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Walmart joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 Programme

December 16, 2016
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Walmart has become the first global retailer to join the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) International programme, following the announcement earlier this year of its membership of the CE100 USA localised network

Each week, the company serves nearly 260 million customers across over 11,000 stores in 28 countries, and has a significant e-commerce operation. Walmart is already working hard to divert waste from landfill, repurpose and reuse materials in the supply chain, and operating a national food recycling programme in the U.S., and sees the CE100 as a unique space to discover new innovation, share best practice, and form new and unexpected collaborations to achieve both local and global goals.

Walmart is pleased to join Circular Economy 100 to share our learnings and learn more from other companies so that we can better engage suppliers and customers. Achieving zero waste is one of Walmart's three sustainability goals. The next frontier is to work closer with suppliers to encourage more circular design in products and packaging, and customers to help them maximise the value of products they buy.

- Laura Phillips, Senior Vice President of sustainability at Walmart

Walmart aims to decouple business growth from waste by setting ambitious operational targets and by using its influence to drive improvements across the supply chain. As a part of its 2025 Sustainability agenda Walmart committed to be supplied by 50 percent renewable energy, achieve zero waste to landfill in its own operations in the U.S., UK, Japan, and Canada, and use 100 percent recyclable packaging in all its U.S. private brand products.