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Nature

As population increases globally, our food and other resource systems face greater stress to meet the growing demand, driving degradation and fragmentation of our ecosystems.1 We’ve learned that in addition to our 2016 goal to more sustainably source at least 20 key commodities by 2025 and our Project Gigaton™ program, more work is needed to address nature loss.

In response to the growing climate crisis and to help combat the cascading loss of nature: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to helping protect, restore, or more sustainably manage at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030.

Nature goal of 50M+ acres of land and 1M square miles of ocean. Through our own actions, supporting the actions of our suppliers, and through philanthropy, we will help to protect, restore or more sustainably manage the world's most critical landscapes.

How We Will Get There

We plan to achieve our aspiration by working with suppliers to advance product sourcing and certifications that drive positive impacts for nature. By aligning these actions to landscape/seascape needs and local stakeholder goals, we aim to help create positive environmental, social, and economic impacts.

Praise for Our 2020 Nature Commitment

"The choices we make today will fundamentally determine our long-term resilience to the biodiversity and climate crises, which is why we must rapidly scale up the protection and restoration of nature in the next few years. Walmart’s investments in our lands and oceans are a significant milestone for these efforts – and a testament to the fact that investing in nature benefits both businesses and local communities. Conservation International is proud to have partnered with Walmart on the science behind this commitment, and we look forward to turning today’s announcement into real impacts for people and the planet.”Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

The world is experiencing an historic loss of biodiversity that undermines economic opportunity, food and water security, and community resilience. We need to value nature appropriately and immediately, so we can stop degradation and restore biodiversity, upon which we all rely. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s new goals are a demonstration of leadership that can help galvanize important action in the private sector.” — Jennifer Morris, CEO, The Nature Conservancy

1 http://www.fao.org/3/i6583e/i6583e.pdf
2 Walmart is a member of The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and is not physically traceable to end products (see bettercotton.org/massbalance for details). BCI is the leading certification related to nature positive outcomes in the Basic category.