Wal-Mart implements packaging ‘scorecard’

Bentonville Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores will begin using a new packaging "scorecard" for suppliers today in an effort to track suppliers’ “progress towards using sustainable packaging.”

The program was first introduced by the Clinton Global Initiative in 2006 and was put through a trial phase last year. The company said it hopes the new scorecard will help it reach a goal of using 5 percent less packaging by 2013.

“The packaging scorecard helps everyone make better decisions that are good for business, our customers and the environment,” explained Matt Kistler, senior vp-sustainability at Wal-Mart. “It’s important to us that our suppliers see the intrinsic value behind sustainability, both for their business and the environment.”

As of Jan. 30, the company had more than 97,000 items entered into its scorecard by more than 6,000 vendors.