Wal-Mart Announces Initial Results of Packaging Scorecard; Scorecard Evaluates Suppliers on the Sustainability of Their Packaging

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the
second annual Sustainable Packaging Exposition, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
(NYSE: WMT) released the initial results of its Packaging Scorecard. The
scorecard, which was officially unveiled at the Clinton Global Initiative
in September 2006 and launched on February 1, 2007, evaluates Wal-Mart and
Sam's Club suppliers on the sustainability of their packaging and offers
suggestions for improvement. The results from the first month of operation
show active use of the scorecard and a strong interest from product
suppliers to make their packaging more sustainable. The scorecard
implementation is Wal-Mart's next step in moving toward achieving a five
percent reduction in packaging by 2013.

"Wal-Mart has made a commitment to reducing waste in packaging in order
to sustain our resources and environment and to reduce total system costs,"
said Matt Kistler, senior vice president of marketing, research, and
insights for Sam's Club and captain of Wal-Mart's Packaging Sustainability
Network. "We are in a unique position to drive positive change in the area
of sustainability by working with our suppliers. The packaging scorecard
helps everyone make better decisions that are good for business, our
customers and the environment."

In the first month, 2,268 vendors have logged on to the site and 117
products have been entered into the system, and Wal-Mart expects these
numbers to dramatically increase in the coming year. The scorecard
evaluates the sustainability of product packaging based on greenhouse gas
emissions related to production, material value, product to packaging
ratio, cube utilization, recycled content usage, innovation, the amount of
renewable energy used to manufacture the packaging, the recovery value of
the raw materials and emissions related to transportation of the packaging
materials. These criteria are valuable tools for suppliers to determine how
their packaging innovations, environmental standards, energy efficiencies
and use of materials compare to their peers. Suppliers will receive a score
per package relative to their peers in each category.

Full Official WalMart Press Release here!!

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