Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Wal-Mart Introduces Packaging Scorecard


November 7, 2006 8:27 AM - Eric Kane, New York, NY

photo_packaging.jpeg As part of Wal-Mart’s continuing efforts to address its environmental footprint, the company established a goal to reduce packaging used by suppliers by 5% by 2013.



In an effort to achieve this target, the retail behemoth has announced an innovative scorecard system. The scorecard will allow manufacturers to rank their current use of packaging. Scores will be given on several relevant categories including: greenhouse gas emissions produced per ton of packaging, raw material use, packaging size, recycled content, material recovery value, renewable energy use, transportation impacts, and innovation. Beginning in 2008, Wal-Mart will make purchasing decisions based on the scorecard results. Say what you will about Wal-Mart, but this policy will force manufacturers in a variety of sectors to reexamine their packaging processes. To see a demo of the scorecard system visit www.scorecardlibrary.com.


3 comments:

Megan said...

It seems like Wal-Mart is trying to hard to look good when underneath it all they still have lots of problems.

Kevin said...

Yeah, I am thinking this is the same question I have had all along. Is this a good thing? Is it just greenwash? Is this a simple argument of global vs. local? Seems like Wal-Mart is increasingly making efforts to do things better. Or... is it just the case that they are putting more PR resources toward that cause to make them look better?

With their influence, is it possible to look to Wal-Mart as a potential ally in our great effort?

Megan said...

It seems like there has been more opposition against making new walmart s in certain places, so they are trying harder to look better, to not seem so 'trashy' i guess. and i don't think we could look at walmart as an ally until they stop taking away business from local stores, which doesn't seem likely to stop.

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