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In 2004, while news stories portrayed Walmart as an unthinking despoiler of the natural world, CEO Lee Scott teamed up with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting to make the retailing giant greener. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes describes Walmart’s voyage to environmental enlightenment. He recounts Walmart’s well-known dark side – for instance, its often-criticized employment policies – and wonders if any business so large can be sustainable. But Humes illuminates Walmart’s worldwide leadership and innovation regarding sustainability and proves that green business can be a fiscal plus. Initially, Walmart became notably more green not necessarily because it was the right thing to do, but because it was profitable. And like the Grinch that stole Christmas, Walmart’s actions appear to have made its heart grow a few sizes. Sustainability has become a foundation of how the retail giant does business; it earns profits and good press, and the planet benefits. getAbstract recommends this quick, uplifting read about an international giant getting green to face the future.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Walmart came to pursue companywide sustainability;
  • How the retailer’s “Sustainability Value Networks” found innovative, eco-friendly solutions; and
  • How Walmart’s comprehensive “Index” will revolutionize the retail industry’s practices.
 

About the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes is the author of the bestseller Mississippi Mud.

 

Summary

The Walmart Way
Propelled by its core mission of serving up savings, Walmart grew from a “pile it high, sell it cheap” department store in Arkansas to a multinational powerhouse dominating several retail categories. Determined to offer customers the best deals, Walmart routinely undercuts...

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