Walmart Joins Sustainable Coffee Challenge
September 29, 2017
Sustainable Coffee Challenge: Walmart Serves as the Coffee Consumer’s First Major North American Retail Advocate for Scale and Sourcing
ARLINGTON, Va. (Sept. 29, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC) today welcomed Walmart as the first major North American retailer to partner on making coffee the world’s first sustainably grown commodity. Walmart joins 83 other SCC partners, including corporations, governments, NGOs and research organizations.
The SCC aligns with Walmart’s existing sustainability commitments, which include a commitment to sustainability through cutting waste, using renewable energy and selling products that sustain resources and the environment. Most recently, in 2016, the retailer’s Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon committed to sustainably source 20 key commodities in its stores by 2025.
“The significant consumer base and respected brand that Walmart brings will help us reaffirm the importance of coffee sustainability with each purchase,” said Bambi Semroc, Senior Strategic Advisor at Conservation International.
“Walmart is committed to working with suppliers to increase the sustainability performance of our private brand coffee products and working towards the SCC goal of making coffee a more sustainably grown commodity,” said Brittni Furrow, Senior Director for Sustainability at Walmart.
To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact Valerie Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com/, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.