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Walmart: from pariah to hero

Learn from the story of Walmart's about-turn: it is as compelling as it is informative. Discover why and how they changed so profoundly, and what they are doing?

Session description

For decades Walmart was under pressure to become a better corporate citizen. Then, following a year-long rethink, they surprised the world by announcing far-reaching commitments to sustainable development. Walmart is now frequently being cited for the progress in tackling global and local issues. With over 2 million employees and an economy that ranks around 20th amongst nation-states, this was a game-changer.

This session covers the following topics:

  • The reason Walmart had a change of heart and what sustainability means for them now.
  • The bold goals and the progress they are making.
  • How sustainability is managed within the company.
  • The manner in which they educate and excite their employees about sustainability.
  • How they encourage and help their suppliers reduce their impacts.
  • Other examples of what they are doing.

This session can be structured either as a straight presentation or a longer session that leads into a working discussion to brainstorm how you can embed sustainability.

Video clips, exercises and discussions will be used to enliven the session and deepen the learning experience.

Who is this course for?

  • For executives, managers and other staff members wanting to learn more about why sustainabilty is important and how it can be embedded in their organisation.


Participants who have completed this session will:

  • Understand why and how Walmart embraced sustainability.
  • Develop ideas for how to integrate sustainability in their organisation.
  • Be inspired by the ability of corporations to do good while enhancing profitability.
  • Recognise the global trend to make sustainability a strategic business issue.


This session is available on request.
The exact session structure, duration and content can be adjusted to suit specific needs.