Wal-Mart and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) have reached a deal on a citywide community benefits agreement, less than a week after the megaretailer announced its intention to open two additional stores in the city.
A full copy of the agreement is after the jump. Here are some of the big “gets” for the city:
— An effort to work with local small and minority-owned businesses to do construction work;
— a citywide workforce development program aimed at “low-income families, minorities, veterans, at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated residents”
— the “expectation of filling a majority of available positions” with city residents;
— $21 million worth of “charitable partnerships”over the next seven years;
— a commitment not to sell guns or ammunition in its D.C. stores and to attempt to provide space for locally sourced products;
— and an embrace of “transportation demand management measures,” including Capital Bikeshare stations, bus shelters, and electric car charging stations.
And here is what’s not in the agreement:
— Specific wage commitments;
— any wage or benefit concession that goes beyond what Wal-Mart would otherwise provide or what District law already requires;
— enforceable goals for the hiring of District residents.
Moreover, the agreement, signed by a Wal-Mart senior vice president, is “subject and contingent upon business conditions.”
All in all, this is not a deal that will quiet Wal-Mart’s most ardent foes. But it does represent on-paper promises from a major employer that is facing fairly minimal political and regulatory hurdles and has been famously reticent to make explicit community promises in the past.