México, D.F.a Sept 07, 2010 - During the opening ceremony of its first sustainability forum, Together for a Better Planet, Walmart de México y Centroamérica, Bimbo, Kimberly Clark, La Huerta, Procter & Gamble, Sigma Alimentos and Unilever signed their adherence to the Environmental Leadership Program organized by the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). The above mentioned program is aimed at:
- promoting the environment as a key element to achieving competitiveness and social and economic development;
- encouraging environmental practices contributing to competitiveness and economic growth;
- fostering the implementation of cleaner production technologies;
- increasing productivity of companies; and
- boosting the development of suppliers by adding value to the production of goods and services.
The Minister of the Environment – Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada – congratulated Walmart de México y Centroamérica and the previously mentioned suppliers for participating in this government initiative, the goal of which is to generate $1 billion in savings by the year 2012. “This is not happening through the Ministry or the Mexican government, but rather through the best use of resources at private companies participating in the program,” explained Mr. Elvira Quesada.
“At Walmart de México y Centroamérica, we are convinced that with regard to sustainability, collaboration is a fundamental factor. Thus, there must not be competitors, as it is our responsibility to share best practices and communicate relevant information. When it comes to social responsibility, copyrights are non-existent,” stated Scot Rank, the retailer’s President and CEO during his opening speech.
“According to the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), on the subject of sustainability, Mexico occupies notch 45 out of a list of 48 countries. This means that it is high time we quickened the pace,” said Pablo González Guajardo, CEO of Kimberly Clark de México. “This forum is about concrete actions to learn, share and build best practices with companies deeply committed to sustainability,” he continued.
The following personalities participated in the ceremony to sign the Environmental Leadership Program: Daniel Servitje, Chief Executive Officer, Bimbo; Mario Páez González, Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Alimentos; Carlos Arteaga, Agriculture Vice President, La Huerta; Claudia Herrera Moro, Corporate Affairs and External Relations Vice President, Procter & Gamble; Reginaldo Ecclissato, Supply Chain Vice President, Unilever; Pablo González, Chief Executive Officer, Kimberly Clark; Scot Rank, President and CEO, Walmart de México y Centroamérica; and Mr. Juan Rafael Elvira, SEMARNAT.
After the official opening speeches, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to open a showroom with more than 120 stands where the retailer’s suppliers will share best practices with other companies throughout the forum’s duration.
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