board since 2006, Mike Duke, a member of
the board since 2008, and Jim Walton, a member of the board since 2005,
will not stand for re-election. The company has issued a
separate press release
describing the retirements and other pending
changes to the board.

The 2016 Proxy Statement can be read online.
Shareholders unable to attend the 2016 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in
person may view a live webcast at

Global Responsibility Report
Walmart’s 2016 Global
Responsibility Report, the company’s ninth, outlines the company’s major
milestones in fiscal year 2016 tied to social and environmental
responsibility, specifically highlighting the company’s progress within
those areas. The report also outlines Walmart’s priorities for its
“whole systems” approach to continue to advance global responsibility in
the key areas of opportunity, sustainability, and local communities. The
report is available digitally and can be viewed

Global Ethics and Compliance Report
The company’s third
report on its global compliance program discusses Walmart’s significant
efforts to build and maintain a world-class ethics and compliance
program. As explained in the report, in the last fiscal year the company
and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors identified objectives
for continuing to enhance the company’s compliance program. The
objectives addressed issues such as using technology to make the
company’s ethics and compliance efforts more effective, furthering
development of its anticorruption program, and continuing to lead on
food safety. The detailed report is available here.

Jay Jorgensen, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Ethics and
Compliance Officer, said, “Over the last few years, the company has
invested heavily in enhancing our ethics and compliance functions to
help us become the world’s most trusted retailer. These efforts reflect
our commitment to doing business the right way and continuously
improving as we adapt to changes in our operations and the marketplace.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps
people around the world save money and live better – anytime and
anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.
Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528
stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11
countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart
employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart
continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and
employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be
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