Letter grade = D+
Total points = 35.5 out of 130

The Home Depot was issued a D+ grade, scoring 35.5 points. The Home Depot has no public safer chemicals policy. The Home Depot was the first major retailer to develop a policy to eliminate all added ortho-phthalates in flooring in 2015, setting a major precedent for home improvement and flooring retailers across the nation.  The Mind the Store campaign of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families worked in partnership with The Home Depot for nearly a year to develop its policy. As the largest home improvement chain in the United States and globally, The Home Depot’s accomplishment is significant. According to one article, “Total flooring sales accounted for over 7 percent of Home Depot’s $83.2 billion total revenues in 2014, or almost $6 billion, a 4 percent increase from the year before.” The Home Depot’s actions led to a major ripple effect among other large home improvement and flooring retailers who joined the market shift away from phthalates in flooring.

Opportunities for improvement: The Home Depot should leverage this success by expanding its policy by phasing out phthalates in other vinyl products it sells, develop a written safer chemicals policy, and set public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern. The Home Depot should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers. The Home Depot should also pilot the Health Product Declaration with suppliers.

Summary of The Home Depot’s Grade

oversight

8 out of 15

Oversight: Assigned corporate management responsibility
8 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

6 out of 10

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

0 out of 10

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

0 out of 15

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

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

dialogue

4 out of 5

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

5 out of 5

Joint Announcement: Public commitment demonstrated through joint announcement
5 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
collaboration

5 out of 5

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

Letter grade = D+

Total points = 35.5 out of 130