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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: Walmart's Many Sustainability Initiatives with Vendors


Graphic Shows Programs by Product Category - and That's Only Half of It

Aug. 9, 2017
SCDigest Editorial Staff

In Walmart's recently released Global Responsibility Report for 2017, it continues its evolution from major Sustainability efforts to agressive, full-blown Corporate Social Responsibility under current CEO Doug McMillon.

For example, here is a quote from McMillon's opening letter to the report: "What was once largely about our own operations has expanded and shifted into helping rewire whole social and environmental systems." Wow.


Many of Walmart's initiatives involve working with vendors to make Sustainability and other improvements. A summary of some of those by product category  from te report is provided below, as our Supply Chain Graphic of the Week.



That is a lot of activity, but hardly tells the whole story. From a more overall perspective, for example, earlier in 2017 Walmart announced "Project Gigaton," in which it will work with suppliers to reduce 1 Gigaton of emissions between 2015 and 2030.

Walmart also cites progress with its Sustainability Index for suppliers, first announced in 2009. In FY2017, it reached a goal set in 2012 of buying 70% of its US goods from suppliers that participate in the Index, in categories where the Index is available.

Last year, Walmart said it saw a 60+% increase in number of suppliers responding to the data survey, with some 2,000 suppliers completing 5,300 surveys. Walmart also says well over 300 of its buyers now have scorecards for their suppliers.


The bottom line: if you are part of Walmart's supply chain, you will be part of its Social Responsibility efforts - big time.


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