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.

Sustainability Index

We know that customers want to feel good about the products they buy and the companies they buy from. The Sustainability 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. The Sustainability Index is developed by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a global organization dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products.

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) uses the best sustainability science to help 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 leading up to the 2018 Index.

Introduction to the SAP Product Stewardship Network: Sign-Up and Licensing
Time and Date: August 20, 2018 10:00 am CDT
Description: A 30-minute webinar to assist suppliers with signing on to the SAP Product Stewardship Network (PSN), registering for the Index, and licensing TSC Toolkits.

Produce KPIs Deep Dive (Session 1)
Time and Date: August 27, 2018 10:00 am CDT
Description: A webinar offering a detailed look at the Produce KPIs in the Sustainability Index. The agenda will include an overview of priority KPIs, descriptions of common pitfalls, tips for accurate reporting, and time for Q&A with The Sustainability Consortium team members.

Produce KPIs Deep Dive (Session 2)
Time and Date: September 10, 2018 10:00 am CDT
Description: A webinar offering a detailed look at the Produce KPIs in the Sustainability Index. The agenda will include an overview of priority KPIs, descriptions of common pitfalls, tips for accurate reporting, and time for Q&A with The Sustainability Consortium team members. NOTE: This webinar will offer the same content as Session 1 with time for Q&A.

Sustainability Reporting Support: Utilizing the SAP Product Stewardship Network
Time and Date: September 11, 2018 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT
Description: Join SAP for a tutorial on using your Product Stewardship Network (PSN) account and ensuring your TSC Product Sustainability Toolkit license is updated and active on PSN.
Presenter: Colleen Chapman, SAP

The SAP Product Stewardship Network
SAP Product Stewardship Network (PSN) is an online tool that enables retailers to exchange sustainability data efficiently and confidentially. Within the PSN cloud system, retailers send their suppliers category specific surveys about how they are sourcing ethically and sustainably. Supplier responses are recorded and communicated through the same system. A benefit to suppliers is the immediate report on responses, and if 5 or more suppliers have completed the same questionnaire, an anonymized chart displaying how rankings among suppliers is included.

Sustainability Reporting Support: Key Performance Indicators 101
Time and Date: September 13, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am CDT
Description: Join TSC for an introduction to the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) utilized by more than a dozen retailers, including Walmart. This agenda is tailored to suppliers who are new to reporting, who have had turnover in their primary contact(s) for reporting, and those who simply need a refresher.
Presenter: Jessica Ginger, Director of Implementation

Sustainability Reporting Support: Tips and Tricks for Accurate and Efficient Reporting
Time and Date: September 18, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am CDT
Description: Join TSC to discuss common reporting challenges faced by suppliers and learn methods to prevent or overcome those challenges when reporting your sustainability performance. TSC staff will be sharing tips and tricks gained from co-creating TSC Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and supporting suppliers. The agenda is tailored to help suppliers report more accurately and efficiently while offering insights gleaned from TSC members and trained service providers. Topics will include any changes to previous KPI iterations, methods for overcoming common pitfalls, and an overview of TSC respondent tools.
Presenters: Jessica Ginger, Director of Implementation, and Christopher Cooke, Director of Technical Development

Sustainability Reporting Support: Streamlining Agricultural Data Gathering and Sharing
Time and Date: September 20, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am CDT
Description: Join TSC for a deeper dive on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for food and beverage products. TSC staff will walk through examples of KPIs common to many agriculture-based products and demonstrate new tools that can help automatically calculate farm-level data for reporting to TSC KPIs.
Presenters: Amanda Raster, Manager Technical Development for Food, Beverage, and Agriculture, and Christy Slay Ph.D., Director of Technical Partnerships

Sustainability Reporting Support: Open Q&A with The Sustainability Consortium
Time and Date: September 25, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am CDT
Description: Join TSC staff for a supplier Q&A webinar. This is an unstructured, open forum and a chance for you to have direct access to TSC Key Performance Indicator (KPI) experts to answer any questions you may have about reporting to retail customers through TSC KPIs.
Presenter: TSC implementation and technical development staff

Past Events

Walmart Index Support: Key Performance Indicators 101
Join TSC for an introduction to the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) utilized by Walmart’s Sustainability Index. The agenda is tailored to suppliers who are new to reporting, who have had turnover in their primary contact(s) for reporting, and those who simply need a refresher. Recorded in September, 2017.
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Walmart Index Support: Responding to Complex Key Performance Indicators
Join The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) for an overview of new respondent tools that are now available and a deep dive into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are more complex in terms of data collection and reporting. Recorded in September, 2017.
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Walmart Index Support: The SAP Product Stewardship Network
Join SAP for a tutorial on using your Product Stewardship Network (PSN) account and ensuring your TSC Product Sustainability Toolkit license is updated and active on PSN.
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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 billon metric tons, or one Gigaton, of CO2 emissions from global value chains between 2015 and 2030.

The Power of Energy Efficiency Goals: A Discussion with Large U.S. Manufacturers
Time and Date: September 6, 2018 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Description: 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

Get Ready for 50001 Ready
Time and Date: September 13, 2018 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Description: 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.

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