Global Responsibility


Environmental sustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully. As the world's largest retailer, our actions have the potential to save our customers money and help ensure a better world for generations to come. At the same time, it sets the stage for a more financially stable and responsible Walmart.


Powering the future of retail

More than ever, we know that our goal to be supplied 100% by renewable energy is the right goal, and we know that renewables combined with energy efficiency is especially powerful: for our customers, for our shareholders and for the future of generations to come. Walmart envisions a world where people don’t have to choose between energy they can afford and energy that’s good for communities and the planet. Global energy predictions indicate costs could increase twice as fast as our anticipated store and club growth. Finding cleaner and more affordable energy is vital to everyday low cost. Scaling renewable energy while accelerating energy efficiency is our vision for a more sustainable world and is the right direction for our business.


Targeting zero waste

Our aspirational goal of achieving zero waste across our global operations is bold, but we continue to make measurable progress. In the U.S., more than 81% of the materials that flow through our stores, clubs, and distribution centers is being diverted from landfills. Our operations in Japan and the U.K. lead the way with a diversion rate of more than 90%, while Walmart Canada and Walmart Mexico divert more than 70%.

We are looking closer than ever at how and with whom we work around the world. In addition to identifying associates who will lead these programs in each of our markets, we plan to enhance the people, processes and data we use across all geographies. This will increase the speed, consistency and reach of our pursuit of zero waste.

Plastic shopping bags

One-time-use shopping bags represent a tremendous opportunity to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills. Through a variety of initiatives in each of the markets we serve around the world, Walmart reduced plastic bag waste by more than 38% by the end of 2013, compared to our 2007 baseline. That represents a reduction of 10 billion bags annually.

Responsible packaging

We all know the 3 “R’s” of sustainability – reduce, reuse and recycle. At Walmart, there’s a fourth “R” – rethink. By working with our suppliers, we’re developing product packaging solutions that cut unnecessary waste and save our customers money. These are a few recent examples:

  • U.K.: In 2013, our operations in the United Kingdom introduced a lighter version of its private-label Eden Falls water bottles. The new 500-milliliter and 2-liter water bottles are 6% and 13% lighter, respectively.
  • Japan: By developing non-tray packaging for meats and seafood, and introducing a corn-based bio-plastic wrap for 37% of its packaged produce, Walmart Japan has reduced the total weight of trays by 25.5% since 2007.

Electronics recycling

Part of our commitment to doing business responsibly includes considering the entire life cycle of the products we sell. We have partnered with leading organizations to make proper recycling of used electronics as convenient as possible for our Walmart, Sam’s Club and online customers in the U.S.

Smartphone and Tablet Trade-In Program
In 2013, Walmart began a smartphone trade-in program at more than 3,600 U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs – making trading up to the newest smartphone easier and less expensive. In partnership with CExhange, the trade-in program offers an immediate credit from $50 to $300 for more than 100 smartphones, and we project it will keep hundreds of thousands of smartphones out of landfills annually. In addition, we've also begun a tablet trade-in program. Customers looking to trade in electronics like MP3 players, video games, cameras, laptops and more can turn "gadgets to gift cards" on For details, visit:


Our customers have high expectations of us – and they should. They expect us to bring them a broad assortment of merchandise at everyday low prices, and that we’ll help them save money so they can live better. But they also expect that the products they buy from us are produced responsibly. We believe customers shouldn’t have to choose between products they can afford and products that are produced in an environmentally responsible way.

Together with our suppliers and NGO stakeholders, we’re working hard to exceed those expectations. We’re making sustainability part of how we buy and sell merchandise around the world. In doing so, we’re taking a leading role in addressing the most important issues facing the consumer goods industry, helping our suppliers become more competitive businesses, creating a more resilient supply chain and increasing our customers’ trust in us and the brands we carry.

Responsible Sourcing

Walmart’s business has always centered on helping people live better. This mission applies not only to our customers and associates, but also to the workers who make our products.

In 2013, we made important enhancements to our Responsible Sourcing program in three key areas:

  • Empowerment: Empowering workers, suppliers, factories and our own merchants through training, capacity building programs and ongoing support.
  • Worker safety and well-being: Focusing on worker safety and well-being in our supply chain by verifying compliance with our standards through continued social and safety audits; strengthening labor and environmental practices in farms and factories that supply us with merchandise; and proactively collaborating with other brands, retailers, governments and key stakeholders.
  • Transparent supply chain: Promoting transparency in our supply chain by releasing the results of our in-depth factory assessments in Bangladesh and working with industry and stakeholder partners to share best practices and collaborate on sustainable solutions to challenges facing the global supply chain.

As we continue to grow our Responsible Sourcing program, we are expanding our international responsible sourcing team. Currently, we have more than 140 Responsible Sourcing associates working in our market and sourcing offices around the globe.