"Good work is taking place every day across our global operations to make us a more responsible and sustainable company, and the results have been significant," said
Top 10 Achievements Highlighted in the 2012 GRR Include:
- Reduced Waste by 80 Percent – Walmart prevented 80.9 percent of the waste generated across all U.S. operations from going to landfills. Walmart achieved this by implementing its Zero Waste Program, which consists of recycling, donating and repurposing waste. This figure represents 11.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of taking more than two million cars off the road for a year. Similar efforts are under way globally.
ASDA, Walmart's U.K.operator, sends zero food waste to landfills, and Walmart stores in Chinaand Brazildiverted 52 percent of operational waste from landfills.
Expanded Locally Grown Produce– By the end of 2011, Walmart increased the amount of locally grown produce sold by 97 percent, which accounts for more than 10 percent of all produce sold in U.S. stores. Locally grown is defined as products grown and sold in the same state. Walmart is pursuing a goal set in 2010 to double the amount of locally grown produce it sells in the U.S. by the end of 2015.
- Supported Women Around the World – Walmart announced the Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative to empower women across its supply chain by:
- Committing to source
$20 billionfrom women-owned businesses in the United Statesover the next five years;
- Pledging to expand retail training programs to help 400,000 women around the world and provide skills training to 60,000 female factory workers who supply products to Walmart and other retailers; and,
- Supporting women empowerment programs by
$100 millionin grants from the Walmart Foundationand Walmart's international businesses.
- Committing to source
- Saved Customers
$1 Billion– Since launching with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obamain January 2011the initiative to bring healthier, more affordable food to America, Walmart achieved its goal to save U.S. consumers nearly $1 billionon fresh fruits and vegetables. Walmart will continue to help consumers save on healthier food by reducing or eliminating the price premium on more than 350 better-for-you items including low-sodium lunch meat, reduced fat peanut butter and fat-free salad dressing.
- Announced Great for You Icon – Last year, Walmart committed to creating a front-of-pack icon to help consumers easily and quickly identify healthier food options. In
January 2012, Walmart unveiled the Great For You icon, which will appear in Walmart U.S. stores' produce area this summer and on Great Value and Marketside items that meet nutrition criteria beginning this fall. The new icon will be made available to national brand products that qualify.
- Utilized 1.1 Billion Kilowatt Hours (kWh) of Renewable Energy –
The United States EPA Green Power Partnershipprogram now ranks Walmart as the second-largest onsite green power generator in the United States. Renewable energy projects provide 1.1 billion kWh annually, or about 4 percent of electricity for Walmart buildings globally. Walmart also purchases another 18 percent from the grid for a total of 22 percent renewable electricity as of 2010. Walmart has 180 renewable energy projects in operation or under development, which use a diversity of innovative technologies, including solar power, fuel cells, micro-wind, offsite wind projects and much more.
- Integrated Sustainability Index – For the past two years, Walmart has worked with more than 90 suppliers, academics, NGOs and other retailers through
The Sustainability Consortium(TSC) to assess and improve the sustainability of its products. Walmart used the consortium's data to develop its first category scorecards to help buyers evaluate products and expects to expand the scorecards in up to 100 major categories by the end of 2012.
- Responded to Natural Disasters – In response to the historic earthquake and tsunami in
Japan, Walmart made an initial donation of $5 millionto relief efforts and helped by donating needed supplies, including tents, blankets and flashlights. After tornadoes devastated the Midwest and South last spring, Walmart donated $1 millionin cash and in-kind donations to help its communities recover.
- Expanded Global Direct-Farm Program – Walmart is working with small- and medium- sized farmers and their communities in
China, Central America, Indiaand other countries around the world. By selling directly to Walmart, farmers earn a better price for their products, increase their income and receive expert advice on crop planning.
- Nurtured Diversity and Inclusion – Walmart has continued to focus on making the company a workplace of opportunity. Fifty-three percent of 179,000 hourly promotions in U.S. stores were women and 200,000 female associates have been with Walmart for 10 years or longer. In the last five years in
the United States, Walmart has increased female store managers by 46 percent. Women in Walmart at the C-suite level advanced globally, including the promotion of two female CEOs.
Brooke Buchanan, 1-800-331-0085, www.walmartstores.com/reporter, for Walmart