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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart here is working with The Fibre Box Association's (FBA) Sustainability Committee on a program aimed at helping the retailer meet its long-term goals for promoting and following sustainable business practices.
Wal-Mart's new Packaging Scorecard initiates a grading system that considers, among other things, the "sustainability" of suppliers' products' packaging systems.
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"Wal-Mart's Packaging Scorecard will place the responsibility on suppliers to measurably minimize environmental impact while meeting the low prices that Wal-Mart demands," said Dwight Schmidt, president of the FBA, based in Elk Grove Village, Ill. "The great news about this program is that by participating in its development, we have been able to position the corrugated industry as the leader in packaging efficiency, and communicated our environmental advantages via verifiable data."
Schmidt said FBA's Sustainability Committee has helped Wal-Mart make sure its scorecard assigns appropriate values to corrugated attributes with impact on product suppliers' scores. "We were able to convince Wal-Mart to use industry averages for recycled content and recovery as default values, which is much simpler than providing package-specific data, and just as useful," said Schmidt.
To view a demonstration of the Wal-Mart Packaging Scorecard, visit: http://www.scorecardlibrary.com/es-portal.htm. To view a demonstration of the Virtual Trade Show, visit: http://www.marketgate.com/packaging.