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Walmart Canada joins Project Gigaton

Global Walmart effort to reduce emissions from supply chains around the world

April 10, 2019

MISSISSAUGA – Walmart Canada is joining Project Gigaton, a global Walmart effort to reduce emissions from global supply chains.

First launched by Walmart Inc. in the US in 2017, Project Gigaton seeks to reduce emissions by a gigaton – or one billion metric tonnes – by 2030.  To date, more than 1,000 suppliers from 40 countries have formally signed on to the project.

More than 200 of Walmart’s Canadian suppliers – including Maple Leaf Foods, Spin Master Toys, Unilever Canada, Agropur Cooperative and many more – have already made Project Gigaton commitments.

Removing one gigaton of emissions from global value chains is equivalent to the reduction of the emissions from 211 million average passenger vehicles in a year. That’s more than five times the total number of vehicles registered in Canada in 2017.

The launch of Project Gigaton in Canada took place during Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas with Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Walmart Inc. and Judith McKenna, president and CEO, Walmart International.

“At Walmart Canada, we have taken a number of steps to reduce our environmental footprint and enhance the sustainability of our operations, but there is more we can do,” said Lee Tappenden, president and CEO, Walmart Canada.

“Through Project Gigaton, we will work in a collaborative fashion with suppliers, environmental groups and other key stakeholders in our collective pursuit of seeking to avoid one billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from global value chains by 2030.”

About Project Gigaton’s Canadian Suppliers
Hundreds of suppliers worldwide have already signed on to Project Gigaton. In Canada, several suppliers have already committed to the Project, with new or existing emissions-reduction programs.  Those suppliers include Maple Leaf Foods, Spin Master, Unilever Canada and Agropur, among many others.

“Maple Leaf Foods is on a sustainability journey with a goal of being the most sustainable protein company on earth,” said Michael McCain, president and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods.

“Joining Walmart Canada’s Project Gigaton is a natural continuation of our sustainability commitment. Our existing emissions-reduction projects are complemented and enhanced by the resources provided by the initiative and we are proud to be part of this effort.”

“The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets an ambitious goal of halving the greenhouse gas impact of our products across their lifecycle and becoming carbon positive in our operations by 2030,” said Gary Wade, president Unilever Canada.

“We are pleased to partner with Walmart Canada and contribute to the achievement of Project Gigaton as it aligns with Unilever’s sustainability objectives and recognizes the need for urgent action against climate change.”

“What sets us apart is our unique business model, based on cooperative values, and the sustainability-focused vision embraced by our members of a ‘Better Dairy. Better World.’ We are very pleased that Walmart Canada is tackling greenhouse gas emissions and we are proud to work together on this project, which is aligned with our corporate social responsibility program,” said Robert Coallier, CEO, Agropur.