Since our last report

Goals not met

U.S.

Not met

Achieve 10 percent traceability of all diamonds, gold and silver in jewelry sold in Walmart U.S. from mines, refineries and manuufacturers meeting ethical sourcing standards and responsible mining criteria
by 2010.
To date, we have been successful in tracing 15.2 percent of our gold, but tracking has proven to be much more of a challenge in the areas of diamonds and silver. Mining sources alone are too limiting. Walmart continues to look for stronger tracking methods of metals and minerals and is closely monitoring developing regulations in this area.

U.S.

Not met

Eliminate PVC from private brand packaging
in the U.S. by 2007.
While we continue to look for alternatives to PVC, we have been unable to find suitable replacements for PVC in packaging such as tamper-evident bands for over-the-counter medications, metal can sealants and meat wrapping, among others. While we work to identify and implement other materials with equal performance characteristics, we will continue to use PVC in certain items to ensure safety and package performance for our customers.

U.S.

Not met

Every air conditioner sold in the U.S. will be ENERGY STAR®-rated by 2010 (2008 Baseline). As of January 31, 2011, six of the eight models, or 75 percent, of window air conditioners offered in our assortment are ENERGY STAR®-rated. In 2008, we set a goal of ensuring every window air conditioning unit sold at our stores would be ENERGY STAR®-compliant by 2010. We were, however, unable to realize our goal with the manual or remote-control models of our 5,000 BTU air conditioner. The retail investment associated with bringing this particular unit into compliance would have greatly exceeded the energy savings a customer could realistically expect over the life of the product. We continue to work with our suppliers to develop a solution to this and other challenges to bring our customers everyday low prices on energy-efficient products.