The emperor of retailers has formed its own Green Jobs Council comprising representatives from Wal-Mart’s kingdoms ..err..divisions, as well as representatives from its suppliers across various industries.
Wal-Mart said the Green Council will facilitate the creation of US green jobs starting off with Wal-Mart’s recent initiative to source some of its Texas stores’ electricity from wind farms.
“..by bringing these companies together and working collaboratively we can help develop a larger green job workforce in this country.”
Representatives at the council’s first meeting said they need government policies, leadership and strong customer demand in order to create green jobs. Lack of capital and lack of trained workforce are some of the top challenges towards their goal.
Wal-Mart said more than 30 suppliers participated in meeting, including large and small companies such as BP Solar, Dematic, General Electric, HydroPoint Data Systems, Lennox, ReCold, Schneider Electric, SwissLog, Systecon, Thermastor, and Zurn.