The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, helps customers purchase products from suppliers that are leading in sustainability based on tools developed by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). The European TSC office is run by Wageningen UR. Through Walmart's online shop 3,000 products, made by more than 100 companies, are labelled to determine which brands and suppliers are most committed to sustainability. In Europe, more and more retailers are piloting with tools with a current focus on communication with their suppliers before communicating with their customers.
In the Netherlands, Ahold is piloting the TSC tools with some of their biggest suppliers. Several other large retailers in Northwest Europe have recently started piloting projects. TSC developed globally harmonised methodologies for measuring the sustainability of all consumer products over its full life cycle. With these tools companies can measure the sustainability of all their products in a consistent way. Based on the scores on the indicators, they can develop improvement plans in close co-operation with their partners in the supply chain.
TSC has evolved into a collaboration of more than 100 of the world’s largest retailers, consumer product companies, NGOs and academic partners. The corporate members include Coca-Cola, BASF, P&G, Mars, Ahold, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, and Unilever. Wageningen UR runs the European office of TSC and is responsible for all global activities on food and agriculture.