A report card on retailer actions to eliminate toxic chemicals
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Large retailers are on the frontlines of consumer discontent with product safety and hazardous chemicals in household products. Some of America’s largest retailers are taking positive action to better ensure the safety of the products they sell by restricting the use of toxic chemicals by their suppliers. However, the largest U.S. retailers demonstrate highly uneven progress across their ranks.
Retailer reputation and customer loyalty remain at serious risk. The legal, financial, and regulatory risks associated with toxic chemicals continue to grow. Retailers cannot afford to wait for slow-paced government regulation to catch up with the backlog of thousands of chemicals that remain untested for safety or are already known to be hazardous to public health and the environment. Relying on self-policing by the chemical industry and product manufacturers will not satisfy the concerns of consumers, who increasingly are voting with their dollars, demanding greater transparency and safer products.
Retailers must lead in promoting safer chemicals, safer products and healthy families.
Based on our findings, the Mind the Store campaign recommends:
- 1: Policy: Every major U.S. retailer should have a written safer chemical policy, with senior management staff, executive and board level engagement, that measures and publicly reports on continuous improvement toward reducing, eliminating and safely substituting toxic chemicals in products;
- 2: Transparency: Every major U.S. retailer should embrace “radical transparency” to meet rising consumer demand for full public disclosure of product chemical ingredients, developing and disclosing written safer chemicals policies, and annually reporting on goals and metrics in implementing policies aimed at eliminating harmful chemicals and requiring informed substitution; and
- 3: Safer chemicals standards: Every major U.S. retailer should nurture, promote, require, and vigorously defend from attack reputable third-party safer chemicals standards aimed at promoting safer products such as Safer Choice, Made Safe, Green Seal, the LEED Material Ingredient credit, the Chemical Footprint Project, Cradle 2 Cradle, and others.