Today I summoned my inner optimist (really, there is one in there) and actually wrote a Weekly Walk of Fame instead of Shame, giving Wal-Mart the honor for the work it has begun on a Sustainability Index. Wal-Mart hasn't traditionally been one of my favorite companies -- I've always thought it could treat its workers better, in just one example of some of my long-standing issues with it -- but to be fair, I have to admit some of its environmental initiatives have been interesting, and this one (though it's still early) is too. And of course, a company with the size and influence Wal-Mart has could actually make a huge difference. So I thought a Walk of Fame was in order on this go round; waste not, want not.
Meanwhile, Whole Foods Market reported a good quarter today. I guess all that "boycott" hollering from some folks last summer following Mackey's health care ideas may have been way overblown, judging by the results. (Of course, Wal-Mart's encroachment into eco-friendly initiatives is certainly interesting in relationship to Whole Foods, as well.)
(Long Whole Foods.)