Kudos To Wal-Mart � World�s Largest Environmentalist!
Good things are happening all around the world, we just don�t always
notice them. In 2005 Wal-Mart made the decision to go green, and
today the world�s $400 billion-a-year gorilla has made a huge
difference to the environment.
Within a year of its 2005 announcement, the company�s 2 million
associates at 8,400 stores used nearly 5 billion fewer plastic bags,
and delivered 77 million more cases while driving 100 million fewer
miles. Additionally, they�re now the largest buyer of organic cotton
and milk in the world. (Economists estimate that $1 of every $3
worldwide is associated with a company that does business with
It all started by working on a sustainability index, which involved
sending a 15-part questionnaire to all vendors asking how they
planned to help Wal-Mart meet its environmental goals. Now farmers
and manufacturers, plus everyone in between, are rushing to change
the way they do business. Harvard Business Review calls
sustainability the next mega-trend ... a sweeping and permanent
change in the way we all do business.