Category Archives: Sustainability

Walmart, EDP Renewables Announce Three Wind Energy Power Purchase Agreements — Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas, HOUSTON, Texas, October 16, 2018 – Today, Walmart and EDP Renewables (EDPR) announce three power purchase agreements (PPA) that will enable the construction of three new utility-scale wind farms – developed, owned and operated by EDPR – in the states of Illinois and Indiana. Walmart’s cumulative 233 megawatt (MW) investment includes the following: 123 MW from the Bright Stalk Wind Farm (a 205 MW project in McLean County, Illinois, with start of operations expected in 2019; this PPA is...

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Companies Struggle to Maintain Sustainable Procurement Standards — Supply Chain Dive

Despite consumer demands for ethical and transparent business practices, many companies struggle to maintain sustainable supply chains: “Almost three-quarters (73%) of large companies and 66% of small and medium companies received a score of 40 or lower for sustainable procurement. Any score under 45 represents medium to high risk of the procurement instability, reputational risk and overall business disruption that can come from complacency in areas traditionally seen as “corporate social responsibility” (CSR), according to the report.” P.S. Have you reviewed...

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Consumers Show Openness to Lab-Grown Meat — FoodNavigator-USA.com

Consumers, particularly younger people, are open to the idea of lab-grown meat: “However, 46% said they would probably or definitely buy it (with the highest interest from Millennials and Gen Z consumers); and 33% were on the fence about the meat, which is grown in sterile conditions and does not require the use of antibiotics and growth hormones.” P.S. Interest in meat substitutes and sustainable meat production is on the rise. Does this interest translate into opportunity for your supplier...

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Walmart Foundation Announces Anti-Food Waste Grants for Canadian Groups — Walmart.com

The Walmart Foundation is providing grants to Canadian organizations with a focus on addressing and preventing food waste: “BENTONVILLE, Ark., September 17, 2018 – The Walmart Foundation today announced that it is making $1.5 million USD ($1.89 million CAD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000...

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Burberry Changes Policy in Response to Outcry — RetailDive.com

Luxury brand Burberry recently announced that it will no longer destroy items that it cannot sell. The previous policy reflected Burberry’s desire to remain “exclusive,” avoiding discounting or product being sold in secondary markets: “Burberry on Thursday said that, effective immediately, it will no longer destroy products it can’t sell, saying that it’s stepping up existing efforts to reuse, repair, donate or recycle them instead.” P.S. Social compliance is a buzzword right now, and for good reason. Consumers are demanding...

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Supply Chains Critical in Reducing Food Waste — SupplyChainDive.com

Food waste is a major concern: Recent research shows that much of it could be reduced by making supply chains more efficient: “Supply chain infrastructure and efficiency alone could reduce the amount of food wasted by $270 billion (in value) of what the report estimates to be a $1.5 trillion problem by 2050.” P.S. Are you happy with your supply chain logistics? Our experts can help. Book a consultation today!

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U.S. Consumers Increasingly Support Plastic Food Packaging Tax — FoodDive.com

An increasing number of consumers in the United States and United Kingdom support a tax on plastic packaging for food items: “A third of U.S. consumers and 52% of those in the U.K. support a tax on all plastic food packaging, according to an online survey commissioned by Ingredient Communications and conducted by Surveygoo.” P.S. Are you looking into alternative packaging for your products? Learn how you can meet Walmart’s sustainability standards when you schedule an appointment with one of...

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Walmart Pushes for “Zero Waste” by 2025 — SupplyChainDive.com

Walmart continues to set ambitious sustainability goals. The 2018 Global Responsibility Report calls for “zero [Walmart] waste” ending up in landfills: “The company is working toward the goal of “zero waste” to landfills by 2025 from its supply chain and operations in Canada, Japan, the U.K. and U.S. According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, this means the company must achieve “at least 90% diversion from landfills, incinerators and the environment,” along with future goals that lead to a continuous progression toward...

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Walmart’s Road to Sustainability — QZ.com

Ever wonder how Walmart became involved with sustainability efforts? It turns out that the birth of former CEO Lee Scott’s granddaughter set the company down a greener path: “For Lee Scott, who ran Walmart from 2000 to 2009, the arrival of his granddaughter not only convinced him the threat of global warming was real but set him on a course that altered the very DNA of the world’s largest retailer. He decided he wanted to use its size and resources...

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Retailers Get on Board With Emissions Data Requests — SupplyChainDive.com

Walmart sets the pace again! More major retailers are following Walmart’s lead in collecting data on carbon emissions from suppliers: “Three of the top 20 retail companies — Target, Tesco and CVS Health — are joining Walmart in collecting data from suppliers, seeking ways to cut carbon emissions throughout the supply chain, according to a press release from environmental non-profit group CDP provided to Supply Chain Dive.” P.S. Retailers, not just Walmart, are getting serious about environmental sustainability compliance. Are you...

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