Beverly Hills, CA (March 13, 2013)–Members of OUR Walmart joined by community supporters protested outside a Conservation International cocktail event to call on Walmart Board Chair Rob Walton, who also serves as a key leader of Conservation International, to lead Walmart in creating good jobs and standing up for the environment.
The black-tie event, attended by Rob Walton’s close influential and affluent friends, took place at the upscale Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. While inside the hotel, Walmart workers hoped to speak to Rob Walton and deliver a petition signed by hundreds of supporters calling the Walton family and Walmart to listen to the concerns of its workers, provide good jobs, end its poverty wages, and to commit to fair labor standards.
Event attendees were also urged to join environmental justice groups and Walmart workers in questioning Conservation International’s green-washing of Walmart’s poor record on carbon emissions and the environment. Nearly a decade after launching its “sustainability” campaign and committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Walmart’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen by more than 14% and continue to rise.