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Website: The Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Assessment is the first of three phases of the Sustainability Index project Walmart announced in July 2009. This tool offers an in-depth look at the 15 questions the company is asking of all its suppliers.

The questions are grouped into four categories:

1. Energy & Climate
2. Material Efficiency
3. Nature and Resources
4. People and Community

This tool serves as a detailed FAQ to lay out all 15 questions in the Assessment and explore in great detail the business case and potential benefits for companies to measure and manage their environmental impacts.

For much more on Walmart's Sustainability Index, visit GreenBiz.com's Sustainability Index homepage.