How top retailers score on tackling toxic chemicals

Walmart, Target leaders - Costco, Amazon laggards

Consumers now have a valuable new resource to help guide their shopping this holiday season. A new report reveals for the first time 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 first major evaluation of the United States’ largest retailers’ safer chemicals programs.  Retailers earned grades ranging from B 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 eleven retailers evaluated, three retail leaders are setting the pace for the entire sector. Walmart, Target, and CVS Health received the highest grades and have developed and made public the most robust safer chemical management programs during the past three years. Meanwhile, other large retailers remain serious laggards. Amazon, Costco, and Albertsons all earned failing grades.