Read Wal-Mart’s D.C. community benefits deal


The community benefits deal stands to ease the politics of Wal-Mart’s entry into D.C. (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS)

Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer first had the news; my Post colleague Jonathan O’Connell has an early post up, with more to come.

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.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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