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WEC's Yosie and Fuller: "10 Things Business Schools Must Teach About Sustainable Development"

WEC's President & CEO Terry F. Yosie and Sustainability Program Manager Virginia Fuller discuss what is important for new business leaders to learn in order to successfully realize sustainability goals within an organization.

The article, entitled "10 Things Business Schools Much Teach About Sustainable Development," builds on a discussion that took place during WEC's Roundtable event "Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Implement Sustainable Development," held September 16-17, 2010, in Washington, DC. The article was published on November 22, 2010, in GreenBiz.com and can be accessed here.

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WEC Annual Review 2009-2010

Highlights of WEC's activities, 2009-2010
Click below for the 2009-2010 World Environment Center Annual Review.
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WEC Closes Cleaner Production Partnership Private Sector Project in San Salvador

This month the World Environment Center celebrated the successful completion of its project “Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships,” funded by the U.S. Department of State in Guatemala and El Salvador. Thirty eight companies participated in the project to receive technical assistance resulting in a combined total savings of over $425,000 in 18 months. As part of the CAFTA-DR's Private Sector Environmental Performance Program, the U.S. Department of State funded WEC to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in both Guatemala and El Salvador save money and protect the environment by strengthening business processes, decreasing waste and natural resource usage, and increasing savings and efficiencies. A final report on the successes and lessons learned from the project will be released in Fall 2010. Please contact WEC if you are interested in receiving more information. Roxana de Castillo speaks at the closing ceremonies of WEC’s Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnership Project in San Salvador on September 23, 2010:

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WEC cited in GreenBiz.com: "10 Things to Know About Engaging Suppliers for Green Programs"

WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie quoted in GreenBiz.com
WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie weighs in on the role of supply chain modifications in achieving corporate sustainability goals; read the full article here.
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WEC Roundtable: "Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Implement Sustainable Development"

WEC Roundtable | September 16 and 17, 2010

“Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Implement Sustainable Development”


Hosted by IBM Corporation and F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.

The acceleration of sustainable development initiatives in the marketplace has stimulated a variety of responses from global companies and the business schools producing the next generation of leaders for those companies. In addition, government policies, economic trends, and the expectations of current and future employees all affect sustainability activities in corporations and business schools but remain disparate in actions and results. Within this context, WEC’s Roundtable focused on three major questions:

  • How is sustainable development currently integrated into business school curricula?
  • What skills does industry want its new employees to have?
  • How will sustainable development evolve in the future, and how must global companies and business schools prepare to respond?

Read WEC's one-page summary of the event

 

Panelists (L to R) Liz Maw (Net Impact), Eric Orts (Wharton), and Thomas Lyon (University of Michigan) discuss sustainability in business school curricula with Moderator Jane Nelson (Harvard University), September 16, 2010:
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Walmart Centroamérica and the World Environment Center Achieve Significant Energy and Environmental Improvements in El Salvador and Guatemala Supplier Projects

San Salvador, El Salvador, Sept. 16, 2010 – The World Environment Center (WEC), together with Walmart Centroamérica, presented today the final results of their “Greening the Supply Chain” project that launched in January 2009. Over 18 months, from January 2009 through July 2010, 19 suppliers to Walmart Centroamérica actively participated in the program. Some of the most significant successes from these companies include: reduction in fuel usage, minimization of waste water, energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Notable savings include:

  • Energy savings: 52.6 megawatt hours
  • Fuel oil savings: 80,937 gallons
  • Product recovery: 1,159 tons
  • Water savings: 3,222 cubic meters
  • CO2 emissions reduction: 988 tons
  • Waste water reduction: 4,758 tons

These activities are an important part of WEC’s Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships (CPP) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The local suppliers, mainly in the food and beverage sector, that participated in the program strengthened their competitiveness and increased productivity and economic growth.

“We found this project to be a direct extension of our efforts with our suppliers, focusing on sustainable growth and driven by economic incentives,” said Claudia de Ibañez, manager of Corporate Affairs for Walmart Centroamérica in El Salvador.

The Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships (CPP) program promotes best practices and technologies among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in El Salvador and Guatemala by creating partnerships with multinational companies and industrial sector associations. Walmart Centroamérica incorporated its suppliers’ participation in the CPP project through its “Una Mano para Crecer” (A Hand to Grow) supplier development program.

