Kathleen McLaughlin

Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc.

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KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN is executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc. and president of the Walmart Foundation. McLaughlin is responsible for business and philanthropic initiatives that help Walmart create opportunity through jobs and sourcing; advance the sustainability of supply chains; foster diversity, equity and inclusion; and build inclusive and resilient communities. For example, Walmart’s Project Gigaton has engaged over 5000 suppliers along with NGOs and other stakeholders to reduce or avoid one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the global value chain by 2030 through initiatives addressing emissions related to energy use, transportation, product design, packaging, waste, and management of natural ecosystems. As of 2022, Walmart suppliers have reported reducing or avoiding more than 750 million metric tons of CO2 emissions through Project Gigaton. The company and Walmart Foundation have also committed to conserving, restoring, or more sustainably managing 50 million acres of land and 1 million square miles of ocean by 2030, through supplier engagement, collective action and philanthropic capacity building in regenerative agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture innovation, place-based or jurisdiction projects, advocacy, and investments in enablers such as monitoring tools. Before joining Walmart in 2013, she spent more than 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. In addition to serving on the board of World Wildlife Fund, McLaughlin serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations and World Resources Institute, and is an advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s Impact and Financial Markets team. In 2018, McLaughlin was recognized as one of the "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune in recognition of her leadership across sectoral boundaries to transform systems for better social, economic and environmental outcomes and to inspire others to do the same. McLaughlin is a frequent speaker about the role of business in society at forums such as those hosted by the New York Times, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the Aspen Institute and the World Economic Forum. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Boston University, as well as a Master of Arts in politics, philosophy and economics from Balliol College at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She also has a diploma in theology from Oxford. She is married with three children and divides her time between Bentonville, Arkansas, and Toronto, Ontario.