It extends to being a leader in how we take care of our world. It means that Walmart and our supplier partners must operate in a more socially and environmentally responsible way wherever we do business.
Earlier this year, Lee Scott laid out a vision to become a more environmentally responsible retailer in China...and to set new standards for responsible sourcing throughout the entire global supply chain.
There is no better place for that vision to take root than here in China.
This country is home to the world’s largest population, has a dynamic economy, and is a vibrant manufacturing hub.
But perhaps most important to our summit today is a Chinese government that has made sustainability a top priority.
We at Walmart are also committed to being a leader on sustainability. We want to work with China toward a more harmonious future, turning ordinary development into “scientific development,” consistent with the direction President Hu has set.
Today, we will announce a series of steps to move us forward on our journey to becoming a more sustainable company and we ask all of you to join us.
We have three objectives:
First, to build an environmentally and socially responsible supply chain.
Second, to make our stores more sustainable through more efficient use of water and energy.
And, third, to bring our customers here in China and around the world products that are more sustainable -- how they are made, how they are packaged and how they are used.
Later today, Lee will share his expectations for these goals. And shortly, Ed will share what this means for his stores, his suppliers and his customers. But right now, I would like to spend a few minutes on the first goal—building an environmentally and socially responsible supply chain.
A supply chain where goods are made in a way that protects our planet, where customers feel good about the safety, quality and durability of the products they buy, and where workers are paid well and treated well with the respect and dignity they deserve.
To achieve this, we are expecting more of ourselves at Walmart, and expecting more of our suppliers.