Twenty-four of Canada's largest corporations to provide final report
on sustainability commitment made at Walmart Green Business Summit
VANCOUVER, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada and many of Canada's largest corporations today announced the results of initiatives promised one year ago at the Walmart Green Business Summit. The updates are available on www.ShareGreen.ca.
Walmart Canada posed the Sustainability Challenge to prominent Canadian companies at the Walmart Green Business Summit on February 10, 2010. The companies signed the following commitment: "My organization will launch a major sustainability project over the next year in Canada focused on waste, energy, water or sustainable products or services."
Highlights of the earth-saving projects include a new, lighter package for Heinz, makers of Renées Gourmet dressings, which reduced Green House Gas (GHG) emissions during transportation. The switch contributed to the company's reduction in GHG emissions by more than 16.2 percent in 2010.
Kraft Foods partnered with Terra-Cycle to sponsor the "up-cycling" of its snack food packaging into retail items such as tote bags, shower curtains and umbrellas. Kraft Foods diverted more than 590,000 packages from landfills through this program.
"These results show that Canadian companies can make significant and tangible differences by adopting greener business practices," said David Cheesewright, President and CEO of Walmart Canada. "They also show companies can cut costs and create new revenue streams while doing it. We applaud the companies that took on this challenge because their commitment impacts millions of Canadians."
Signatories to the Sustainability Challenge are:
|3M Canada||Kraft Canada Inc.|
|Bissell Inc.||Kruger Products L.P.|
|Canadian Tire Corporation||Maple Leaf Foods|
|Coca-Cola Canada||McDonalds Canada|
|Frito-Lay Canada||Naya Water|
|Greenomics Corporation||Nature's Path Foods|
|Hallmark Canada||Nature's Grilling Products|
|Hewlett-Packard (Canada)||Projecting Change Film Festival|
|H.J. Heinz Company||Richelieu|
|The Home Depot Canada||SC Johnson and Sons|
|Staples Canada Inc||Unilever Canada Inc|
|Spin Master Inc||Walmart Canada|
ShareGreen.ca is a legacy of the Walmart Canada Green Business Summit. The website houses case studies that demonstrate sustainable business initiatives that also deliver to the bottom line. Through collaboration and knowledge-sharing, ShareGreen.ca is designed to drive Canada's move toward sustainable business practice.
About Walmart Canada
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Walmart Canada operates 325 retail outlets nationwide and serves more than one million customers daily. The company's vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its operations through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments. Walmart's global goal is to generate zero waste, to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy, and to sell products that sustain people and the environment.
For further information:
Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
Phone 905-821-2111 ext 4585