Asda is “entirely aligned” with Wal-Mart’s plans to hold suppliers accountable for meeting social and environmental standards, the retailer said this week. Addressing suppliers at a sustainability summit in Bejing, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott outlined the company’s supply-chain objectives.

“We expect from suppliers a firm commitment to strict social and environmental standards,” he said. “Sustainability in our operations and supply chain will be essential to meet customer expectations.”

Wal-Mart would check the lifecycle of every product, Scott told delegates – if it was made environmentally responsibly, if the supplier treated workers well, and if consumers would get best use out of it.

“As part of the Wal-Mart family, Asda’s strategy on sustainable and ethical standards is entirely aligned with Wal-Mart’s,” an Asda spokesman said.

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