Trainings and Webinars

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To help suppliers and other organizations on their sustainability journey, Walmart is collaborating to provide training and webinars on topics that matter most to suppliers.

2021 Sustainability Survey Reporting

Walmart’s 2021 Sustainability survey reporting period opened on Monday, September 13 and closes on Friday, November 5.

What’s new this year? We enhanced the Sustainability Portal this year to simplify and streamline the survey experience for you! To learn more about our new survey design and the updates to our packaging and nature reporting sections, check out the resources below:

  • Intro to the new Sustainability Portal Replay Link
  • Walmart Sustainability Survey Office Hours - An opportunity to ask questions about Walmart Sustainability Surveys. This session is run every two weeks during survey season.

If you have trouble accessing the Sustainability Portal, setting up your account, managing your profile, etc., please contact corpsu@wal-mart.com.

Need help reporting to Project Gigaton? Watch this video: How to Report Your Project Gigaton Progress

Need help completing the Private Brands Packaging Section of the Sustainability Survey?
For step-by-step guidance on how to complete the Private Brands Packaging Survey, check out the Private Brands Packaging Survey Guidance Document and the video: How to Report Your Walmart Private Brands Packaging Data.

Need help completing the Textiles Section of the Sustainability Survey?
For instructions on how to complete the Textiles Section of the Sustainability Survey, review the Guidance Document.

2021 Produce Sustainability Learning Series

Fresh produce and floral suppliers are invited to the Produce Sustainability Learning Series; deep dive and Q&A sessions on sustainability priorities and reporting tools: People, Pollinators, Packaging, Project Gigaton, THESIS, etc. every last Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT, starting in May. Please be sure to update your vendor contacts within Project Gigaton to receive the invitation.

The Sustainability Insight System (THESIS) Index (formerly the Sustainability Index)

We know that customers want to feel good about the products they buy and the companies they buy from. The THESIS Index gathers and analyzes information across a product’s life cycle and is a critical measurement and transparency tool that Walmart and suppliers can use to deliver on our customers’ expectations. THESIS is developed by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a global organization dedicated to helping companies make the everyday products we use better and more sustainable. The products and services of TSC reflect their academic and collaborative values: science-based, stakeholder-informed, and focused on impact. TSC Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) not only help improve the sustainability of the products we use every day, but also drive efficiency by letting suppliers answer a unified set of measurement questions for different retail customers. TSC has many resources available for suppliers needing help and/or tools related to answering KPIs and is offering multiple levels of educational webinars.

THESIS Supplier Tutorials and Trainings

2021 Upcoming Webinars:

Have questions about THESIS or a THESIS assessment? Bring them to a live THESIS Support Office Hours session with The Sustainability Consortium. These sessions will be most useful if you have already and accessed and familiarized yourself with your 2021 THESIS assessment(s) and have questions in mind to ask.

All sessions are hosted at 10:30 am Central Time.

  • Sept 23 – THESIS Support Office Hours – Register
  • Oct 7 – THESIS Support Office Hours – Register
  • Oct 14 – THESIS Support Office Hours – Register
  • Oct 21 – THESIS Support Office Hours – Register

Also, check out the THESIS Help Center, a library of self-guided support videos launched by The Sustainability Consortium to help you get the most from THESIS. Contact TSC at help@sustainabilityconsortium.org to obtain the password.

For more THESIS resources, visit the THESIS Index page.

Training and webinar offerings are updated frequently. To ask questions or request a training topic, email corpsu@wal-mart.com.

    Project Gigaton

    Project Gigaton aims to inspire suppliers to prevent upstream and downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the global value chain. Specifically, the goal of Project Gigaton is to prevent one billion metric tons, or one Gigaton, of CO2 emissions from global value chains by 2030.

