How top retailers score on tackling toxic chemicals

Target, Best Buy leaders - BabiesRUs, Sally Beauty laggards

Consumers have a valuable resource to help guide their shopping this holiday season. A new report reveals  which of the nation’s top retailers are leading on toxic chemical reduction in consumer products and those lagging behind.

“Who’s Minding the Store? -- A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals co-released by Minnesota based Healthy Legacy and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, is the second expanded evaluation of  major U.S. retailers safer chemicals programs.  Retailers earned grades ranging from A for good progress to F for failing to develop and make public even basic safer chemical policies.  The average grade was a D+, indicating a significant need for improvement by retailers to meet rising consumer demand for safer products.

Of the 30 retailers evaluated, six retail leaders are setting the pace for the entire sector. Apple, Wal-Mart, CVS Health, IKEA, Whole Foods Market and Target received the highest grades and have developed and made public the most robust safer chemical management programs. Meanwhile, nine other large retailers remain serious laggards. BabiesRUs, Ace Hardware, Ahold Delhaize, Dollar General, Kohl's, Office Depot, Sally Beauty, TJX Companies and Trader Joe's all earned F grades.