Letter grade = D
Total points = 29.5 out of 130

Walgreens was issued a D grade, scoring 29.5 points. Walgreens announced in late 2014 that it was developing a “Chemical Sustainability Program,” for release in the spring of 2015, but then backtracked, saying it would be forthcoming in the “coming months.” However, nearly two years later, this program is still not public. Walgreens has made some limited progress; it introduced Well Beginnings, a broad range of newborn, infant and toddler products, which are free of parabens, phthalates, quaternium 15 and similar formaldehyde donor preservatives.

Opportunities for improvement: The company can improve by publishing its “Chemical Sustainability Program” and setting clear public benchmarks and timelines for its suppliers to reduce and eliminate all Restricted Substance List chemicals that its sister retailer Boots has already acted on in the UK. The company should also certify private label cleaning products to a third party program such as EPA Safer Choice, Made Safe, or Green Seal. Walgreens should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.

Summary of Walgreens’ Grade

oversight

8 out of 15

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

2 out of 20

Policy: Adopted a retailer safer chemicals policy
2 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

5 out of 5

Dialogue: Engaged in safer chemicals dialogue with the Mind the Store campaign
5 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

5 out of 5

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

Letter grade = D

Total points = 29.5 out of 130