Sample Questions to Ask Retailers
What information disclosure do you demand from your suppliers? Do you evaluate their material policies?
Do your suppliers disclose what chemicals are used in the products you sell? Do you have a product policy on restricted chemicals?
What types of plastics do you sell? Do you have a PVC-free policy?
What type of wood products do you sell? Do you have a policy on wood sourcing? Do you have a policy on wood preservatives and chemical impregnation?
Social criteria: What is your policy on labor practices? Do these extend to your suppliers? How do you monitor labor practices in developing countries? Is this independently certified?
What is your policy on genetically modified food? Do you have preferential purchasing of organic food lines?
Do your suppliers take back postconsumer product and packaging waste?
Do you have a policy to reduce energy use?