Walmart Makes Progress on Emissions Target By Winning Over Suppliers, CSO Says

An effort to spur Walmart’s suppliers to decarbonize is halfway toward a goal of reducing emissions by 1 gigaton

Walmart CSO Kathleen McLaughlin, pictured in 2017, says Walmart’s approach to engaging with suppliers on climate change is about carrots, not sticks.

Photo: jeenah moon/Reuters

Walmart Inc. Chief Sustainability Officer Kathleen McLaughlin said giving suppliers the tools they need to cut emissions has been key to the progress of the company’s climate strategy.

Last week, Walmart said Project Gigaton, an initiative it started in 2017 to encourage its suppliers to shrink their carbon footprints, was more than halfway toward its goal of avoiding or reducing 1 gigaton—one billion metric tons—of greenhouse-gas emissions from the Bentonville, Ark., retail chain’s value chain.

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