Whole Foods Questions Sincerity of Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Efforts
Whole Foods, with 39,000 employees, $4.7 billion in annual sales, and 187 locations in North America and the U.K., has taken a strong stance on the environment. With consumers around world focusing on sustainability and global responsibility, Walter Robb, co-president, Whole Foods, believes other companies will have no choice but to follow. One of those companies is Wal-Mart, according to Corporate Board member, which has announced a goal of being powered exclusively by renewable energy and producing zero waste.
Wal-Mart has also made a foray into organic food, but, according to Robb, just because Wal-Mart decides to sell something doesn’t mean the Wal-Mart consumer is going to buy it. In order to sell organic food a company needs to spend time educating customers.
Wal-Mart is “looking around for how they can grow, and one of their answers is, ‘Well, we’ll be more sustainable and we’ll sell more organic.’ This is a strategy for them, as well as a feel-good thing,” Robb said.
Robb points out that one positive aspect of Wal-Mart’s green makeover is that other businesses have to believe that sustainability is here to stay.
“We can all agree that it’s a good thing for the planet,” Robb said. “I don’t know that Wal-Mart thinks that as much as it thinks that’s a business game for them.”
Energy Manager News
- IRS to Buildings Owners: “We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help”
- CT Hospital, Soltage, Tenaska Unveil Solar Plant
- FAA Pays to Upgrade Airport Hangar Heating
- Maryland Electric Coops Mount FERC Challenge to Community Solar Garden Retail Prices
- SEIA Releases Updated Version of ‘Guide to Federal Tax Incentives’
- Energy Efficiency and Waste Disposal Grow Closer
- Worcester School Gets Grant to Complete LED Retrofit
- Cree Recalls Lamps