Letter grade = C
Total points = 53 out of 130
CVS Health attained a grade of C based on a score of 53 points, the third highest score of any retailer evaluated. CVS Health developed a “Cosmetic Safety Policy” and in 2016 disclosed it has developed a list of “Chemicals of Consumer Concern” (CCCs). The company states in its most recent sustainability report: “(We) actively identify and prioritize the replacement of CCCs with safer alternatives in certain CVS Brand categories, including beauty, baby and personal care, and food products. As new, conclusive research is published on how certain chemical ingredients are linked to health and environmental risks, and safer alternatives are made available, we apply our Cosmetic Safety Policy. This policy outlines our commitments to customer safety, scientific research, supplier collaboration and continuous improvement as well as the evaluation and replacement of CCCs in CVS Brand products. In 2015, we began the process of developing a sustainable products policy to further inform our strategy and commitments.” CVS Health recently became the first major pharmacy chain in the country to become a signatory of the Chemical Footprint Project, and the only one of the eleven retailers graded to sign on to date. The company has also pledged to disclose its restricted substance list in 2017.
Opportunities for improvement: CVS can continue to improve its safer chemicals program by setting public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern, developing guidance for suppliers on evaluating alternatives, and getting private label cleaning products certified to meet third-party standards such as EPA Safer Choice, Made Safe or Green Seal. CVS Health should pilot the Chemical Footprint Project with key private label suppliers.