Letter grade = D-
Total points = 15.5 out of 130

Kroger received the fourth lowest grade of any retailer evaluated, with a letter grade of D- and 15.5 points. Kroger has no public safer chemicals policy. The company has taken steps to eliminate triclosan, quaternium-15, phthalates, parabens and chlorine in pulp of baby products. Additionally, Albertsons eliminated triclosan from corporate branded body washes and antibacterial soaps by the end of 2014. The company in 2011 pledged to act on BPA in canned foods. As of May 2016, corporate brands have converted 370 canned goods to non-BPA liners. This includes all canned offerings under its Simple Truth OrganicĀ® brand. However, the company has not disclosed a timeframe or plan for completely eliminating and safely substituting BPA in canned foods.

Opportunities for improvement: Kroger can make progress by developing a public written safer chemicals policy, setting public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern, and completely eliminating and safely substituting BPA and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in food packaging. Kroger should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.

Summary of Kroger’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

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
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

2 out of 5

Dialogue: Engaged in safer chemicals dialogue with the Mind the Store campaign
2 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 = D-

Total points = 15.5 out of 130