Walmart is a big player in the marketplace for cleaning supplies and chemicals.
But in the past year, the company has been a target for some of the strongest criticism of its environmental practices.
Last year, a coalition of environmental groups sued Walmart in New York state for failing to adequately monitor the health and safety of its workers, and it accused the retailer of using “unconscionable” and “abusive” tactics to keep workers from complaining.
Last month, a lawsuit was filed in New Jersey by a coalition led by the Center for Biological Diversity against Walmart and other retailers for using chemicals in cleaning products, including a bleach-based chemical that can cause cancer.
The lawsuits are part of a broader effort by some of these groups to take on the global retail giant, which is also fighting back against a growing number of court decisions that have questioned the company’s practices.
Walmart has already said that the chemical used in some of its products is not a carcinogen and is no longer on its list of known or suspected carcinogens.
The company has also come under pressure from several other groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund and Greenpeace.
The latter is urging the Supreme Court to rule in its favor in its lawsuit against the retailer, which could have a major impact on the company.
Walmart, for its part, has responded with its own lawsuit against Greenpeace, alleging that the environmental group is using “false, defamatory and misleading claims” to try to “influence, confuse and ultimately silence” the group.
WalMart is also in the process of forming a working group to investigate the impact of its chemicals on workers.