1. Disclose full product formulations to UL through WERCSmart
Proprietary product formulations provided through the WERCSmart system (managed by UL) will remain confidential from Walmart.
- Read More About Tier PermissionsTier 2.1 and tier 2.2 permissions
Encouraged of all in-scope suppliers, Tier 2.1 authorizes UL to use confidential supplier data to provide WMT with reports on chemical usage and prevalence in formulated products.
Encouraged of all in-scope suppliers, Tier 2.2 authorizes UL to provide WMT with the chemical identities of publicly disclosed ingredients in a product and a product’s transparency ratios.
Tier 4.2 permissions
Encouraged of private brands suppliers, Tier 4.2 authorizes Walmart to publish a product’s disclosed ingredient list online.
- Percentage of suppliers, products (by UPC), and weight of products (by sales volume) which have granted consent for Tier 2.1 data uses
- Percentage of products (by number of UPC) with at least 50% of the ingredient identities in a product disclosed with associated specific chemical IDs (e.g. CAS numbers)
- Percentage of products (by number of UPC) with 100% of the ingredient identities in a product disclosed with associated specific chemical IDs (e.g. CAS numbers)
To generate these data points, Walmart shares internal inventory data from Retail Link to UL. UL combines the Retail Link data with formulation data submitted by all our suppliers (for compliance purposes) into its WERCSmart system.
- Read More About Measuring Formulation DisclosureBased on the new Data Tier agreements, we now have more visibility into the type of information being shared with UL. This is a positive move to more accurately measure whether suppliers are providing full ingredient disclosure within UL’s WERCSmart system. We previously reported higher percentages of suppliers providing the WERCSmart system with full ingredient disclosure because we did not have this improved level of visibility. Walmart will continue to encourage suppliers to provide full disclosure of their ingredient formulations.
The 2018-year results included in the tables below combine in-scope Walmart Retail Link data sales collected in January 2019 (sales data from January 1st 2018 through December 31st 2018) and submitted formulation data from in-scope suppliers to the WERCSmart system as of Oct. 21, 2019.
Data Team Permissions
2. Disclose all ingredients online by product beginning January 2015. Specifically, for household cleaning products, disclose information required to be disclosed under California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 on-pack2
Walmart aims to create more transparency about ingredients contained in the products on its shelves by encouraging all suppliers to provide full online ingredient disclosure beginning January 2015 and, specifically for household cleaning products, disclosing information required to be disclosed under the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017. Walmart encourages online public disclosure to be accessible from the supplier's website and to be displayed at the per- product level.3
- For online disclosure content, Walmart encourages suppliers to consult leading guides on public ingredient disclosure. Walmart recommends that suppliers, at a minimum, utilize the recognized elements of public ingredient disclosure provided by the US EPA.
- For on-pack disclosure content, Walmart encourages suppliers to list ingredient information. Walmart recommends that suppliers, at a minimum, utilize the California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017.
2 Walmart recognizes that disclosure on many consumable products is required by law. Walmart is encouraging those not required by law to disclose on-pack to provide disclosures.
3 Public Disclosure for Walmart's Private Brands will be available on Walmart.com.