And McMillon must continue to work on Wal-Mart’s sustainability positioning, for a variety of reasons. His latest plan to develop a sustainable food-supply chain involves improving access to food, making healthier eating easier to understand, improving the safety and transparency of its supply chain and affordability.
“The future of food is absolutely critical for both our society and our business,” McMillon said in a statement. “We’ve learned on our sustainability journey that we’re most successful when your initiatives create social and environmental value and business value at the same time.”
Among other things, Wal-Mart now plans to provide four billion healthier meals to needy consumers in the U.S. over the next five years, nutrition education to four million U.S. households, more information on its labels about its food supply chains, and more work with suppliers to improve water usage and other environmental outcomes.
“It all comes down to trust,” McMillon said. “Customers have to trust us on food. When we focus on food, we are doing right by our customers, our communities, and our planet.”