Responsible Business Report

The beauty of doing good for Her, the planet, for each other

Avon is more than just a beauty brand. We have been making a positive difference to the lives of women for over 130 years and this continues to be the purpose that drives the company today. This also means focusing on our impact on the planet. In building a modern and relevant Avon, we also consider carefully our environmental impact and how we ensure we sell responsibly sourced and made products.

Below you can find out more about the progress we made in 2018 in our support of women, our environmental impact and ensuring that we operate responsibly. 

Annual Highlights

Be the Company for Women

Environmental Impact

Operate Responsibly

 

59% of Avon’s global workforce are women

 

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Launched the global Pink Light Project to educate women about breast cancer, which had 337 million media impressions worldwide during Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018

 

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Launched the Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls, and contributed more than $2 million globally to support

 

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Avon Foundation for Women nearly doubled its commitment to the Global Scholarship Programme to $500,000 per annum
 
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 15.4% on an absolute basis, from our 2005 baseline

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Increased our recycling rate to 93%

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Eliminated PVC (polyvinyl chloride) packaging in all finished beauty products produced for our brands

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91% of Avon’s brochure paper met our Paper Promise goal

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Launched a mobile and e-interactive shoppable brochure which has been rolled out in 55 markets, helping to significantly reduce paper use
Original signatories of the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people

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Avon in Poland, South Africa, and the Czech Republic were all named Top Employers for 2018

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Had a more than 99.5% completion rate for Ethics & Compliance online training, which more than 1,200 new associates received when they joined Avon

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Conducted 658 supplier audits as part of our social responsibility monitoring programme

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Recorded only 48 safety incidents

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Open Up Avon

Our ‘Open Up’ Avon strategy reinforces our commitment as the company for women, changing lives of beauty entrepreneurs and democratising beauty for consumers.

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stand4her

Our stand4her commitment further propels Avon’s support for Representatives and women worldwide. 

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Global Scholarship Programme

This year the Avon Foundation for Women nearly doubled its financial investment in the Global Scholarship Programme.

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Diversity and Inclusion

We have a long history of supporting diversity and inclusion. 

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“Avon has been making a positive social impact for over 130 years since we first created the opportunity for our Representatives to set up their own beauty enterprises. I’m proud that we continue to build on this with stand4her, our vision to build a better planet for women, through women.  We’re opening up a sustainable future for Avon – a profitable, growing company and one that supports a sustainable future for our world.  This is the time to double-down on our efforts as we harness our purpose to be a force for good.”

 

Jan Zijderveld, CEO