Responsible business

Being Human-kind and Planet-kind

At Avon we have a keenly felt purpose to help make the world a better place.

We believe business should be a force for good. We are striving to make our business even more sustainable and are committed to tackling some of the most urgent issues facing people and planet. 

HUMAN-KIND

PLANET-KIND

Our business model is rooted in creating opportunities for economic participation – supporting millions of Representatives across the world - who run their own beauty business with Avon. 

We are proud to be an inclusive, welcoming business and brand, and believe in being open to all. We strive to foster an inclusive culture and support equality through the way we do business – from how we present beauty through to how we support our employees. 

Most of our Representatives are women, and as such we want to tackle the issues that matter most to them.  Our philanthropic work focuses on breast cancer – one of the greatest female health concerns - and gender-based violence, which impacts one in three women worldwide.

We’re working hard to be a more sustainable resilient business, from how we create our products through to lowering the environmental footprint of our operations. 

We’re on an ambitious journey to reduce the packaging of our products and increase use of recycled and recyclable materials. We’re working towards more renewable and natural ingredients and biodegradable formulas for our beauty products.  And we’ve committed to full traceability and/or certification of our critical supply chains by 2025. 

To tackle our carbon footprint we have made the commitment to be net zero by 2030.  In addition to reducing our carbon emissions we are improving waste management, and recycling and water stewardship across our operations.

Avon: For Women

We believe in a better world for women, which is a better world for all. 

We speak up and speak out on issues that matter most to women: breast cancer and gender-based violence. We seek to help women overcome the challenges they face, and become the best they can be.

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Economic participation

We were founded to provide an opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs to earn and learn on their own terms. We continue to drive change for economic participation today, supporting women and men across the world to build their own business. 

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Inclusion

We believe in beauty democracy. While the majority of our Representatives and customers are women, we’re open to all – regardless of gender, sexuality, race, age, or ability. We welcome and encourage inclusion and diversity. We’re proud to support the UN LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business, and celebrate and support all of our LGBTIQA+ communities around the world.

Improving our environmental impact

We work to continually reduce our environmental footprint and responsibly manage our global operations.

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A global stand against animal testing

We proudly became the first global beauty company to end animal testing across all products in every country in which we operate, and have been working for acceptance of non-animal methods for three decades.

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Building a more human-kind and planet-kind future

As the beauty industry considers its role in sustainability and how to effect change in packaging, product sourcing and waste – are we missing a crucial detail? The people. Global Cosmetics News invited us onto their famous podcast series to explore how the beauty industry can reframe its sustainability agenda by bringing together people and the planet to truly make a difference. 

 

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You can find out more about how we’re tackling some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues here in our corporate responsibility report
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