Subsidiaries of Canadian Tire
- Canadian Tire demonstrated progress on toxic chemicals in recent years by making its safer chemicals policy publicly available on its website and by being the fifth North American retailer to commit to phasing out paint stripping products containing the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and achieving this commitment by the end of 2018.
- Canadian Tire also eliminated six phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DNOP) from food contact products (which do not include food packaging); removed heavy metals from children’s, food contact and cosmetics products; eliminated volatile organic compounds from paints; and is completing its transition away from brominated flame retardants in all products.
- Canadian Tire also adopted the European Union’s (EU) REACH chemical restrictions for apparel under its private labels Mark’s, SportChek and Helly Hansen.
Recommendations for Canadian Tire
- We urge the company to eliminate and safely replace any per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), toxic flame retardants, and phthalates that may be in the products it sells. The company should also eliminate plastics of environmental health concern (PEHCs) from its product and packaging materials. Canadian Tire should publicly disclose the alternatives used to replace chemicals of high concern (CHCs) or PEHCs after eliminating them.
- Canadian Tire should extend its efforts to eliminate PFOA and PFOS from water repellency finishes to the entire class of PFAS that may be present in those products and phase out the use of thermal receipt paper containing any bisphenol substance, such as BPS.
- Canadian Tire should also become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers. Canadian Tire can also improve in the area of transparency by requiring that fragrance ingredients are disclosed online or on the label of personal care and cleaning products and should take steps to ensure supply chain accountability.
How does Canadian Tire compare to its competitors?
Analysis of Canadian Tire
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