Wal-Mart is a well established business which is on a journey of change – supporting action around many aspects of sustainability.They have introduced a voluntary Personal Sustainability Projects program (PSPs).

PSPs were created by and for associates to develop individual goals to improve their health and wellness and the health of the environment. Associates are encouraged to educate their colleagues, customers, families, and communities on personal sustainability and the impact it can have on their daily lives.

Wal-Mart has 1.3 million associates so giving permission to each and every associate to act is a great way to drive positive impact. Associate PSPs have included making healthier food choices, volunteering in their communities and using environmentally friendly products in their homes.

“Sustainability has become part of the Wal-Mart culture, and PSPs are one way for associates to become involved – in their stores, their communities and their daily lives. PSPs are being created by and for associates to help make choices that can have a real impact on their personal health and happiness and on their families, neighbours, communities and the environment.We’re excited about what we’ve seen and learned so far and about what can happen as this project grows.” Linda Dillman, Executive Vice President of risk management, benefits and sustainability.

While individuals will focus on their personal goals, they will also work together at the store level to accomplish sustainability goals designed to improve the local community. For instance, some stores have developed recycling programs or are helping their local community to clean up wildlife areas.