Wal-Mart to pay $27.6M in California dumping case
San Diego Wal-Mart Stores has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at stores across California in a case that led to changes in the retailer’s practices nationwide, according to the Associated Press.
The settlement ends a five-year investigation involving more than 20 prosecutors and 32 environmental agencies that found violations at 236 of Wal-Mart’s stores and distribution centers across California, including Sam’s Club warehouse stores, said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Wal-Mart was accused of improperly disposing of pesticide, fertilizer, paint, aerosols and other chemicals.
The investigation by federal, state and local authorities started in 2005 when an employee from the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health saw a worker pouring bleach down a drain, prosecutors said.
Investigators said they found violations at Wal-Mart locations in 42 of California’s 58 counties.
San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Karen Doty said officials have been looking into similar violations at other big-box stores.
Toys’R’Us raises $4.5 million for children’s charity
WAYNE, N.J. On April 29, Toys”R”Us was joined by leaders from the toy and baby products industries to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala in New York City. According to the company, the event raised nearly $4.5 million for the charity. The Gala’s 25th anniversary milestone event was hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian Martin Short, and featured a performance by five-time GRAMMY award-winner Faith Hill.
Additionally, Gala attendees pledged nearly $140,000 to support the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.
“In 1985, our company first gathered friends from the toy and baby products industries with a simple goal of giving back to children who need help most. Last night’s Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala marked the 25th anniversary of what has become a beloved tradition in our industry and a celebration of how much we love kids,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys“R”Us. “Thanks, in part, to the generosity of our business partners throughout the years, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund donates millions of dollars each year to programs that keep children safe and help them in times of need.”
Kohl’s gets more green accolades
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores announced that it has received the inaugural Gold Edison Green Award at the annual Edison Awards Gala held on April 29 in New York City. The Edison Awards, associated with the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison. Kohl’s receipt of the Edison Green Award recognizes the company’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions and green business models in an effort to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.
“Kohl’s is honored to be recognized by its peers for our ongoing efforts to improve our shared environment,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s EVP store planning and logistics. “By engaging associates, partners and members of the community, Kohl’s continues to operate our business with a commitment to environmental responsibility. From partnering in green building pilot programs to supporting renewable energy initiatives, we’re focused on long-term solutions that help protect the Earth’s resources.”
The Edison Awards, a peer-review honor, are voted on by roughly 2,000 members of the not-for-profit Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), America’s top executives and academics. Edison Awards are judged on marketplace innovation, marketplace success, technological innovation, market structure innovation, societal impact and design innovation.