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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Retail: A Pivot Point for Sustainability

Retail: A Pivot Point for Sustainability

This report from Five Winds International explores how, from Walmart on down, retailers are becoming the key to corporate sustainability efforts across the supply chain. In late 2006, Five Winds postulated that a "tipping point" may be in reach in regard to the development of sustainable technologies and products, and that retailers could play a major role in driving the demand for these products. Since that time, environmental and social issues have grown in importance and retailers have demonstrated a strong desire to capitalize on a critical mass of consumers willing to purchase products that reflect their values. The release of the Wal-Mart score card is one indicator of how retailers are going to do this. Material suppliers, product manufacturers and others along the value chain need to respond to this new reality and they need to do it quickly. This paper examines the current situation and provides advice to companies on how to get out in front of the growing demand for environmentally and socially responsible suppliers and products. The report can be downloaded from the GreenBiz web site at the URL listed here.


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March 31, 2010

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