21 Nov '11, 6pm

In 2009, Walmart unveiled grand plans to help shoppers make greener choices. We're still waiting.

In 2009, Walmart unveiled grand plans to help shoppers make greener choices. We're still waiting.

It looks like Walmart's green-ratings plan has been shelved. Photo: Walmart In 2009, Walmart created a stir when it announced that it would develop a Sustainability Index to assess the environmental impacts of every item on its shelves and provide an easy rating system to help shoppers make greener choices. CEO Mike Duke described [PDF] the index as "a simple tool that informs consumers about the sustainability of products" and helps them "consume in a more sustainable way." This, in turn, would induce Walmart's 100,000 suppliers to shrink their footprints. The company set a five-year timetable. Many commentators gushed. The New York Times found the news so momentous that it dedicated an editorial to it, noting, "Given Wal-Mart's huge purchasing power, if it is done right it could promote both much-needed transparency and more environmentally sensitive practices." More tha...

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