Sustainable Chemistry

Walmart customers depend on us to sell products that are not only affordable but that are produced in a responsible and sustainable way. We pride ourselves on exceeding their expectations, and we are constantly evolving our business to better serve our customers today and for generations to come.

Continue to Save Money and Live Better
We appreciate the leadership that our suppliers, chemical manufacturers and the industry demonstrate in providing consumable products that meet our customers' expectations. Together, we continue to enable our customer to Save Money and Live Better.

Adoption of Sustainable Chemistry Practices
Looking forward, Walmart would like to work with suppliers and the industry to accelerate the adoption and use of sustainable chemistry practices to meet the needs of our customers and the environment. In September 2013, we launched a sustainable chemistry initiative based on a year of collaboration and input from a wide diversity of stakeholders. We thank them for their continued engagement through summits, surveys and meetings that have enabled an open dialogue through this process.


Frequently Asked Questions


Does online public disclosure include fragrances?

With regard to online ingredient disclosure, Walmart recommends at a minimum that suppliers follow ingredient disclosure guidelines provided by the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Standard for Safer Products1 or CSPA's Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative.2 These guidelines do not explicitly mandate disclosure of specific ingredients in fragrances that are trade secret. However, the DfE standard states that,

Scent ingredients may be listed as "fragrance," on the label, but the formulator must indicate where detailed information can be found; for example, the Web site list, or subset of the list, of fragrance materials authored by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and available on IFRA's Web site (http://www.ifraorg.org/). Alternatively, if not a matter of trade secrets, the product formulator may state on its Web site the ingredients in the fragrance or the palette of fragrance materials used in its products, and may include, at the formulator's discretion, ingredients not used in the fragrance.

The CSPA Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative states that,

All chemicals present as components of fragrances may be listed as "Fragrances," but the Manufacturer must then refer to the availability of more detail elsewhere. Such detail may include, but is not limited to:

  • a link to the list or a subset of the list of fragrance materials authored by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA); or
  • a list disclosing the ingredients that the Manufacturer uses in its fragrances.

The Implementation Guide indicates that best-in-class online ingredient disclosure means full disclosure of all ingredients, including those typically protected under trade secrets. Walmart strongly encourages and will recognize those companies for fully disclosing all product ingredients.

[1] http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/projects/gfcp/standard-for-safer-products.pdf
[2] http://www.cspa.org/images/stories/PDF_Documents/Voluntary_IC_Model_Amended_2011_FINAL.pdf

How can I tell if a chemical in my product is prioritized for reduction, restriction or elimination by Walmart?

For existing formulations, The Wercs has notified suppliers which products and chemicals (including CAS numbers) to prioritize as a starting point.

For new and ongoing formulations, suppliers will be notified upon entering their formulation in WERCSmart for compliance review. Suppliers are encouraged to use this free tool as early as possible in their development process.

At the Product Data Entry > Composition page, suppliers are notified if the chemical in the entered formula is "Regulated". If the user hovers over and clicks on "yes", a window opens. That window lists all Regulatory lists on which that component resides.

If you've selected a Walmart Priority Chemical or a High Priority Chemical, this window would include the classifications "List of WM Priority Chemicals Feb 2014" or "List of WM High Priority Chemicals Feb 2014".


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