Enviro orgs put Walmart on blast for greenwashing, treatment of associates

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance issued a scathing report yesterday on Walmart’s sustainability agenda, stating that the company’s PR work on its initiatives serves to mask the fact that Walmart’s impact on climate and the environment is worsening.

Specifically, ILSR found:

  • Nearly a decade after launching its sustainability campaign, Walmart’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown substantially and continue to rise.
  • When calculating its emissions, Walmart fails to account for major, fast-growing sources of pollution in its operations, including those from international shipping, new store construction and product manufacturing.
  • Despite its many media announcements about solar and wind projects, Walmart lags competing chains and many independent retailers in making the switch to renewable power.
  • Walmart is a major contributor to the campaigns of lawmakers who are blocking action to address the climate crisis.

Following the release of the report, several major environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth, issued an open letter calling on Walmart to make a real, verifiable commitment to help fight climate change. Michael Marx, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign, said:

“Walmart is failing on climate exactly like it is failing on worker’s rights. The company’s carbon pollution is up 14 percent while it pours millions of dollars into a misleading PR campaign around sustainability and anti-environmental public officials who obstruct solutions to climate disruption. If Walmart wants us to live better it can start by treating its workers with the dignity and respect they deserve and taking real steps to cut carbon pollution.”

Here’s a round-up of the media coverage of the report:



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