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The fifth annual “Who is in the store?”-report card on retailers taking action to eliminate toxic chemicals,“The 50 major retailers in Canada and the United States are given an academic style rating on the safety of toxic chemicals. It awards points based on 13 criteria (including oversight, accountability, information disclosure, policies and actions).
The list includes who’s who of the brands covering more than 200,000 stores, many of whom are Canadians. ….
Metro Inc., Sobeys, Couche-Tard, Circle K, and Tim Hortons are among the 15 brands that received Fs in the evaluation. Both Couche-Tard and Circle K are subsidiaries of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Tim Hortons is owned by the holding company Restaurant Brands International (RBI), and Sobeys is owned by Empire Company Ltd.
The report is a collaboration of several non-profit organizations including the Canadian Department of Environmental Protection. It actually points out the progress of many retailers that have been previously assessed, and points out that this year’s report card is a history of defective retailers The lowest percentage since.
It earned A+ points for Apple Inc. and Target Corp. Both companies received scores of over 100 points. At the other end of the scale, four retailers including Metro failed to earn a single point.