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Sustainability Commitment Update: Walmart Canada

One Year Update

•  In the past 12 months since we accepted the Sustainability Challenge, we have been actively expanding our sustainable seafood policy

•  Introduced a sustainable seafood policy with publicly-stated goals

•  Policy aligned both to Canadian retail landscape sustainable seafood efforts, and to Walmart US publicly-stated goals

•  Informed our vendor-partners of our new expectations around seafood

•  Have engaged with various NGOs to expand our issue knowledge

•  Marine Stewardship Council assessed our current seafood assortment to determine next steps and overall program work-load

•  Some vendors are since entered into MSC’s full assessment phase of certification

•  Vendors are presenting us with more sustainable seafood options, some of which we are bringing into our assortment to expand our sustainable seafood offerings

• 37% of our seafood listings are now MSC certified or equivalent

• 40% of our seafood listings are in the process of being MSC certified or equivalent by 2012



Six Month Update


Overfishing is threatening the availability of fresh fish and seafood for future generations, therefore we are committing to providing our customers with quality seafood that is harvested in a sustainable manner.

Sustainable seafood goals:

•   To source wild-caught fresh and frozen fish certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standard, or minimum equivalent, by 2013

•   To ensure that our farm-raised fish vendor-partners adhere to Best Aquaculture Practices, or minimum equivalent, by 2013.

o Global Aquaculture Alliance, Aquaculture Certification Council, etc

•   To source all canned tuna from an International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) member by 2013


Walmart Canada has a significant plan to support and obtain our stated goals, which includes:

•   Assessing our current seafood assortment

o  We will continue to source seafood from sustainable sources where we are already doing so
o  We will work to find new suppliers of sustainable seafood
o  We will work with suppliers which are willing to improve the environmental performance of their operations
o  We will de-list fish products and suppliers which refuse to improve the environmental performance of their operations

•  Working with our vendor-partners to improve seafood product labeling

•  Working with our vendor-partners to ensure they are sourcing environmentally responsible seafood

•  Working with various environmental non-governmental organization stakeholders to ensure our actions have a positive impact on the sustainability of seafood around the world

•  Connecting with our retail associations in Canada to determine if the retailer community can affect positive change together given their size and importance to the Canadian seafood industry

•  Educating our associates and customers about our sustainable seafood policy

•  Not procuring seafood caught from illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) sources; nor knowingly sourcing seafood from ships currently on any official IUU vessel list

•  We currently do not, and will continue to not source Atlantic bluefin tuna

• We will de-list fish products and suppliers which refuse to improve the environmental performance of their operations