Through the CPP activities, Walmart Centroamérica’s SME suppliers developed the ability to improve their production processes both in terms of sustainability and efficiency. This resulted in greater ability to realize cost savings, strengthen industrial health and safety practices, reduce the use of natural resources, and minimize solid waste. These activities represent a few of the program’s successes, which combined produced a total of $US 426,123 in savings (from investments totaling $US 222,785) over the term of the program.

“Walmart’s participation in this project was a key driver of its success. The SMEs have implemented action plans, based on the recommendations of the Project team, that have not only enhanced their best practices but also have guided them to realize better efficiencies in operations, more sustainable methodologies, and noteworthy cost savings,” said Ernesto Samayoa, Project Director and Director of Latin America Operations for WEC.

About Walmart de México y Centroamérica Walmart de México y Centroamérica is the leading retail company in the region, with 528 stores and about 30,000 associates in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In México, it is one of the most important commercial chains and operates 1,472 stores. In 2009, Walmart de México approved the acquisition of 100% of shares from Walmart Centroamérica.

The company serves communities where it operates, with five store formats (supermarkets, hypermarkets, “bodega stores”, discount stores, and membership clubs), as well as an agro-industrial unit that supplies produce and private brand products. Walmart de México y Centroamérica's vision is to improve the quality of life for Mexican and Central American families. Annually, it supports different causes related to nutrition, SMEs development and sustainability, among others, benefiting more than 80,000 people in the region.

About World Environment Center The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC conducts no advocacy activities.

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International Paper joins WEC

INTERNATIONAL PAPER JOINS WORLD ENVIRONMENT CENTER TO ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

(Washington, D.C.) September 8, 2010 – International Paper (NYSE: IP), a global paper and packaging company, today announced that it has joined the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization, to advance its business commitments and practices in enhancing sustainable development across its value chain.

International Paper employs more than 60,000 people across its worldwide business operations that include an extensive North American merchant distribution system with primary markets and manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. In 2010, International Paper was named No. 1 for the eighth consecutive year in the Forest Products sector of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies list. Ethisphere magazine also listed International Paper as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the fourth consecutive year.

“Partnering with a credible, well-established organization like the World Environment Center is just another step in our sustainability commitments,” said David Kiser, IP’s vice president, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability. “Exploring creative sustainable development strategies with WEC will help us in furthering our overall stewardship efforts. It will also support our work in sustaining socially responsible business practices, improving our environmental footprint, and increasing economic returns.”

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, extended his welcome to WEC’s newest member by stating, “Applying thought leadership as a means to take practical actions that create value for business and society is WEC’s unique mission.  International Paper is rapidly advancing the implementation of sustainable development across its global business operations, and WEC looks forward to both learning from and assisting the company’s progress.”

About International Paper: International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers, industrial and consumer packaging and distribution. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs about 60,000 people in more than 20 countries and serves customers worldwide. 2009 net sales were more than $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit www.internationalpaper.com.

About the World Environment Center: The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please go to www.wec.org

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WEC and IMD Announce Partnership

World Environment Center and the Center for Corporate Sustainability Management at IMD Form Partnership to Advance Sustainable Business Solutions

July 12, 2010 - The World Environment Center (WEC) and the Center for Corporate Sustainability Management at IMD announced the formation of a joint partnership to assist global companies in implementing sustainable development in their business strategies and operations.  The partnership will enable both of these leading non-profit sustainability institutions to achieve greater scale and impact in their respective initiatives and involve a growing number of thought leaders to advise and assist global companies to improve their business performance.

 Click here to view the press release and the MOU.

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WEC Presents on Greening the Supply Chain at Ross School of Business/ERB Insititute

Gwen Davidow, WEC's Senior Director of Corporate Programs & Operations, discussed WEC's Greening the Supply Chain Projects at a conference, "Informing Green Markets", sponsored by the ERB Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.  For a copy of the presentation, click here.

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WEC and Shanghai GM Announce Results of 2009 Greening the Supply Chain Project

WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 14, 2010—The World Environment Center (WEC) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM) today announced the results of their 2009 “Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.” The 2009 project involved 125 Tier 1 suppliers that make a variety of automobile products and parts for SGM-produced automobiles in China’s domestic market.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 14, 2010—The World Environment Center (WEC) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM) today announced the results of their 2009 “Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.”  The 2009 project involved 125 Tier 1 suppliers that make a variety of automobile products and parts for SGM-produced automobiles in China’s domestic market.

