Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. released criteria yesterday that will be part of a scorecard used to evaluate consumer electronics suppliers on the environmental sustainability of their products.
Starting in 2008, Wal-Mart will ask suppliers to fill out the scorecard and buyers will have the option to use the scorecard results to influence purchasing decisions.
"Wal-Mart believes that this scorecard will move electronics in the right direction - a sustainable direction," said Ross Farnsworth, divisional merchandise manager of home electronics at Wal-Mart during his speech at the "Take It Back" conference in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. "The scorecard encourages improvements that are good for business as well as for the environment, reflecting Wal-Mart's view that being a profitable and efficient business goes hand-in-hand with being a good steward to the environment."
The Wal-Mart scorecard will evaluate electronics on energy efficiency, durability, upgradeability, end-of-life solutions, and the size of the package containing the product. Products will also be evaluated on their ability to use innovative materials that reduce the amount of hazardous substances, such as lead and cadmium, contained in the product. The end result is a score that shows suppliers where improvements can be made and allows Wal-Mart to evaluate the environmental sustainability of the product.
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