06 Jun '12, 12pm

How Walmart is using its sustainability metrics to drive productivity

How Walmart is using its sustainability metrics to drive productivity

Whenever Walmart takes on a project, it creates ripples -- if not tidal waves -- throughout every industry it touches. So it's somewhat surprising, looking back, to learn that when the retail giant first began tackling sustainability goals, it followed an anecdotal, aimless route, seeing an opportunity and going after it, without a system. Of course, Walmart measured its suppliers and products on "everything under the sun" according to Jeff Rice, but it did not have a real framework until it launched the Sustainability Index in 2009 . Rice, Walmart's director of sustainability, talked about the necessity of having that kind of framework, and of developing a systematic approach to supply chain sustainability -- and especially the importance of metrics -- during a panel at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. The Sustainability Index, which is not proprietary to W...

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