How Walmart plans to achieve zero emissions

This episode originally aired March 1, 2022.[1] When it comes to moving the needle on climate change, one business’s actions are not enough. But if you happen to work for one of the largest retail companies in the world, what you say and do around sustainability and climate can make a huge difference.

Sustainable retail Dive deeper[2] into the latest innovations in sustainability and the retail industry. On this week’s episode of Retail Gets Real, we talk to Walmart Senior Director of Sustainability Zach Freeze about how the company approaches sustainability from the top down, makes big goals, challenges its partners and provides leadership along the way for the whole industry.

“We are in proudly over 10,000 communities around the world. We have over 2 million associates, and the changing climate is going to affect us all,” Freeze says. “And so as Walmart, we have a role to play.” Among those climate goals is to cut emissions to zero[3] across the company’s global operations by 2040. The company’s Project Gigaton[4] was launched to address sustainability within its supply chain and network of suppliers with a goal of reducing emissions by one gigaton by 2030.

Listen to the full podcast to learn more about how sustainability impacts all the functional teams within the company, why transparency with customers and associates is so important and the challenging work yet to be done.


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