Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Company accused of greenwashing

March 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — Walmart''s heavily-promoted sustainability initiatives have done more to improve the company''s image than to help the environment; however, their image is called in to question as reports have surfaced of increased greenhouse gas emissions, according to a press release.

The retail giant''s commitment to renewable energy is also called into question in the report as, at its current pace, Walmart will need roughly 300 years to reach its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy, the release stated.

According to the release, Walmart has also been criticized for the "little progress" the store has made towards its goal of developing the sustainability index for consumer products that it launched in 2009.

A report, entitled Walmart''s Greenwash, also showed the company to be slightly behind on its target of a 20 percent cut in emissions from stores, clubs and distribution centers by 2012, from a 2005 baseline, the release noted.

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