CVS bans photo manipulation on its beauty images, will hold other brands to same standard
|Photo: CVS Health|
Earlier today, CVS announced that it would ban 'materially altered' imagery on its store-brand beauty products, and begin marking imagery on all of the beauty products the store carries as 'Digitally Altered' if it doesn't match the new policy by 2020. Given the influence CVS wields—it is the US's largest drug store chain—major beauty brands such as L'Oreal, Maybelline, and others are expected to follow suit.
The announcement is branded as a "commitment to create new standards for post-production alterations of beauty imagery," and includes the introduction of the so-called CVS Beauty Mark: a watermark that will appear on all beauty imagery in the store that has not been materially altered. And, just in case you're not sure what CVS means by 'materially altered,' the company explains:
For this initiative, materially altered is defined as changing or enhancing a person's shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics.
The move, says Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive VP of CVS Health, is a recognition of the company's responsibility as one of the largest beauty retailers in the United States:
The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.
The CVS Beauty Mark will begin appearing on CVS-produced beauty imagery in 2018, but the goal is to have all of the photographs in the beauty sections of CVS stores up to transparency standards by the end of 2020. At that point, any altered beauty image that appears in CVS "stores, marketing materials, websites, apps or social media" will be clearly labeled as such.
To learn more about this initiative, head over to the CVS Beauty Mark website. And if you plan to shoot campaign images for ... well ... almost any beauty brand from this point forward, you might want to keep these standards in mind. Chances are good that product is carried in a CVS store.
CVS Pharmacy Makes Commitment to Create New Standards for Post-Production Alterations of Beauty Imagery
WOONSOCKET, R.I. | January 15, 2018 – CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today announced a commitment to create new standards for post-production alterations of beauty imagery it creates for stores, websites, social media and any marketing materials. As part of this initiative, transparency for beauty imagery that has been materially altered will be required by the end of 2020.
The company also announced that it will introduce the "CVS Beauty Mark," a watermark that will be used to highlight imagery that has not been materially altered. For this initiative, materially altered is defined as changing or enhancing a person's shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics. CVS Pharmacy will be working together with key brand partners and industry experts to develop specific guidelines in an effort to ensure consistency and transparency.
"As a woman, mother and president of a retail business whose customers predominantly are women, I realize we have a responsibility to think about the messages we send to the customers we reach each day," said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. "The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."
This new initiative is being introduced in an effort to lead positive change around transparency in beauty as well as to allow customers to differentiate between authentic and materially altered imagery. The CVS Beauty Mark will start to appear on CVS Pharmacy-produced beauty imagery in 2018 with the goal of all images in the beauty sections of CVS Pharmacy stores reflecting transparency by the end of 2020.
"We've reached out to many of our beauty brand partners, many of whom are already thinking about this important issue, to work together to ensure that the beauty aisle is a place that represents and celebrates the authenticity and diversity of the communities we serve," Foulkes added. "We've been inspired by their willingness to partner with us to redefine industry standards around this important issue for the well-being of all of our customers."
"Girls Inc. applauds CVS Pharmacy's leadership commitment to showcase and celebrate beauty in all of its forms. As the national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Inc. is honored to be a partner in CVS Pharmacy's movement to counter limiting stereotypes too often faced by girls and women. Allowing diversity and natural beauty to shine will have an immensely positive impact on girls and women everywhere." said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President & CEO.
CVS Health has previously made significant changes in its retail stores with the health of its customers in mind, such as ending the sale of tobacco products, delivering healthier food options throughout CVS Pharmacy stores and committing to remove certain chemicals of concern from all store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019.
To learn more about CVS Pharmacy's new beauty imagery initiative, visit www.cvshealth.com/BeautyMark.
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