Letter grade = B
Total points = 78.5 out of 130

Wal-Mart Stores (Walmart and Sam’s Club) earned a grade of B, scoring 78.5 out of 130 possible points, the highest score of any retailer evaluated. Walmart developed a “Sustainable Chemistry Policy” in 2013 and “Sustainable Chemistry Implementation Guide” in 2014, and for the first time reported significant progress in implementing its policy in the summer of 2016. Walmart has developed a list of 16 “High Priority” chemicals and more than 2,000 “Priority” chemicals of concern that it challenges suppliers to reduce and eliminate. The company states in its policy: “All suppliers are expected to reduce, restrict and eliminate use of priority chemicals using informed substitution principles.” The policy applies to cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, infant products, and pet supplies. In October 2016, Walmart unveiled its “Sustainable Packaging Playbook,” which also encourages suppliers to identify, restrict and remove its priority chemicals from packaging, and also avoid polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) plastic, in packaging.

Opportunities for improvement: Walmart can continue to improve its safer chemicals program by setting public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern, continuing to annually report on progress in implementing its policy, expanding its list of High Priority chemicals to tackle a broader list of chemicals, and expanding the policy to other chemically intensive product categories such as apparel, electronics, and furniture. Walmart should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.

Summary of Walmart’s Grade

oversight

12 out of 15

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

12 out of 20

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

5 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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

12 out of 15

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

5 out of 10

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

7.5 out of 10

Third-Party Standards: Promotes credible third party standards for safer products
7.5 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 = B

Total points = 78.5 out of 130