Wal-Mart Announces Initial Results of Packaging Scorecard
BENTONVILLE, Ark.—At the second annual Sustainable Packaging Exposition, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. released the initial results of its Packaging Scorecard. The scorecard, which was officially unveiled at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2006 and launched on February 1, 2007, evaluates Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club suppliers on the sustainability of their packaging and offers suggestions for improvement.
The results from the first month of operation show active use of the scorecard and a strong interest from product suppliers to make their packaging more sustainable. The scorecard implementation is Wal-Mart’s next step in moving toward achieving a 5 percent reduction in packaging by 2013.
“Wal-Mart has made a commitment to reducing waste in packaging in order to sustain our resources and environment and to reduce total system costs,” said Matt Kistler, senior vice president of marketing, research, and insights for Sam’s Club and captain of Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainability Network. “We are in a unique position to drive positive change in the area of sustainability by working with our suppliers. The packaging scorecard helps everyone make better decisions that are good for business, our customers, and the environment.”
In the first month, 2,268 vendors logged on to the site and 117 products were entered into the system, and Wal-Mart expects these numbers to dramatically increase in the coming year. The scorecard evaluates the sustainability of product packaging based on greenhouse gas emissions related to production, material value, product to packaging ratio, cube utilization, recycled content usage, innovation, the amount of renewable energy used to manufacture the packaging, the recovery value of the raw materials, and emissions related to transportation of the packaging materials. These criteria are valuable tools for suppliers to determine how their packaging innovations, environmental standards, energy efficiencies, and use of materials compare to their peers. Suppliers will receive a score per package relative to their peers in each category.