For Retailers

“CFP is a market differentiator and provides a competitive advantage for business leaders,” said Roger McFadden of Staples, Inc.  “This new tool adds a level of transparency and help companies mitigate reputational and regulatory risks and exploit opportunities afforded by moving to safer chemicals.” 

Issues for Retailers

  • Consumers care about health: Study after study shows that consumers value products that are safer for themselves and their families.
  • Toxic chemicals cause health related diseases:
    • 3% of developmental disabilities
    • 5% of childhood cancer
    • 10% of diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and neuro-developmental disabilities
    • 10% of children’s neurobehavioral disorders
    • 30% of childhood asthma
  • Until CFP, retailers lacked the means to evaluate suppliers on their overall management policies and practices.

Value for Retailers

  • Creates a clear, common logic for evaluating corporate chemical management performance.
  • Provides easy to use results: CFP provides retailers with data that readily enables comparisons of suppliers on their corporate-wide chemical footprint.
  • Measures supplier progress on chemicals performance: the data on which the easy-to-use CFP results rests arise from an in-depth assessment of suppliers’ policies and practices, specifically:
    • Management Strategy: corporate policies for chemicals management.
    • Chemical Inventory: what suppliers know about chemicals in products and manufacturing.
    • Progress Measurement: how suppliers assess chemicals, whether they select safer alternatives, and their overall progress in reducing toxic chemical use.
    • Public Disclosure: how much information suppliers release to the public about chemicals in their products and their overall chemicals management practices.
  • Fills a critical missing gap in sustainability data: the CFP data enables retailers to evaluate companies on all their key sustainability metrics, including chemicals and health.
  • Empowers retailers to request chemical footprint data from their suppliers.
  • Identifies opportunities for improving supplier performance: retailer requests for chemical footprint data can prompt suppliers to improve their chemical management policies and practices.
  • Enables retailers to recognize and reward suppliers for doing well.