At Walmart, we’re embedding a regenerative mindset at every level of our business. Associates here are empowered and encouraged to bring forward ideas to help us on our journey to becoming a regenerative company.
Regeneration for Walmart is not just a business strategy — it’s a new mindset and a new way of operating. It’s a realization that it is no longer sufficient to “do less harm” — we must actively “do more good” in an effort to leave our planet, communities and people better than we found them.
Our associates have shifted from asking “what should we do?” to “let’s figure it out together.”
It’s because of this mindset shift and collaboration across the business that we have been able to make so many significant changes in the last year, including:
And today, we are marking the milestone of officially eliminating all single-use plastic shopping bags across our more than 400 stores — a move that could prevent more than 680 million bags from going to landfill each year!
And while we’re making strides in sustainability, regeneration goes even further than that. We’re also taking the lead in community initiatives. There is a real recognition that all environmental impacts are social impacts, and we must continue to do more to strengthen our communities. Which is why we continue to be a leader in providing support for our national charity partners, while also stepping up to support newcomers to Canada from countries such as Afghanistan and Ukraine.
What’s most exciting is that — even after 10 years of leadership in sustainability — there is a real energy across the business to do more! This year, we’re exploring circular business models, focusing on local communities via events and volunteering, and bringing our customers along on the journey.
The drive to innovate, generate ideas and participate in regeneration is so strong within our associates — I'm really looking forward to what comes next for Walmart.
Our goal is for Walmart to be a regenerative company, but also to share our learnings so others can progress along their own path to regeneration.
So that, one day, a merchant at another retailer can send an email to their ESG team, saying, “I really want to find a way to bring sustainability for toys into our communities across the country … just like Walmart did!”