Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with nearly $11 billion in annual revenue. As one of the world's largest direct sellers, Avon is sold through more than 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon products are available in over 100 countries, and the product line includes color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, fashion and home products, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Skin-So-Soft and Advance Techniques.
Our people and our community
The Avon vision is to be the company that bests understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfilment needs of women, and this is central to everything we do.
It is pivotal in every technological advance, in our community involvement, in our continuing efforts to provide
a better product, and in improving our service to Representatives and their Customers.
The key attraction and success of our business is that it involves people. We bring a level of financial independence to many women, as well as a level of social contact, confidence and friendship.
This unique human touch is a key strength to our company.
We are very proud of the products that we sell and the fact that we are one of the market leaders in every beauty category.
We commit large amounts to product research. The Avon Research and Development Laboratories are located in Suffern, New York, where an international group of specialists work with world-renowned scientific institutions to develop beauty products that meet the needs of women globally.
We have been first to market with many innovations. For example, Avon was the first to bring AHA products to the marketplace.
Another, very important part of the self-fulfilment aspect of Avon’s vision is our commitment to women’s health, and in particular, the breast cancer Crusade. Avon’s commitment to women doesn’t stop at raising money for breast cancer. It is an integral part of our Company’s vision and encompasses a variety of community issues.
Avon's Commitment to Animal Welfare
The safety of our consumers is of primary concern to Avon. We are committed to selling only safe products, using only safe ingredients in our cosmetics products and complying with applicable regulations in the more than 100 countries in which Avon products are sold. Within this commitment, we also have a deep respect for animal welfare.
· In June 1989 Avon announced a permanent end to animal testing of our products, including testing done in outside laboratories. Avon was the first major cosmetic company in the world to end animal testing.
· For more than 20 years Avon has independently substantiated the safety of its products without animal testing.
· Avon does not conduct nor request animal testing in order to substantiate the safety or efficacy of any of its products or raw ingredients.
· Our approach to safety evaluation utilizes data from computational modeling, in vitro (test tube/cell culture) evaluation and clinical tests on human volunteers, as well as utilization of pre-existing data.
· Some products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, including animal testing. In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data.
· Avon’s commitment is to work within a country, in partnership with other organizations, to help bring about positive change and the acceptance of non-animal testing methods. Abandoning a market would deny us the opportunity to help drive towards a long term solution.
· Avon has been active in the development, implementation and acceptance of alternative test methods since the 1980's, working to identify and develop new testing alternatives with other cosmetic companies and with external organizations. Avon's Vice President, Product Safety & Integrity serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of The Institute of In Vitro Sciences, Inc., a non-profit research and testing organization dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide. Recently Avon became a Founding Sponsor of the American Society for Cellular Computational Toxicology. Similarly, Avon continues to support the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) in the UK, the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University in the US, and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
· Our efforts were recognized as far back as 1993 at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences: Education, Research and Testing. Also in 1993, Avon was presented with a Recognition Award from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in the US for our dedication to the principles of the 3 R's (refinement, reduction, replacement) and the use of alternative tests for safety evaluation.
· Reflecting the same commitment to animal welfare, the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade does not fund medical research utilizing animals. Through 2012, the Avon Crusade raised more than $780 million for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer.
Please visit the website for more information: http://www.avoncompany.com/corporatecitizenship/corporateresponsibility/resourcecenter/policies_and_procedures/animal_welfare.html
Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better conducts workshops in hospitals all over Australia, for women recovering from the effects of cancer. A founding member, Avon helps with both cash and cosmetic donations, and by producing the quarterly ‘Look Good Feel Better’ newsletter.
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