Unilever Unveils Positive Beauty Mission

by | Mar 11, 2021

Unilever have announced they will no longer use the term ‘Normal’ across beauty and personal care brands’ packaging and advertising.

Unilever’s new Positive Beauty vision and strategy sets out several progressive commitments and actions for our beauty and personal care brands.

 

Positive Beauty will also help to drive a transformation in how their products are designed and formulated so that they:

  • do more good for both people and the planet,
  • deliver a superior product experience,
  • tap into consumer trends.

 

The decision to remove ‘normal’ is one of many steps that Unilever are taking to challenge narrow beauty ideals, as they work towards helping to end discrimination and advocating for a more inclusive vision of beauty. It comes as global research into people’s experiences of the beauty industry reveals that using ‘normal’ to describe hair or skin makes most people feel excluded.

 

The 10,000-person study, which was commissioned by Unilever, was conducted across nine countries. It found that:

  • More than half of people (56%) think that the beauty and personal care industry can make people feel excluded.
  • People want to see the beauty and personal care industry focusing more on making people feel better, than just looking better (74%).
  • More than half of people (52%) say they now pay more attention to a company’s stance on societal issues before buying products.
  • Seven in ten people agree that using the word ‘normal’ on product packaging and advertising has a negative impact. For younger people – those aged 18-35 – this rises to eight in ten.

 

“With one billion people using our beauty and personal care products every day, and even more seeing our advertising, our brands have the power to make a real difference to people’s lives. As part of this, we are committed to tackling harmful norms and stereotypes and shaping a broader, far more inclusive definition of beauty.

We know that removing ‘normal’ from our products and packaging will not fix the problem alone, but it is an important step forward. It’s just one of a number of actions we are taking as part of our Positive Beauty vision, which aims not only to do less harm, but more good for both people and the planet.

With more consumers than ever rewarding brands which take action on the social and environmental issues they care about, we believe that Positive Beauty will make us a stronger, and more successful business.” – Sunny Jain, President Beauty & Personal Care

 

In addition to removing the word ‘normal’, Unilever will not digitally alter a person’s body shape, size, proportion or skin colour in its brand advertising, and will increase the number of advertisements portraying people from diverse groups who are under-represented.

 

Source: Unilever

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