Policy Mic, April 16, 2012
A new report by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has accused Walmart of greenwashing. In recent years, the retail giant has won praise from everyone from Al Gore to Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp for its efforts to green its global supply chain. But the ILSR says, “Walmart’s sustainability campaign has done more to improve the company’s image than the environment.” According to the Institute, Walmart still only generates two percent of its U.S. electricity from wind and solar resources, and routinely donates money to political candidates who vote against the environment.
Walmart has responded by noting that it is serious about its commitment to reduce 20 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2015. In a world in which companies compete by trying to win the hearts of green consumers, how can we tell who is the real deal?