Value to Retailers

“CFP is making data available for benchmarking and gap analysis, which are critical for us to understand where our company and our suppliers are on the journey to more sustainable chemicals” -Zach Freeze, Senior Director for Sustainability, for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Consumer-facing companies, especially in such sectors as household and personal products, face rising consumer demands for safer products.


The Chemical Footprint Project:

  • 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 CFP data results are founded upon 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.