Walmart, Tyson Foods Earn Spots Among 57 'Change the World' Companies

Two Northwest Arkansas companies are ranked on a new list published by Fortune magazine.

The new list of “Change the World” companies includes Bentonville-based Walmart and Springdale’s Tyson Foods.

Walmart was ranked No. 16; Tyson Foods was No. 44. Just 57 companies worldwide were selected including 31 based in the U.S. Both Tyson Foods and Walmart were selected for their environmental impact. 

The selection of Walmart came because the company is aggressively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and working with suppliers to reduce emission by 1 billion tons by 2030. Walmart announced what it called Project Gigaton last year, but the company has a collection of other sustainability-focused initiatives. Walmart also drew the attention of Fortune because it’s cutting grocery business waste.

Tyson Foods drew praise from Forbes for “investing in disruptive but sustainable food ideas,” noting the company’s investment in Beyond Meat.  Tyson Foods owns a portion of California’s Beyond Meat, a company founded in 2009 that created a plant-based meat substitute.

Tyson is the world's largest producer of no-antibiotics-ever chicken and that's noted by Fortune, too.