• 08.13.10

Walmart Strongarms Suppliers … For Sustainability!

Walmart Canada has committed CEOs of 24 of the country’s largest companies to its “major sustainability project.”

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At the beginning of this year, Walmart Canada goaded the CEOs of 24 of the country’s largest companies into committing to a “major sustainability project.” The aim was to reduce the corporations’ environmental impact over the long-term–but just six months since the pact, these big businesses are looking greener than ever, according to Green Biz. Here’s a look at the top three sustainers up north.


Frito-Lay (Canada): One of our Most Innovative Companies, Frito-Lay has jumped on the sustainability bandwaggon with its 100% compostable snack bags which its SunChips brand will sell 17 million of before the year ends. Let’s just hope they are actually 100% compostable .

: In the last two decades, the company’s Canadian operations have cut its energy use by 25%. This year, as part of another 20-year conservation project, the card-maker has converted its headquarters to 25-watt fluorescent tubes, reducing the company’s energy 9.6% since January. (There’s still the whole paper issue.)

Home Depot
: You hear all the time of lofty long-term corporate goals–we’ll cut energy consumption 50% in the next 50 years!–but not from this retailer. Home Depot Canada has set a manageable 5-year plan to reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions by 20% in the next five years.

Head to Green Biz to check out the other participants and success stories in Walmart’s sustainability challenge.

About the author

Austin Carr writes about design and technology for Fast Company magazine.