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Minnesota Public Radio reports that Target is asking the vendors of some 7,500 cleaning, health and beauty and baby care products to score those items for environmental and the health effects, "based on factors such as the presence of ingredients linked to cancer and the use of environmentally friendly packaging and animal testing. Each product will be assigned up to 100 points."

According to the story, "Kate Heiny, who leads Target's sustainability effort, said the ratings - which initially will not be shared with shoppers -- will help provide manufacturers incentives to drive innovation and produce more sustainable products."
KC's View:
Neat idea ... except that the story also says that Target is not saying whether the ratings will affect its own buying decisions. Which sounds to me like Target wants to be a little bit pregnant.

If you are going to generate the ratings, make them actionable. And then act on them.