Who’s Minding the Store? — A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals is our second annual report card on safer chemicals in consumer products. The Mind the Store Campaign found that one-third of 30 major U.S. retailers are leaders, but two-thirds remain serious laggards.
Overall, seven out of eleven retailers evaluated in both 2016 and 2017 have showed substantial improvements in the past year. This improvement shows both the impact of the Mind the Store Campaign, as well as growing consumer concern and scientific evidence of health impacts from dangerous chemicals.
However, 70% of the retailers evaluated remain serious laggards, earning D’s and F’s, for failing to publicly announce basic safer chemical policies to ensure the chemical safety of their products and supply chain. More work is needed to ensure that the products that retailers buy and sell are free from dangerous chemicals of high concern to human health and the environment, throughout their supply chain.