Wal-Mart Expands Program of Sustainability for Associates

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said yesterday it's expanding a new program designed to help associates "incorporate the principles of sustainability into their daily lives."

The voluntary program encourages employees to pursue "Personal Sustainability Projects," or PSPs, the chain said, which are efforts through which Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates develop individual goals to improve their health and wellness and the health of the environment.

Throughout 2007, Wal-Mart's 1.3 million U.S. associates will learn about PSPs and have the opportunity to adopt their own personal sustainability goals, the retailer said. Associates are encouraged to educate their colleagues, customers, families, and communities on personal sustainability.

"Sustainability has become part of the Wal-Mart culture, and PSPs are one way for associates to become involved -- in their stores, their communities, and their daily lives," said Linda Dillman, e.v.p. of risk management, benefits, and sustainability, in a statement.

In July 2006, associates in eight stores in the Denver and Indianapolis areas participated in a pilot PSP program, which included making healthier food choices, volunteering in their communities, and using environmentally friendly products in their homes. After a successful pilot, Wal-Mart expanded the program in October 2006 to 130 stores and clubs in Denver, Indianapolis, and Tampa test markets.
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