 

SGM's Greening the Supplier China Initiative is the most comprehensive undertaking of its kind among all Chinese auto manufacturers. In 2005, GM China introduced the best practices of a Green Supplier Chain program with the help of GM global public policy team to SGM. It was then implemented as a small pilot program involving 8 suppliers of SGM. It has since progressed to market scale in subsequent years.  SGM is a joint venture between General Motors and the Shanghai Automotive International Corporation.

The project goal is to advance sustainable development in SGM’s national supply chain by working directly with suppliers to reduce the environmental impacts of their manufacturing processes.  Results from the 2009 project include:

 

  • Reduction of over one million tons of water among participating suppliers.
  • Decreases of over eighty million kW/hours of energy use.
  • Elimination of over fifty-five thousand tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reduced raw material costs per unit of output.
  • Improved cycle time and the ability to be more responsive to customer needs.

 

“Shanghai General Motors has been a leader in implementing a green supply chain focus to its business operations,” concluded Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President & CEO.  “By managing sustainable development initiatives through a business process, SGM has improved the energy and environmental performance across its supply chain, built stronger customer-supplier relationships and increased its ability to adapt to evolving governmental requirements.”  For a copy of the recent presentation on WEC-SGM 2009 project results, please connect to this link.

 

WEC has managed a number of greening the supply chain projects in recent years.  In addition to China, WEC’s projects were implemented in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Romania. 

 

For more information on WEC’s work in this area, please contact Gwen Davidow at gdavidow@wec.org. 

 

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WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie to addres the B4E Global Summit held in Seoul, S. Korea

Business for Environment Global Summit (B4E) is the largest gathering of leaders from business, government, NGOs and the media and will be the first major multi-stakeholder gathering of leaders after Copenhagen. The agenda for the Summit will include in-depth discussions on the outcome of Copenhagen summit, resource and energy efficiency, green growth strategies, clean tech innovations and partnerships.

The 4th annual summit will be held in Seoul, South Korea on April 21 – 23, 2010. The conference will attract CEOs and senior executives from some of the world’s largest multinational corporations, leaders from governments, international agencies, and NGOs.


WEC President and CEO Terry F. Yosie’s remarks at the B4E Summit, “Creating Value for Business and Society Through More Sustainable Supply Chains,” can be downloaded here.

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The Coca-Cola Company, FEMSA and the World Environment Center Launch Cleaner Production Partnership in Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica – March 16th, 2010. The Coca-Cola Company, FEMSA and the World Environment Center (WEC) announced today the launch of an innovative partnership to expand the sustainable development commitments of Coca-Cola and FEMSA’s Costa Rican suppliers by reducing energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and raw material usage and lowering operating costs. This partnership is supported by the United States Department of State through its “Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships” program. Coca-Cola and FEMSA are both World Environment Center member companies.

The specific objectives of the partnership are to enhance sustainable development practices in local companies to reduce water and energy consumption, minimize waste and raw material use, and maximize operational savings. Through the WEC partnership, selected Coca-Cola and FEMSA small and medium-sized local suppliers in Costa Rica will be trained by WEC and develop action plans to improve their manufacturing operations and product distribution systems, resulting in energy, water, raw material and economic savings. This training, and the follow-up given to the participating companies, will allow Coca-Cola and FEMSA suppliers to minimize environmental effects while improving their productivity and competitiveness. The project is planned for 16 months.

“Sustainability is part of our long term plans in creating value shared by our business, our partners and the communities that we serve. By involving our suppliers in these activities, it is one more way for us to affirm our philosophy of corporate citizenship,” said Pablo Largacha, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola.

Arturo Campos, Director of Corporate Affairs for Coca-Cola FEMSA, stated that this project reinforces the commitment that the company has to environmental issues. “One of the main pillars of Coca-Cola FEMSA is to realize benefits to Costa Ricans through sustainable production throughout its supply chain,’ he said. “This alliance will doubtlessly be well received by our providers.”

Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President and CEO applauded both companies for their leadership in applying sustainable development across their business operations. “What happens on the ground is the truest measure of a company’s leadership and progress, and Coca-Cola and FEMSA are advancing their objectives through business initiatives that are making their supply chains more people and earth friendly.”

This initiative is led by Ernesto Samayoa, WEC’s Director of Operations for Latin America, with the direct cooperation from Coca-Cola and FEMSA.
About World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and its regional office is located in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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WEC presenting at NBM's Series, For the Greener Good, on Green Supply Chains

March 11, 2010, 6:30 - 8:00 pm National Building Museum

How can you tell if a piece of lumber, CFL light bulb or bamboo flooring is really “green?” And does “green” mean environmentally friendly, a lower carbon footprint, or manufactured in a socially responsible manner?

