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.

Summary of Best Buy’s Grade


8 out of 15

Oversight: Assigned corporate management responsibility
8 out of 15 points

3 out of 20

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

0 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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

0 out of 10

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

3.5 out of 15

Transparency: Demonstrates a commitment to transparency and public disclosure
3.5 out of 15 points

0 out of 10

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

2.5 out of 10

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

Extra Credit


5 out of 5

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

1 out of 5

Joint Announcement: Public commitment demonstrated through joint announcement
1 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

5 out of 5

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

5 out of 5

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

Letter grade = C-

Total points = 41 out of 130