Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Monday said that starting next year it will ask its electronics suppliers to evaluate the environmental impact of their products. It will use the assessment to determine which merchandise to sell in its stores.
The world’s largest retailer said suppliers will be asked to fill out a scorecard evaluating their electronics based on criteria such as energy efficiency, durability and the size of the package containing the product. Wal-Mart buyers can then use the scorecard results to make purchasing decisions.
The scorecard is the latest effort by the retailer to push its suppliers to follow its environmental initiatives.
Wal-Mart has vowed to cut energy use and reduce waste at its stores and, earlier this year, chief executive Lee Scott unveiled a new environmental plan challenging employees, suppliers and customers to remove non-renewable energy from their lives.
With more than 127 million customers visiting a Wal-Mart store or a Sam’s Club location in the US every week, the company is considered one of the few able to make direct changes to global-energy consumption.