Wal-Mart rolls out sustainability scorecard
Supermarket giant Wal-Mart has begun using a scorecard to mark its suppliers on their progress towards using sustainable packaging with their products.
The company will also use the scorecards to influence its purchasing decisions, with the new system representing part of its efforts to reduce packaging use by five per cent before 2013.
Following a trial last year, 97,000 products, from more than 6,700 vendors, are already entered into the scheme, which, according to Packaging News, will be rolled out by Wal-Mart's UK operation Asda early next year.
"The packaging scorecard helps everyone make better decisions that are good for business, our customers and the environment," Matt Kistler, senior vice-president of sustainability at the chain, said in a statement.
"It's important to us that our suppliers see the intrinsic value behind sustainability, both for their business and the environment."
Last month Reuters reported that Wal-Mart was having difficulties introducing green procurement of the electronic goods they stock, following problems obtaining relevant information with manufacturers.
Article Date: 01 February 2008
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