Subsidiaries of Ahold Delhaize
- Food Lion
- Giant Food
- Stop & Shop
- Ahold Delhaize, the parent company of many familiar supermarket chains, including Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Giant, and Hannaford, launched a safer chemicals policy in 2019 for its private-label products. The policy included a beyond restricted substance list (BRSL) of several classes of chemicals of high concern (CHCs) that are especially applicable to food and food packaging, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), bisphenols, and phthalates. The retailer additionally made limited progress on eliminating plastics of environmental health concern (PEHCs) by replacing expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays from one line of chicken products in 2019 and set a goal to eliminate several PEHCs.
- The company participated in the Chemical Footprint Project survey in 2020.
- Since releasing the policy, the company has not publicly reported other progress in implementing the policy, and even the policy itself remains unavailable for public inspection.
Recommendations for Ahold Delhaize
- Ahold Delhaize can make progress by making public its safer chemicals policy and full beyond restricted substance list (BRSL), as well as by setting and reporting on public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating CHCs. We urge the company to follow through on its commitments to eliminate and safely replace any toxic indirect food additives that may be in food contact materials, with special attention to any bisphenols and PFAS that may be in food packaging and other food contact materials as well as any phthalates that may be in food and food contact materials in its supply chain. These efforts should be expanded from its private-label products to branded products as well.
- The company should also take swift action to eliminate and safely replace key chemicals of concern from the beauty products of environmental justice concern that it sells. Ahold Delhaize should publicly disclose the alternatives used to replace CHCs or PEHCs after eliminating them.
- The company should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project.
How does Ahold Delhaize compare to its competitors?
Analysis of Ahold Delhaize
Policy:Adopted a retailer safer chemicals policy
Oversight: Established management responsibilities and incentives
Accountability: Ensures supply chain accountability
Disclosure: Requires suppliers to report use of chemicals in products to retailer
Action: Reduced or eliminated chemicals of high concern (CHCs) or plastics of environmental health concern (PEHCs) within the last three years
Safer Alternatives: Evaluates safer alternatives, avoids regrettable substitutes
Transparency: Demonstrates a commitment to transparency and public disclosure
Chemical Footprint: Evaluates its chemical footprint
Third-party Standards: Promotes credible third-party standards for safer products
Joint Announcement: Public commitment demonstrated through joint announcement
Continuous Improvement: Shows continuous improvement by steadily expanding safer chemicals policy
Collaboration: Actively participates in collaborative process to promote safer chemicals
Impact Investment: Investing financial resources into independent research into safer alternatives and/or green chemistry solutions