25 May '11, 1pm

How Walmart Became a Force for Nature

How Walmart Became a Force for Nature

Business is business, they say, but I'm often reminded that business is personal, too. Back in about 2005, Lee Scott, who was then Ceo of Walmart, traveled with Fred Krupp, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund, to the top of Mount Washington, to visit a weather research station and meet with environmental scientists, including Steve Hamburg, who's now the chief scientist at EDF. On their way, Scott stopped to visit with a New Hampshire maple farmer who told him that warmer weather was threatening the maple syrup business his family had operated for four generations. By the end of the trip, Scott had seen the impacts of climate change for himself -- and seen how they could evolve into business issues for Walmart. Mike Duke, Scott's successor as CEO, took a climate-change field trip of his own a few years later. He spent the night in an ice hotel on a glacier in S...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/05/25/how-walmart-becam...

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