27 September 2007 | Paul Snell
Wal-Mart is to measure the energy its suppliers use in an attempt to make them more efficient.
The supermarket has teamed up with not-for-profit group Carbon Disclosure Project to see how much energy is used to create certain products in its supply chain, and try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The project will initially look at the carbon footprint of seven product categories; DVDs, toothpaste, soap, milk, beer, vacuum cleaners and fizzy drinks. It will examine how much energy is used in the procurement, manufacturing and distribution stages.
"We are grateful to our suppliers for their input and participation," said Jim Stanway, senior director of Wal-Mart's global supply chain initiatives. "This is a learning process and the members of this group are pioneers addressing some of the biggest challenges in the world today."
Earlier this year the firm announced plans to grade its electronics suppliers on the sustainability of their products. Buyers at the supermarket use a scorecard completed by suppliers, which measures energy efficiency, durability and length of life to influence their purchasing decisions.