Global sustainable agriculture commitment
Food production must increase roughly 70 percent to feed the estimated 9 billion people who will inhabit the planet by 2050. In 2010, with just four of our then 39 public sustainability goals addressing our food business, we knew it was time to evaluate how our business could embrace sustainable agriculture.
On October 14, 2010, we announced an acceleration of our global commitment to sustainable agriculture. Our strategy is built on directly connecting farmers with markets, taking food waste out of the supply chain, motivating farmers in our supply chain to produce more with fewer inputs and to source key agricultural products responsibly. We will do this while strengthening local economies and providing customers around the world with long-term access to affordable, high-quality, fresh food.
This comprehensive commitment is very much in line with our Next Generation Walmart strategies of becoming a more global company, solving business challenges and leading on social issues. To help track progress and ensure these goals are met by the end of 2015, we have outlined specific commitments and initiatives in three broad areas as follows:
Support farmers and their communities
Our approach is designed to help small- and medium-sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products and reduce the environmental impact of farming. In emerging markets, we will help many small- and medium-sized farmers gain access to markets by:
- Selling $1 billion in food sourced from 1 million small- and medium-sized farmers
- Providing training to 1 million farmers and farm workers – half of which we expect to be women – in such areas as crop selection and sustainable farming
- Increasing income by 10 percent to 15 percent for the small- and medium-sized farmers from whom we source
In the United States, our focus will be on increasing the amount of locally sourced produce sold in our stores. Our goal is to double the sales of locally sourced produce by the end of 2015.
Produce more food with fewer resources and less waste
We have one of the world's largest food supply chains, and we are committed to reducing and optimizing the resources required to produce it. We will bring transparency to our supply chain by:
- Accelerating the agricultural focus of the Sustainability Index, beginning this year with a Sustainable Produce Assessment for top producers in our Global Food Sourcing Network
- Investing more than $1 billion in our global fresh supply chain over the next five years
- Reducing food waste in our emerging market stores and clubs by 15 percent and by 10 percent in our more developed markets by the end of 2015
Sustainably source key agriculture products
From deforestation of the world's rainforests to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, farming practices are having environmental impacts. We will focus on two of the major contributors to global deforestation, palm oil and beef production, by:
- Requiring sustainably sourced palm oil for all Walmart private brand products globally by the end of 2015
- Extending Walmart Brazil's policy of sourcing only beef that does not contribute to deforestation of the Amazon to all of our companies worldwide by the end of 2015
We will continue our commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood with programs now being implemented in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Canada and Brazil.