Letter grade = F
Total points = 7.5 out of 130

Amazon received the lowest grade of any retailer evaluated, with a letter grade of F having accrued only 7.5 points. Meanwhile, Amazon’s market share is rapidly growing and the company continues to roll out more private label products. According to projections, the company will soon be the biggest retailer of apparel and electronics in the United States. Unlike several of its competitors, the company has no public safer chemicals policy in place. The company has made some very limited progress: Amazon Elements baby wipes disclose which ingredients are in the products, the function of the ingredients, and which ingredients are restricted.

Opportunities for improvement: Amazon can begin by developing a public written safer chemicals policy and setting clear public timelines for reducing, eliminating, and safely substituting chemicals of high concern, beginning with its private label apparel and electronics. Amazon should promote greater transparency about chemicals in products by requiring suppliers to disclose full chemical ingredient information and posting them on Amazon.com. Amazon should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.

Summary of Amazon’s Grade

oversight

4 out of 15

Oversight: Assigned corporate management responsibility
4 out of 15 points
policy

0 out of 20

Policy: Adopted a retailer safer chemicals policy
0 out of 20 points
disclosure

0 out of 10

Disclosure: Requires suppliers to report use of chemicals in products to retailer
0 out of 10 points
action

2 out of 10

Action: Reduced or eliminated chemicals of high concern within the last three years
2 out of 10 points
safer alternatives

0 out of 10

Safer Alternatives: Evaluates safer alternatives, avoids regrettable substitutes
0 out of 10 points
transparency

1.5 out of 15

Transparency: Demonstrates a commitment to transparency and public disclosure
1.5 out of 15 points
chemical-footprint

0 out of 10

Chemical Footprint: Evaluates its chemical footprint
0 out of 10 points
third-party standards

0 out of 10

Third-Party Standards: Promotes credible third party standards for safer products
0 out of 10 points

Extra Credit

dialogue

0 out of 5

Dialogue: Engaged in safer chemicals dialogue with the Mind the Store campaign
0 out of 5 points
joint announcement

0 out of 5

Joint Announcement: Public commitment demonstrated through joint announcement
0 out of 5 points
continuous improvement

0 out of 10

Continuous Improvement: Show continuous improvement by steadily expanding safer chemicals policy
0 out of 10 points
safer products

0 out of 5

Safer Products: Program to promote safer products in stores and/or on website
0 out of 5 points
collaboration

0 out of 5

Collaboration: Actively participates in collaborative process to promote safer chemicals
0 out of 5 points

Letter grade = F

Total points = 7.5 out of 130