Wal-Mart also announces it intends to reduce waste produced in Canada by
65% and greenhouse gas emissions by 25% over five years
MONTREAL, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - At the first Green Fair for Quebec suppliers
offering organic, ecological or fair trade products, held jointly by Wal-Mart
and the Fédération des chambres de Commerce du Québec, Wal-Mart released its
first report on its "Purchased in Quebec" program, which came into effect in
June, 2006. The company also confirmed its commitment to sustainability
through a program which aims to reduce waste produced by its Canadian stores
by 65% and greenhouse gases by 25% over the next five years.
"Achat-Québec" a success
"Our "Achat-Québec" program had two key objectives," said Mario Pilozzi,
president of Wal-Mart Canada at the Green Fair organized in Montreal. "It
aimed to ensure that Wal-Mart purchase more goods from Quebec suppliers and to
encourage our clients to buy Quebec products. We also wanted to reinforce the
business relationship we established upon our arrival in Quebec with the
thousands of suppliers here. We can now state without a doubt that the
achievement of these objectives is well underway."
Chantal Glenisson, vice-president of operations for Eastern Canada for
Wal-Mart Canada, indicated that, "Since the launch of this program, Wal-Mart
has increased its payments to Quebec-based companies by $230 million. Over 319
new participants have been added to the list of Quebec suppliers, for a total
of 1,669 companies as of August, 2007."
Wal-Mart's supplier tour began in Montreal and Quebec City in 2005 and
continued in regions throughout Quebec, notably in St-Georges-de-Beauce,
Magog-Orford, at the Carrefour Manufacturier in Drummondville, in
Ste-Agathe-des-Monts and in Rivière-du-Loup last June at the "Rendez-vous
Acadie-Québec". Close to 1,000 companies expressing their interest were
contacted over the course of the year.
Commitment to sustainability
Pointing out that this Green Fair is an important step in the mutual
commitment by Wal-Mart and its suppliers to sustainable products, Mr. Pilozzi
recalled that the objectives in waste reduction and greenhouse gas reduction
that Wal-Mart and its stores are striving to achieve are part of a fundamental
business approach: "For us, the sustainability of the environment isn't an
isolated initiative, but rather an integral part of our operations. We firmly
believe that sustainability must become the pillar of our day-to-day work."
Two years ago, Wal-Mart developed an action plan for environmental
excellence in its operations. Over the long term, this plan aims at zero waste
production, the use of 100% renewable energy and offering consumers ecological
products. As part of this plan, waste in Canada will be reduced this year by
at least 87 million kg and Co2 gases by about 20,000 tonnes.
About Wal-Mart Canada's Quebec Operations
Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 290 outlets nationwide, with 52 based in
Quebec. The company employs more than 70,000 Canadians and has been ranked one
of the best companies to work for in Canada four out of the past five years by
international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business
Magazine. In Quebec, the Company has approximately 1,669 suppliers and employs
over 12,000 people in its 52 stores. Wal-Mart purchases more than
$1.75 billion of goods from Quebec suppliers annually.
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