On November 16, 2016 the U.S. non-profit organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) published a report entitled “Who’s minding the store? — A report card on retailer actions to eliminate toxic chemicals.” The report presents the results of SCHF’s evaluation of eleven of the U.S.’ largest retailers regarding their efforts in moving away from toxic chemicals and promoting safer alternatives. The retailers were scored across 13 performing categories, such as adoption of a retailer safer chemicals policy, action to reduce or eliminate chemicals of high concern within the last three years, and evaluation of safer alternatives while avoiding regrettable substitutions.
Walmart, Target, and CVS Health were the best ranked retailers, reaching 78.5, 76.5, and 53 points, respectively, out of 130 possible points. Retailers Costco and Amazon ranked the lowest with 9.5 and 7.5 points, respectively. The average score was around 30 points “indicating a significant need for improvement by retailers to meet rising consumer demand for safer products,” the report concludes.
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SCHF (November 16, 2016). “Who’s minding the store? — A report card on retailer actions to eliminate toxic chemicals.”