Avon Products, Inc. Corporate Responsibility Report: The Beauty of Doing Good

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Avon Products, Inc. Corporate Responsibility Report: The Beauty of Doing Good

"To meet fully the obligations of corporate citizenship by contributing to the well-being of society and the environment in which it functions.” – David H. McConnell, Avon Founder, 1886
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Avon Products: The Beauty of Doing Good -  Avon Products, Inc. launches its third Corporate Responsibility Report through an online portal: responsibility.avoncompany.com

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 9:00am

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) December 6, 2011 - Avon Products, Inc. has launched its third Corporate Responsibility Report, titled The Beauty of Doing Good, through an online portal: responsibility.avoncompany.com. Avon is best known for its leadership in empowering women for 125 years and driving global philanthropy for decades, and the company’s founding principles also address the company's role and impact in the world with a commitment to "contribute to the well-being of society and the environment in which it functions" – a commitment brought to life through decades of environmental management.

The core content of Avon’s Corporate Responsibility Report addresses the "three pillars" of Avon's corporate responsibility mission, efforts and achievements: Empowering Women, Sustainability and Philanthropy. Also covered are the many foundational commitments of corporate responsibility, such as diversity, ethics and stakeholder engagement. Underpinning the entire CR Report is increased transparency and a deeper level of disclosure than in the past reports.
Avon is committed to the mission to "do well by doing good," managing its business enterprise to the highest standards while leveraging its unique capacity to mobilize and engage people to be agents of change in their lives, their communities and the world.
“Looking ahead, we have many ambitious goals. In economic empowerment, our vision is to reach 10 million Sales Representatives, offering opportunity to three million additional women worldwide. For global philanthropy, we hope to reach $1 billion by 2013. In sustainability, we are targeting a 20% absolute reduction in green house gas emissions by 2020.” – Andrea Jung, Avon Chairman & CEO, 2011


Increased Transparency and Depth of Disclosure
Avon’s report was produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Avon has self-declared an application Level B for its 2010 report, compared to the Level C achieved in the prior report. The CR Report includes a GRI Content Index listing of all standard disclosures covered in the report. Development of the current CR Report was driven by a commitment to increased transparency across all sections, encompassing goals, challenges, metrics and data.
This CR Report is presented in an interactive, online format to avoid the environmental impact of a full printed report, to better engage stakeholders and allow for more frequent updates. The company's goal is to publish a new report every two years, with intermediate updates on new developments, performance data, news and achievements.


Sustainability: Environmental Impact Improvement
Avon’s environmental commitment encompasses three key areas: Helping End Deforestation, Minimizing the Operational Footprint, and Managing the Product Lifecycle. Across all aspects of sustainability, the company is focused on being internally authentic while driving external mobilization.
Helping End Deforestation: Avon is committed to helping end deforestation through internal policies, such as the Paper Promise and Palm Oil Promise, and externally through the Avon Hello Green Tomorrow global mobilization, education and fundraising program. The Avon Paper Promise commits to key steps to reduce the demand on forests, including a target to purchase 100% of its paper from certified and/or post-consumer recycled content sources by 2020 (the company is already at 74%). The Palm Oil Promise is focused on helping drive the demand and supply of sustainable palm oil, and to protect the endangered tropical forests.
Avon Hello Green Tomorrow external initiative in more than 50 countries has raised millions of dollars to help restore the critically endangered Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil and the tropical forests of Indonesia. Avon also launched a concurrent education campaign encouraging Associates, Customers and Sales Representatives to take personal environmental action through the 5 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Replant, with comprehensive information available at www.hellogreentomorrow.com.


Minimizing Avon’s Operational Footprint: Avon launched the Green Building Promise to drive “green” buildings worldwide, and the company met or exceeded nearly every one of its 2004 environmental goals with new, aggressive benchmarks set for 2012.  
  • Green Buildings: The Avon Green Building Promise formalized a long-held commitment to design and build all new major buildings and renovations in accordance with LEED (or local equivalent) certification standards. Accomplishments include Gold certification in Zanesville, Ohio (US); Sao Paolo, Brazil; and Guarne, Colombia; Platinum certification in Shanghai, China; and BREEAM Very Good in Northampton, UK and the US Headquarters in New York City, which was built to LEED Gold for Interiors and awaits final certification.

  • GHG Emissions Reductions: The company exceeded their 25% GHG emissions reduction four years early with a 31% reduction reached by 2008, and committed to an additional 10% reduction by 2012 and 20% reduction by 2020. This represents a 40% overall reduction of GHG emissions from 2002 levels.

  • Recycling Efficiency: Recycling efficiency was 76% in manufacturing sites and 80% in distribution centers.

  • Water Intensity: In 2010, Avon reduced overall water usage by 10% in manufacturing operations (absolute and per unit basis) and by 23% throughout administrative facilities and distribution centers (absolute basis). Avon’s long-term goal is to reduce water intensity by 40% by 2020. 

Managing the Product Lifecycle: Avon carefully manages the development, testing, manufacturing and distribution of its products. This ensures that its products meet the company's high standards for safety, and are of the quality consumers have come to expect. At various stages of the product lifecycle, Avon assesses whether environmental impacts exist and, if so, seeks solutions to address them. The company hasglobal safety and quality assurance policies and processes, including stringent standards for raw materials, that apply to both company-owned manufacturing facilities and third-party manufacturers thatproduce its products around the world. 
Global Philanthropy
Philanthropy is core to Avon’s mission and a key part of the company’s "DNA," brought to life by the unique ability to educate and mobilize people worldwide for issues that are of vital importance to women. Driving this commitment is the partnership between the corporation and the US-based public charity, the Avon Foundation for Women.
Today, the Avon Foundation is the largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on women's issues globally. Through the end of 2010, total Avon global philanthropy had raised and donated more than $800 million through programs in over 50 countries. Tens of millions of dollars are awarded each year in grants through a rigorous selection process for the signature programs – the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence – as well as emergency and disaster relief. In 2010, the Avon Foundation for Women awarded a total of $43.6 million.


Empowering Women
The core priority of the company today continues to be the empowerment of women. As Avon CEO Andrea Jung has stated, the "product" Avon offers is not lipstick, but economic opportunity for women. The company may be considered one of the world's largest micro lenders, with $1 billion in credit extended on virtually any day of the year and about $4 billion annually in total Sales Representative earnings. Around the world, the Avon earnings opportunity is still a path to financial independence, self-reliance and the realization of dreams for women. Today, in more than 100 countries, 6.5 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives - the vast majority who are women - are improving their lives by selling Avon products.
To access the entire Avon Corporate Responsibility Report, visit responsibility.avoncompany.com



Media Interviews: Nicole Stipp, Senior Account Executive
Susan Arnot Heaney, Director, Corporate Responsibility
Keywords: Research, Reports & Publications | Avon | CR | CSR | Corporate Responsibility | Empowering Women | Recycling | Sustainability | environment | philanthropy

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