Walmart flexes its muscles on sustainability - ERM can help you meet the challenge

19 August 2009

Walmart’s July 2009 launch of its Sustainability Product Index is part of the giant retailers simply stated but hugely challenging objectives: “to produce zero waste, be supplied with 100% renewable energy, and to sell sustainable products.”

Top-tier suppliers of products in Walmart’s US stores have 15 questions to answer by October 2009, running the gamut from energy and climate change, to material efficiency, natural resources, people and community. Those that are not tier one suppliers are considering these issues as well.

For more than two decades, ERM has been helping companies become more sustainable. Our core competencies include:

  • Sustainability Strategy – developing a vision and programs that support your business strategy and achieve your sustainability goals.
  • Life Cycle Management – using life cycle thinking to minimize the environmental and socioeconomic burdens of a product or service along its entire life cycle or value chain.
  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions – measuring, reporting and reducing energy use and greenhouse gases.
  • Resource Conservation – driving efficiencies in energy, water and material consumption.
  • Environmental Performance – minimizing waste generation, air emissions and wastewater discharges.
  • Supply Chain – providing systems and assurance of desired behaviors.
  • Information Systems – managing data around complex products and processes.
  • Sustainability Reporting – planning, writing, designing, benchmarking and providing third-party assurance for sustainability reports.

ERM works with companies across the globe, in every business sector, to improve their sustainability performance. We can help you respond to Walmart’s 15 Questions for Suppliers, and identify and close the gaps between where you are today and where you want to be based on your company’s strategy to meet the growing expectations of Walmart and other key stakeholders. We have a proven track record of helping clients enhance productivity, efficiency and sustainability, such as:

  • Developing a sustainability strategy for the US Tennis Open that minimizes costs and reduces the event’s environmental footprint while encouraging fans to alter their behavior.
  • Cutting US$1million in costs for a well-known retailer by eliminating redundant packaging in its supply chain.
  • Increasing ticket sales 2 percent, worth more than US$18million, through our carbon footprinting work with a rail operator.
  • Reducing delays in multi-billion dollar capital projects by improving the sustainability strategy of a major oil and gas company.
  • Determining the carbon footprint of orange juice for a food and beverage manufacturer.

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