The policy covers formulated (chemical-based) consumables products sold through Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S., hereby referred to jointly as "Walmart." It includes the following departments/categories:

Walmart U.S. Accounting departments:

  • 2-Health & Beauty Aids
  • 4-Household Paper
  • 8-Pets & Supplies
  • 13-Household Chemicals
  • 46-Cosmetics & Skincare
  • 79-Infant Consumable Hardlines

Sam's Club U.S. categories:

  • 2-Health & Beauty Aids
  • 4-Tabletop & Bags
  • 8-Pet Supplies
  • 13-Laundry & Home Care
  • 47-Baby Care
  • 94-Paper Goods
  • 98-Janitorial

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

Approximately 90,000 SKUs and 700 suppliers are covered by the policy.

Definitions


Priority Chemical: priority chemicals are substances with certain hazardous properties that can affect human health, and/or the environment. A priority chemical is defined as a chemical that meets the criteria for classification as a carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive toxicant, or is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic; or any chemical for which there is "scientific evidence of probable serious effects to human health or the environment which give rise to an equivalent level of concern1."

Walmart Priority Chemicals: Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S. have defined authoritative and regulatory lists (see Appendix 1) to identify "Walmart Priority Chemicals" within the scope of this policy.

Walmart High Priority Chemicals: From among Walmart Priority Chemicals, Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S. have identified a subset of chemicals as a starting point for suppliers. Those high priority chemicals are:

  • Toluene (solvent)
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (solvent, plasticizer)
  • Diethyl Phthalate (solvent and plasticizer)
  • Nonylphenol Exthoxylates (NPEs, surfactant), note: there are nine individual CAS numbers for these NPEs
  • Formaldehyde (bonding agent)
  • Butylparaben (preservative)
  • Propylparaben (preservative)
  • Triclosan (antimicrobial)- Active ingredients that provide therapeutic benefit when present in a product approved by the FDA New Drug Application process-such as triclosan in toothpaste for treating plaque - are allowed

Chemical footprint: As defined by the Chemical Footprint Project, a chemical footprint is "the total mass of chemicals of high concern (CoHCs) in products sold by a company, used in its manufacturing operations and by its suppliers, and contained in packaging."

Full product formulation: All intentionally added ingredients in a product formulation are identified as well as their related concentrations.

[1] REACH Title VII, Chapter 1, Article 57