Appendix 1: Walmart reference list of priority chemicals

Appendix 1: Walmart Reference Lists of Priority Chemicals (as of Feb. 21, 2014)

The following authoritative and regulatory lists may be used as resources to identify Walmart Priority Chemicals for reduction, restriction, or elimination in accordance with Walmart's Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.

Note: The policy excludes active ingredients that provide therapeutic benefit when present in a product approved by the FDA New Drug Application process.

Appendix 2: US EPA and CSPA Recognized Elements of Public Online Disclosure


[1] Generally, for ingredients protected as trade secrets, a manufacturer may use chemical-descriptive name, for example, the EPA Premanufacture Notice generic name or the CSPA Dictionary name, in lieu of the specific chemical name; however, the name must be as specific as possible without revealing trade secret information.

Appendix 3: Guides for Alternatives Assessment

The following is a non-exhaustive list of publicly known methods, tools, and databases aligned with The Commons Principles of Alternatives Assessment that suppliers may use to advance the safer formulation of products using informed substitution.

Alternative Assessment Paradigms

Appendix 4: Overview of Safer Choice process

Figure 1: Reproduced from How to Partner, Get the Safer Choice Label on a Product.

Appendix 5: Notification of Walmart Priority Chemicals and Walmart High Priority Chemicals within WERCSmart Portal

Going forward, the WERCSmart website will be modified so that when a supplier enters the formulation of a product, the supplier will be notified if a particular component of your product is a Walmart Priority Chemical and/or Walmart High Priority Chemical.

Appendix 6: Key Stakeholders

Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club have worked with Environmental Defense Fund and a range of other NGOs, suppliers, academics, government and industry stakeholders to develop a company policy on sustainable chemistry for the formulated consumable products that we sell. Through close collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund, we have applied an initial framework for evaluating our chemical footprint using UL's WERCSmart™ platform for in-scope formulated consumable products.

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

[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".