The job ... symbolizes a sea change in environmental activism. Environmental Defense is positioning someone in Bentonville -- not to confront or watchdog Wal-Mart, but to work with the company as a kind of sustainability consultant.This level of commitment also demonstrates that Environmental Defense believes there is real opportunity for change at Wal-Mart. In August, the organization's Executive Vice President David Yarnold noted, "...we've discovered that when Wal-Mart makes important decisions, the company moves very quickly. If you are not at the table, you don't get a chance to influence those decisions. By having an office in Bentonville, we'll help assure that the environment is represented."
Suffice to say, this represents a sea change for Wal-Mart, too. For years, the retail giant stonewalled and fought its critics on a wide range of issues. It's still doing that in some instances, but it also has invited dozens of activists, academics, and advisors inside to help the company forge a more sustainable path.
We're encouraged. If you plan to apply, let us know. Apparently, this has been a tough position to fill, but ought to provide the challenge of a lifetime for the right person. ::Two Steps Forward and Environmental Defense