BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here yesterday said it has begun polling its largest U.S. suppliers about their sustainability practices as part of the company’s effort to spearhead the creation of vast database containing the “complete life cycle” of all the products it sells. Suppliers have been asked to complete the 15-question survey, which asks about water usage, waste disposal and other information, by Oct. 1, as an initial step toward creating the database. In a webcast ...

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