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Wal-Mart Canada Invites Competitors to Green Business Summit

wm gsCompetitors of Wal-Mart Canada, including Loblaws, Home Depot, Staples and Best Buy, are playing nice for sustainability, having accepted an invitation to Wal-Mart Canada’s Feb. 10 Green Business Summit in Vancouver, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The move echoes Wal-Mart’s decision to engage Kroger in U.S. discussions about its sustainability index. At the time, the retailer also invited Target and Costco to related meetings.

Wal-Mart’s meeting in Canada – coming symbolically just a day before the Olympics kick off – should bring together about 300 leaders from the government, NGOs and business to discuss energy efficiency, waste management and the like.

Wal-Mart business partners on the participant list reads like a who’s-who of Fortune 500 firms. Among the firms are 3M, Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Kellogg Canada, Kraft, L’OREAL, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, SC Johnson, Sony, Unilever, according to a press release.

“For the good of the planet we must share sustainable business practices across all business sectors. We have a huge opportunity to drive environmental collaboration,” said David Cheesewright, President & CEO of Walmart Canada.

Competitor Canadian Tire said it viewed its participation in the summit as a platform to discuss its “leadership position” in sustainability.

For a full list of companies participating, click here.

Here’s a video about the summit.

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One thought on “Wal-Mart Canada Invites Competitors to Green Business Summit

  1. I think it is comendable to be engaging a number of the Olympic sponsors and other industry leaders in a conversation on sustainability issues. What sort of actions does WalMart propose to take to ensure that the communities where it places stores are sustainable from an environmental and economic perspective. WalMart does not have a very good track record particularly around building on wetlands.

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