Apple has received an “A+” from Mind the Store, a coalition that focuses on tracking toxic chemicals in consumer products. That’s up from the tech giant’s grade of “A” in 2017.
Four retailers received the highest grades for their work to protect customers from toxic products and packaging: Apple (A+), Target (A), Walmart (A-) and IKEA (A-). Top-ranked performers continually work with suppliers to disclose and replace dangerous chemicals with safer alternatives, according to Mind the Store’s third annual Retailer Report Card.
Average grades in the report show steady improvement over time. Eleven retailers improved their average grade from a “D+” to a “C+” since the first report card was published. Another 18 retailers bumped up their grade from “D” to a “D+” over the past year, on average. Twenty-one out of the twenty-nine retailers (72%) that were evaluated in both 2017 and 2018 improved their score over the last year.
However, nearly half the retailers scored were slapped with an “F” grade for failure to adopt even the most basic policies and practices to ensure the chemical safety of their products and packaging. Restaurants (average grade of F) are by far the worst performing sector, says Mind the Store.
Apple tops the Nice List by LastPass for companies whose e-commerce sites are the most secure. Also making the list are Best Buy, Home Depot, Amazon, and the Qurate Retail Group. On the Naughty List of the least secure retailers are Costco, Macy’s, eBay, Walmart, and Wayfair.
LastPass, which offers as password manager, says that only two of the 10 top retailers, Apple and Amazon, offer two-factor authentication (2FA) for customer accounts. 2FA provides an additional layer of security toward preventing unauthorized access to an account and retailers cannot underestimate its importance.
LastPass conducted the online retailer account security research in October. Using market research firm eMarketer’s list of the top 10 U.S. retailers based on e-commerce sales in 2018, LastPass researched key password requirements and other account security features to develop a ranking of the most and least secure retail sites. Each site was analyzed based on a set of 17 criteria, with a scale of either 0 to 2 or 0 to 10 points depending whether and how well the criteria were met.