Walmart’s Green Talk Cheapened by Political Actions
Posted on March 19, 2012 by jway
Who is retail giant Walmart voting with their dollar? The short answer is anti-environmental legislators.
According to The Raw Story, “Some of its biggest donations have gone to members of Congress who deny that man-made climate change exists. Since 2005, Walmart’s political action committee has given $25,000 to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), $30,000 to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and $29,500 to Sen. John Boozman (R-AK).”
Moreover, the report and article reveal that this trend is not exclusive to national politics, but also the local level. The article states that “[A]t the state level, 80 percent of Walmart’s $9.9 million in donations have gone to Republican candidates since 2003, most of whom opposed stricter environmental regulations.”
Along the same lines, The Story of Stuff presented a compelling piece on the importance of unifying environmental and labor struggles. It highlighted the ILSR report’s findings that despite Walmart’s “audacious goal” to derive 100% of its energy needs from clean sources, today a mere 2% comes from wind and solar projects.
Brand Channel also reported Walmart’s failure to deliver on its green-washed promises. Despite Walmart’s failure to produce eco-friendly outcomes, Brand Channel points out that the campaign appears to have convinced some and has actually improved its reputation.
“Walmart’s sustainability campaign has done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment,” according to the initial ILSR report.