Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wal-Mart Set Standards for Chinese Suppliers

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is making an effort to protect its customers. The company plans to set new quality standards for its China-based suppliers. The standards come after a string of toxic products, including milk that has sickened tens of thousands people in China. 

Wal-Mart will require its Chinese suppliers to reveal what factories made a product, as well as what factories produced ingredients or components for an end product. The company will use the news standards with apparel first then apply the standards to other goods. 

Likewise, the United Nations released a report that recommends China increase the government's oversight of the food production system and hold offending companies responsible.

Although Wal-Mart isn't known for its humanitarian efforts, this news is comfortingly and casts the company in a better light. 

Originally reported by the Associated Press


Cris said...

And imagine the slogan potential. "Wal-Mart: We're cutting back on toxic ingredients and passing the savings on to you."

Kimberly Gengler said...

Haha - no kidding. I wouldn't put it past them.

ntsiklis said...

LOVE IT- they would