Walmart (China) Investment Company and Walmart Global Procurement office have announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding on environmentally sustainable development cooperation with Zhonglin Tianhe (Beijing) Forest Certification Center of State Forestry Administration Of China, to jointly promote global environmentally sustainable development activities and practices, including forest certification.
Under the MOU, the related parties will implement training and exchange activities to promote the development of forest certification in China while enhancing the publicity of the Chinese forest certification system to improve the social recognition of forest certification. They will also provide forest certification-related consulting and professional trainings to forest certification auditors, suppliers, and enterprises involved in the forest industry in fields emphasized by the MOU.
Leslie Dach, Walmart's executive vice president of corporate affairs and government relations, told local media that the management certification and chain of custody certification of forest are important contents to promote the sustainable management and development of forest, which is in line with Walmart's supplier ethics audit project and forest protection project. The cooperation with a professional forest certification center will again lay a good foundation for its efforts in the sustainable development of environment. The company hopes the cooperation can further promote the forest certification work in China.
As an effective means to promote the sustainable management of forest, forest certification has drawn the attentions of the international society and has gained a wide recognition by enterprises and consumers around the world. As the world's largest retailer, Walmart is making close cooperation with suppliers to establish a more environmentally friendly supply chain and to provide more environmentally friendly products to its millions of customers.