The working group behind GreenWERCS has thus reviewed all available research work and American and European recommendations (especially those of REACH) concerning chemical products. GreenWERCS represents the second phase of the Walmart approach with regard to chemical products: The first consisted of obliging its suppliers to provide a complete list of ingredients in the products sold by them, to a third party organization, WERCS (Worldwide Environmental Regulatory Compliance Solutions).
This new Walmart initiative inspires 3 comments:
- GreenWERCS is placed at the disposition of any company or any distributor wishing to use it : We are again, as in the Sustainability Index, in the presence of a collaborative approach that transcends the very idea of competition. I think the future of businesses will necessarily be in the form of such collaboration - and not in the form of secrecy.
- Faced with the reluctance of U.S. authorities in the matter, it is a private company that acts as potential regulator.
- We can expect the 3rd phase of this process: Walmart is likely to oblige its suppliers (all brands) to change the risky ingredients. Self-regulation is therefore going to become a large part of the restrictions imposed by retailers like Walmart.