Walmart Sustainability

We dont expect to get rich on this ours is as

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Unformatted text preview: environmental issue as a marketing ploy,” he said. “We don’t expect to get rich on this…. Ours is as selfless a campaign as anything I’ve worked on.”4 Lyn Denend prepared this case under the supervision of Professor Erica Plambeck as the basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation. It was updated in 2010 Copyright © 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved. To order copies or request permission to reproduce materials, e-mail the Case Writing Office at: [email protected] or write: Case Writing Office, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5015. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, used in a spreadsheet, or transmitted in any form or by any means –– electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise –– without the permission of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Every effort has been made to respect copyright and to contact copyright holders as appropriate. If you are a copyright holder and have concerns about any material appearing in this case study, please contact the Case Writing Office at [email protected] Walmart’s Sustainability Strategy (A) OIT-71A p. 2 Regardless of the motive, the company did earn some “goodwill among environmentalists [as] the first major retailer to speak out in favor of the environment in 1989.”5 When vendors claimed they had made environmental improvements to products, Walmart began promoting the products to consumers with “green” shelf tags (without measuring or monitoring the improvements themselves). At one point, the company had as many as 300 products with green tags in its stores. However, not all the press received by the company was positive. In response to Walmart’s 1989 campaign, Procter & Gamble labeled a brand of their paper towels as “green” when the inner tube was made...
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