A discussion with:
Gwen Davidow, Director, Corporate Programs, World Environment Center
Kirsten Richie, Director of Sustainability, Gensler
Nadav Malin, President, BuildingGreen
Ken Langer, President, Architectural Energy Corporation (moderator)

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Marriott International and The World Environment Center Launch Cleaner Production Partnership in Central America

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Jan. 19 - Marriott International and the World Environment Center (WEC) announced today the launch of an innovative partnership to further strengthen the environmental commitment of Marriott's Costa Rican suppliers by reducing energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and raw material usage and lowering operating costs. Marriott is the newest member of the World Environment Center. This initiative is part of a program called "Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships" supported by the United States Department of State.

Building on more than 20 years of energy conservation experience, Marriott is committed to protecting the environment and addressing climate change through their Spirit To Preserve™ program. The greening of Marriott's $10 billion supply chain is a key part of this effort.

Through the WEC partnership, a group of Marriott's small and medium-sized local suppliers in Costa Rica will be trained by WEC to improve their manufacturing operations and maximize efficiencies in their facilities, resulting in energy, water, raw material and economic savings. This training, and the follow-up given to the participating companies, will allow Marriott suppliers to minimize environmental effects while improving their productivity and competitiveness.

"At Marriott we are committed to working with our suppliers on a global scale, to build a sustainable supply chain of worldwide value and recognition," said Bill Hartwig, Marriott's Vice President, Supplier Relations and International Procurement, "and we work with the suppliers to incentivize them to use specific tools and training that will help us achieve that goal together."

Hartwig emphasized that through this partnership with WEC in Costa Rica, supplier best practices will be developed that can help strengthen the many communities where the company operates.

Terry F. Yosie, WEC's President and CEO, said that the partnership with Marriott will encourage sustainable economic development in the local communities where the suppliers operate. He added, "Minimizing the environmental impact, taking full advantage of the resources, and achieving sustainable clean production are our main objectives."

The program is managed by Ernesto Samayoa, WEC's Director of Operations for Latin America, with the direct cooperation from four of Costa Rica’s Marriott hotels:

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, Costa Rica Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu and Residence Inn by Marriott San Jose Escazu.

The partnership between WEC and Marriott was officially launched on January 18th at the Costa Rica Marriott.

About Marriott International
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,300 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com. For an interactive online version of Marriott's 2008 Annual Report, which includes a short video message from Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., visit www.marriott.com/investor.

About World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices of member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC's mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. WEC has 45 multinational companies that are industry leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility, including: Coca Cola, IBM, General Motors, Dow Chemical, Intel, CEMEX, Shell, F. Hoffman La-Roche, Boeing, Wal-Mart Stores, and Marriott International.

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The Energy and Resources Institute, Yale University and World Environment Center to Present Strategies for Managing Climate Change and Water Vulnerability at Copenhagen Climate Summit

WASHINGTON D.C., Dec. 08 /CSRwire/ - The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Yale University and the World Environment Center (WEC) will host a special event on "Climate Change and Water Vulnerability: Strategies and Practices for Emerging Water Management and Governance Challenges" on December 12 from 2:30-3:45p.m. at the historic Kronborg Castle in Copenhagen.

Representatives from TERI and The Coca-Cola Company will examine critical inter-related global challenges of climate change and water supply access and vulnerability. The review of these critical issues will be accompanied by the public release of a TERI White Paper entitled "Climate Change and Water Vulnerability: Strategies and Practices for Emerging Water Management and Governance Challenges." The TERI/Yale/WEC event will be held in conjunction with a special event organized by the Copenhagen Climate Council and the United Nations Global Compact. Descriptions of each event are available online at http://www.copenhagenclimatecouncil.com/get-informed/news/to-be-or-not-to-be-new-leadership-for-a-sustainable-economy.html

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) assessed in depth the complex linkages between climate change and water," noted Dr. R.K. Pachauri, TERI Director General and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Based on projects of the IPCC report it becomes clear that not very far in the future some parts of the world would have large numbers of people living under water stress, such as 75 to 250 million people in Africa alone by 2020. There is, therefore, an urgent need to assess the impacts of climate change on water and devise adaptation measures including management structures and processes by which we can deal with this challenge. The white paper prepared for this Summit provides a comprehensive assessment of this challenge, and TERI as well as the Yale Climate and Energy Institute greatly appreciate the involvement and support of Coca-Cola towards this useful exercise." "As a beverage company, we know how important water is to humans, businesses and ecosystems," said Jeff Seabright, Coca-Cola's Vice President for Environment and Water Resources. "Climate change will further stress water resources in the coming decades. This report is a wake-up call that we need to get serious about managing this precious resource as part of a climate adaptation strategy."

