Letter grade = C-
Total points = 41 out of 130
Best Buy earned a C- grade, receiving 41 points. Best Buy is actively developing a chemical management program that will be publicly released in 2017. This policy will include both a Restricted Substance List (RSL) and a Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL), both of which the company will publicly disclose. Best Buy deserves credit as the only retailer we evaluated that is developing a MRSL, which requires avoidance of hazardous chemicals in the manufacture of the chemicals in a product even if not a final ingredient in the product. This can help drive harmful chemicals out of complex supply chains such as electronics.
Opportunities for improvement: Best Buy can continue to make progress by setting clear public benchmarks and timelines for its private label suppliers to reduce, eliminate, and safely substitute toxic chemicals such as flame retardant chemicals in televisions and other electronics. Best Buy should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.