• Require all global fresh produce and floral suppliers to Walmart U.S. to adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices verified by third-party certifications by 2025.
  • Encourage all fresh produce suppliers to reduce the use of chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoids and avoid replacing them with other products with a level I bee precaution rating

The IPM Institute of North America evaluated third-party certifications and recommended those with the strongest coverage of IPM practices. In an industry vulnerable to climate change and biodiversity loss, IPM guides farmers to use ecological methods that support the overall sustainability of their land.


While other major U.S. food retailers have established pollinator health policies encouraging reduction of these pesticides, only Walmart U.S. has committed to track their use in its supply chain with the goal of increasing transparency and assessing annual progress.

Along with addressing pesticides, Walmart U.S.’s new commitments aim to address another driver of pollinator decline, habitat loss. They include goals to protect, restore, and establish pollinator habitat in pollinator migration corridors and on farms in the company’s produce supply chain.

According to Ariel Larson, a Senior Manager for Sustainable Food Group, “Walmart’s policy is comprehensive, meaningful and will drive positive change – it is the first of its kind to verify supplier adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices through third-party certification and to set a time-bound commitment for doing so. Considered alongside Walmart’s Project Gigaton, it is comprehensive in addressing multiple top threats facing pollinators – habitat loss, pesticide exposure and climate change.”