    Project Gigaton Reporting Guide
    A brief video that walks you through the steps on how to report in Project Gigaton
    Watch the Video

    Project Gigaton 101
    Strapped for time and need a quick 101 on Project Gigaton? Tune in and get ready for the best three minutes of your day.
    Watch the Video

    Setting a SMART Goal
    SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time limited. It’s simple enough, but does your company have the knowledge it needs to set a SMART goal?
    30-min Webinar: Replay Link

    CDP and Project Gigaton
    Join CDP and Walmart to learn how to report emissions reduction projects across the six pillars of Project Gigaton into CDP, and how to leverage your CDP disclosure to report to Project Gigaton. You’ll also learn key details about summitting your CDP response ahead of CDP's annual disclosure deadline.
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    2nd video Replay Link

    Setting Energy Goals in Project Gigaton
    Join Marty Spitzer from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Steven Nadel from the Amercian Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy to learn about different approaches to lower emissions through energy projects, including efficiency and renewables.
    Replay Link

    Setting Packaging Goals in Project Gigaton
    Join Walmart and Adam Gendell from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) to learn about Walmart's approach to sustainable packaging, and different approaches to lower emissions through packaging changes and optimization.
    Replay Link

    Setting Waste Goals in Project Gigaton
    Join BSR to learn about different approaches to lower emissions through waste reduction and diversion initiatives, including presentations from two Giga-Guru suppliers that are taking on Waste in their own operations.
    Replay Link

    Setting Forests or Agriculture Goals in Project Gigaton
    Join experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to learn about how your company can take action on Forests and Agriculture as part of Project Gigaton.
    Replay Link

    The Power of Energy Efficiency Goals: A Discussion with Large U.S. Manufacturers
    This webinar will feature panelists from three leading manufacturers—Arcelor Mittal US, Cargill, and Cummins Inc.—to discuss how they set and continuously work to achieve their energy efficiency and GHG targets. The panel will also include a representative from Boston Common Asset Management to explain why public goals and commitments are important to investors.
    Presenter: Arcelor Mittal US, Cargill, Cummins Inc., Boston Common Asset Management
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    Get Ready for 50001 Ready
    This webinar is a deep dive into how companies can achieve energy savings targets with panelists from the U.S. DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, NY State Comptroller’s Office, and Arcelor Mittal.
    Presenter: U.S. DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, NY State Comptroller’s Office, and Arcelor Mittal.
    Replay Link

    *NEW* Project Gigaton Standardized Date Labeling Calculator
    Join Walmart and experts from ReFED to learn about the new Project Gigaton calculator that allows suppliers to calculate the emissions savings associated with transitioning to standardized date labels (“Best if Used By” and “Use By”).
    Watch Video

    Design for Plastics Recyclability Webinar Series

    Hosted by Walmart, Presented by APR. Please join us for this series of webinars hosted by Walmart, and presented by The Association of Plastic Recyclers, discussing design for plastics recyclability and communicating the common messages within the Walmart Recyclability Playbook and the APR Design Guide® for Plastics Recyclability.

    Walmart’s Sustainable Packaging Playbook and Walmart’s Recycling Playbook provide an overview of sustainable packaging best practices, and a deep dive resource specifically for suppliers interested in improving and innovating packaging while supporting recycling. The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is published to help package design engineers at consumer brand companies and converters create packaging that is fully compatible with plastics recycling systems in North America.

    Replay Link

    Past Packaging Summits

    2020 Walmart Virtual Sustainable Packaging Innovation Summit

    THE TIME IS NOW TO REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE.
    Watch the playback from the Sustainable Packaging Innovation Summit.

    Join us for deep dive and Q&A sessions with some of the presenteres from the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Summit:

    • February 18, 2021, 2 pm CST The Recycling Partnership: Unlocking the Pathway to Recyclability with Policy. Watch Playback
    • March 17, 2021, 10 am CST The Association of Plastic Recyclers: Post-Consumer Recycled Content: The Key to Sustainable Plastic Packaging. Watch Playback
    • April 22, 2021, 10 am CST Closed Loop Partners; Watch Playback
    • June 9, 2021, 9 am CST The Recycling Partnership and SYSTEMIQ: Plastic IQ Learning Session. Watch Playback

    2019 Walmart Sustainable Packaging Innovation Summit

    Watch the playback from the Sustainable Packaging Innovation Summit here.