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Wal-Mart Green Jobs Council for Supply Chain Sustainability

Corporate sustainability starts with purchasing green inventory and supplies from a green supply chain. Next comes fostering greener jobs.

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Green Jobs Council

At an inaugural meeting of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s "Green Jobs Council," participants identified their top catalysts for creating green jobs, including government policies, executive leadership for sustainability programs, and market drivers such as increased customer demand.

Top barriers identified by the group include a lack of a trained workforce and lack of access to capital, especially in the current economic environment.

Green Supply Chain

Wal-Mart has established a partnership with many of its leading sustainability suppliers to facilitate the creation of green jobs in the United States. The Wal-Mart Green Jobs Council is comprised of representatives from throughout the retailer's divisions, including store operations, real estate, logistics and sustainability, and representatives from suppliers across a variety of industries.

Corporate Sustainability Goals

As part of its company-wide sustainability goals, Wal-Mart is committed to being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, creating zero waste and selling environmentally-friendly products. The company is moving toward these goals by using sustainable sourcing practices including energy efficiency, waste reduction, renewable energy and lifecycle management. These initiatives are making Wal-Mart a more sustainable company and helping create a favorable environment for green job creation.

Participants are also working to more clearly define standards for green jobs and to work collaboratively towards facilitating green job development. More than 30 suppliers participated in the inaugural meeting, including large and small companies such as BP Solar, Dematic, General Electric, HydroPoint Data Systems, Lennox, ReCold, Schneider Electric, SwissLog, Systecon, Thermastor, and Zurn.

Green Job Development

"Wal-Mart's Green Jobs Council is driving collaboration among a variety of companies that are focused on America's most valuable resource: the American worker," said Christopher Spain, chairman and chief strategy officer for HydroPoint Data Systems in Petaluma, Calif. "To overcome both rising unemployment and dwindling natural resources, we must invest in our nation's workforce through the development of jobs that preserve the environment for generations to come. I believe the goals of the Green Jobs Council are highly achievable."



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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