This post is in response to Future Supply Chain. I recently learned about an unusual partnership between Wal-Mart and Patagonia that seems to fall in line with this article.
In Wal-Mart, Patagonia Team to Green Business, Monte Burke looks at the unusual relationship between these two well-known companies. They seem as different as possible - Wal-Mart, for example, is 1300 times as big as Patagonia.
However, Patagonia has helped Wal-Mart decide how to green its supply chain for free with the following results:
- Patagonia is helping Wal-Mart develop a sustainability index for its products
- Wal-Mart eventually wants to score its products on eco-friendliness and social impact; suppliers who best comply will be chosen
- Patagonia has mainly helped Wal-Mart regarding the clothing supply chain (i.e. the amount of water and pesticides used in the manufacturing of garments)