At Rite Aid, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique needs. This commitment extends into our ongoing efforts to ensure that we meet the expectations of our customers in terms of the safety of some of the ingredients found in many products we sell today.
Rite Aid is committed to working with our supplier partners to ensure the products we sell are safe and healthy for our customers and the environment, and to keeping our stakeholders informed about our continuous efforts and progress in selling safe products.
Rite Aid has been working in recent years to eliminate chemicals of concern from its product assortment. In 2016, Rite Aid committed to eliminating eight chemicals of high concern from its private brand formulated products by 2020. These chemicals include:
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In addition to formulated products, Rite Aid will continue to conduct testing to ensure imported products are compliant with regulatory requirements as well as additional Rite Aid standards.
Safer Chemical Management:
Rite Aid has launched the following initiatives to strengthen and expand its chemical policy programs:
- Rite Aid has publicly disclosed its Restricted Substance List (RSL), which was expanded to go beyond regulatory requirements and include additional chemicals that the US retail sector has prioritized for elimination. As a result, the RSL increased from 8 chemicals of concern to 69. View the complete list of restricted substances.
- Rite Aid has moved from survey-based assessments of RSL compliance to automated screening using the WERCSmart platform. Suppliers are required to report all ingredients in their formulated products to WERCSmart.
- We are expanding our chemical policy to cover formulated products made by national brands. Rite Aid will screen these products for chemicals on the RSL and for chemicals on the six authoritative and regulatory lists that comprise the Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) stewardship list, which are:
- CA EPA Prop 65 – Reproductive and Developmental Toxicants, Carcinogens
- EPA Toxics Release Inventory PBTs
- EU – Cosmetics Regulation Annex II
- EU – Priority Endocrine Disruptors (Categories 1, 2)
- EU REACH – Annex XVII CMRs (Appendices 1 - 6)
- IARC – Categories 1, 2A, 2B
- Rite Aid has aligned its activities with other retail sector initiatives that are designed to provide suppliers with consistent guidance about the chemicals which retailers believe require special stewardship efforts to meet consumer demand for safer products. Rite Aid has joined the multi-stakeholder BPC initiative and will request that all Rite Aid suppliers of beauty and personal care products participate in its Product Sustainability Rating System.
- Rite Aid is encouraging its suppliers to avoid ingredients on its RSL and on the six authoritative and regulatory lists that comprise the Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) stewardship list and use alternatives identified as “Safer Chemicals” by the US EPA Safer Choice program.
- Product Ingredient Transparency:
- Rite Aid is encouraging its own brand suppliers to replace generic ingredient names in their formulations with registered third-party components that identify the constituents in such components during 2020. We are also encouraging our suppliers to begin disclosing nonfunctional constituents (such as by-products and contaminants) in their products once this capability becomes available on WERCSmart.
- Rite Aid will promote more comprehensive ingredient disclosure to consumers and will encourage suppliers to publicly disclose all intentionally added ingredients (including the constituents of fragrance and other proprietary components and allergens), as well as nonfunctional constituents, online and on pack (if practicable).
- Rite Aid has begun to inform customers about products that are “free of” specific chemicals of concern and will begin promoting third-party certifications, such as US EPA Safer Choice products.
Continuous Improvement Goals:
To assist Rite Aid’s stakeholders in understanding the impact of the objectives outlined above, Rite Aid will continue reporting progress on our chemical management initiatives, elimination commitment, and program expansion as part of our annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The report may be found on our website: www.riteaid.com.
Rite Aid’s long-term goal is to extend its chemical policy to cover all of the products sold in its stores. This will be a multi-year effort, and we are prioritizing which product categories we will be expanding into next. Initially, Rite Aid will extend its chemical program to cover formulated products like over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, as well as food and beverages. In 2020, we plan to extend our scope to cover food contact materials. We will continue to review our operations to identify and act on emerging chemical issues that raise significant consumer concerns.
Updated November 17, 2019