"Climate change is expanding the vulnerability of both people and ecosystems to disruptive impacts such as increased frequency and intensity of weather events, alteration of agricultural productivity and access to potable water supplies," noted Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President and CEO. "Focused, collaborative action among business, government, non-governmental organizations and citizens is essential to our ability to resolve the challenges that lie ahead."

This White Paper was developed with support from The Coca-Cola Company.

This announcement is also available through CSRWire.

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Walmart Stores to Receive 2010 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

WASHINGTON D.C., Dec. 07 /CSRwire/ - The World Environment Center's (WEC) Twenty-Sixth Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Walmart for its commitment to alter the way products are sourced, manufactured, delivered, sold, and disposed.

Walmart's Signature Contribution, Building a More Responsible Supply Chain, was cited by the independent international Gold Medal Jury as a bold commitment and an innovative business strategy that is integrated into its business operations and across its global supply chain.

Lee Scott, Chairman of the Executive Committee for Walmart's Board of Directors, said: "Walmart is honored to accept the prestigious Gold Medal award. We are committed to continually becoming a better company by looking at our entire business-from the products we offer to the energy we use-through the lens of sustainability and responsible sourcing. We believe that Walmart can play a powerful role in protecting our environment and our earth's natural resources while providing our customers with even greater visibility into the lifecycle of the products we sell."

"The jury is proud to select Walmart as the 26th recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal Award. With 8,000 retail units and more than 100,000 suppliers, Walmart's outstanding efforts in sustainable practices will continue to make a difference in the lives of consumers around the world," said the Gold Medal Jury Chairman Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Scott will accept the Gold Medal Award on behalf of the company and its employees at the 26th Gold Medal Presentation gala on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The World Environment Center's Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development.

The WEC Gold Medal Jury is independent of the WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and retired industry professionals.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or "Walmart," serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 7,900 retail units under 62 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2009 sales of $401 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.1 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine's 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com.

About World Environment Center
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business practices of its member companies in partnership with government and other stakeholders. WEC's activities and operations are global in scope, and it is unique in providing direct, on-the-ground support to companies to improve their performance, and that of their business partners, across the value chain.

Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: The Coca-Cola Company (2009), Marks & Spencer (2008), Alcan Inc (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003) and CEMEX (2002).

This news item is also available through CSRwire.

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World Environment Center Elects Six New Global Leaders To Its Board Of Directors

Washington, D.C., Dec. 03 /CSRwire/ - The World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to assist global companies implement sustainable development in their business strategies and operations, today announced the appointment of six global leaders to its Board of Directors. The new Board Members illustrate the diverse makeup of the WEC Board including representation from a variety of non-profit and business sectors, and different geographic regions.

The new Board members are:

  • Mary K. Armstrong, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, Engineering, Operations & Technology-Boeing (U.S.)
  • Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business—Marks & Spencer (U.K.)
  • Allard S. Castelein, Vice President, Environment, Royal Dutch Shell-(Netherlands)
  • Neil Hawkins, Vice President for EH&S and Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.)
  • Ursula Mathar, Vice President for Environment and Sustainability, Bayer AG (Germany)
  • Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, The Energy and Resources Institute-India

 

Each of the new Board members will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2010.

"The participation of individuals of such stature and influence will extend the World Environment Center’s leadership capabilities," stated WEC Chairman Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM. "As the sustainability agenda advances, creative leadership for developing business solutions to global problems becomes even more important."

In addition to these appointments, the Board elected the following individuals as its 2010 Officers: Mr. Balta, Chairman, Board of Directors; Jeff Seabright, Vice President, Environment and Water Resources, The Coca-Cola Company (U.S), Vice Chairman; Dr. Peter Schnurrenberger, Head, Corporate Safety, Health & Environmental Protection, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Switzerland), Vice Chairman; and Paul Hagen, Attorney at Law, Beveridge & Diamond (U.S.), Secretary-Treasurer.

"The appointment of this group of global leaders to the Board of Directors, together with a re-affirmation of the World Environment Center's unique value and strategy-based on capacity building, knowledge application and competency building, and honoring business excellence-continues to differentiate the organization and increase its opportunities to address critical sustainability challenges," noted WEC's President & CEO Dr. Terry F. Yosie.

 

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