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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

CI is working to support Wal-Mart's vision to create business value through environmental leadership, by developing and demonstrating ways to incorporate resource and biodiversity conservation criteria into Wal-Mart's merchandise supply chains.

  • In 2007, Wal-Mart and CI teamed up in an effort to ensure the company’s customers are buying gold and diamonds from environmentally and socially responsible sources. The pilot initiative, called the Mining and Metals Innovation Project, will create an online tracking system to help one of the world’s largest jewelry retailers trace the many stops that gold and diamonds make from mine to store, thus guaranteeing the goods have been mined, shined and sold to Wal-Mart adhering to the company’s environmental standards.

  • In support of Wal-Mart's 2006 commitment to hold its wild-caught fresh and frozen fish suppliers to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards, CI has collaborated with Wal-Mart's suppliers, as well as other groups like the World Wildlife Fund, to address improvements needed to rebuild depleted fisheries. CI also has stressed the importance of viewing fisheries management as part of a larger strategy to protect entire marine ecosystems.

  • Prior to the Wal-Mart’s 2005 announcement that it would purchase farmed shrimp certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), the company requested that CI provide input on the environmental aspects of the GAA's farm-level standards. Wal-Mart encouraged the GAA to adopt many of CI’s recommendations, which strengthened the environmental sections of this standard—especially with regard to the protection of coastal wetlands. Read our interview with Wal-Mart’s vice president for Seafood and Deli.

  • In the fall of 2004, CI partnered with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting to conduct an examination of Wal-Mart's environment footprint. With other conservation organizations, CI is working with Wal-Mart on its sustainability strategy and helping to identify tangible actions to achieve environmental solutions through its supply chain. To learn more about our relationship with Wal-Mart download our annual report focusing on CI's work with the private sector.

  • Wal-Mart is a member of CI's Business & Biodiversity Council, a community of companies committed to leveraging their business experience and resources to conserve biodiversity. more


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