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A short analysis of Walmart's sustainability campaign and their current performance in meeting those eco-friendly goals. An addition to the hot debate between Wal-Mart's contributions to the economy and the environment.

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  • 1. Presented by: Shaun Merritt Introducing: Wal-Marts Greenwash

2. Wal-Marts Sustainability Campaign Wal-Marts sustainability campaign encompasses 3 specific goals: 1. To be supplied 100% by renewable energy 2. To create zero waste 3. To sell products that sustain people and the environment Source: http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/environment-sustainability But how do they follow through?.... 3. Wal-Marts sustainability campaign has done more to improve the companys image than to help the environment. Stacy Mitchell Senior Researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Incriminating Evidence Key Findings from ILSR show Wal-Marts Greenwash Source: http://www.ilsr.org/new-report-walmarts-greenwash/ 4. Wal-Marts Sustainability At its current pace, Wal-Mart will need roughly 300 years to reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy. As of 2011, Wal-Mart was deriving only 2 percent of its U.S. electricity from its wind and solar projects Wal-Marts greenhouse gas emissions are increasing rapidly. Its energy efficiency and renewable projects are too modest to match the scale of the companys operations Wal-Marts price pressure on manufacturers is undermining the quality and durability of goods, which has contributed to a sharp increase in the amount of stuff Americans buy and a doubling of the trash households generate 5. Wal-Marts Sustainability Wal-Mart has not addressed the habitat and climate impacts of its land development practices. The retailer continues to build sprawling stores on undeveloped land, often just a few miles from older, vacated Wal-Mart stores Wal-Mart has made little progress toward its goal of developing a Sustainability Index to rate consumer products With its share of U.S. grocery sales at 25 percent and growing, Wal-Mart is driving further consolidation and industrialization in our food supply, harming the environment and small-scale agriculture Wal-Marts campaign donations heavily favor candidates who consistently vote against the environment Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2012/03/07/NY65919 6. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/03/08/walmart-accused-of- greenwashing/ http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15707 http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2011-01-06/news/walmart-greenwashing- workers-pay-the-price/ http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/11/20/walmart-pumps-millions-into- ocean-greenwashing/ http://www.policymic.com/articles/6781/coke-fritos-and-walmart-greenwashing- are-the-products-you-buy-really-green Other Evidences 7. To summarize, Wal-Mart perpetuates an industrialized system of waste, does not meet its goal of 100% renewable energy and is more focused on its social reputation than on actually protecting the environment