Avon is committed to maintaining a global culture that respects and fully values the strengths and differences of all of our Associates. The goal is a work environment in which everyone feels engaged and understood; a place where all have the opportunity to share points of view, offer ideas, and be recognized for their contributions.
We define diversity as the unique collection of qualities, perspectives, talents and skills that individuals are born with and acquire through life’s experiences and choices. Inclusion involves actively embracing diversity, ensuring each person feels comfortable and encouraged to bring his or her “whole self” to work.
As a global company, we are committed to attracting, developing, and leveraging diversity of thought, background, and experience to fuel our One Team, One Avon culture. Our rich heritage of empowering women and commitment to being “the company for women,” drive our approach to inclusion.
In 2010, we established a Global Inclusion Office (GIO), which serves as a center of excellence to oversee all aspects of diversity and inclusion across the company. The GIO focuses on four key areas to effectively support Avon’s business priorities: Marketplace, leveraging Avon’s rich diversity as a business accelerator; Workplace, creating an environment in which all Associates feel understood, valued and engaged; Talent, attracting, developing and retaining talent inclusively, enabling all to thrive; and Community, elevating Avon’s reputation as a brand, company and employer in diverse communities.
We are fully committed to living up to our mission to be "the company for women" worldwide. In addition to providing economic opportunity for our Avon Sales Representatives, we are committed to recognizing, empowering and advancing women within our own ranks. Our strategic focus on women's empowerment aligns with the nature of our products and expectations of our diverse customers and stakeholders, as well as with our core mission.
Our vice president of global inclusion drives business results by further embedding a commitment to women throughout the business and developing a pipeline of talent and a path to success for female Associates.
Additionally, we were among the original corporate sponsors of the CEO Statement of Support for the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business, developed to guide businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Through ongoing support of the UN’s International Women’s Day, and membership in numerous worldwide organizations addressing major social and economic issues facing women, we continue our leadership role in the dialogue around advancing women globally.
Originally launched in 1971 as “Employee Networks,” Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) are voluntary groups led by Avon Associates and sponsored by Avon to attract, develop and engage diverse Associates; to help build cultural awareness and understanding; and to advance our strategic business objectives.
The ARGs’ plans and goals are aligned with our GIO strategy and Avon’s broader business goals to ensure our company and participants gain the greatest benefit and opportunities from their efforts. ARGs partner with leadership teams to identify opportunities that positively impact the business and member Associates.
Our senior leadership is fully committed to the ARG program, with each group having an Executive Sponsor at the vice president-or-higher level in an advisory role, and an Executive Committee “Champion” to represent the group at the Executive Committee level.
Participation of Associates in the ARG program has more than doubled since 2012. We currently have seven ARGs in the United States:
Our new hire orientations include an overview of inclusion and the ARG program, and the GIO website offers Associates the opportunity to propose and form new ARGs. Additional groups are currently being considered in the United States and globally.
ARGs are important enablers to advancing our diversity and inclusion commitment. The groups serve as conduits between Associates and management to share best practices, increase awareness about the business need for and impacts of a diverse workforce, and to develop a more inclusive workplace.
Read more about our diversity & inclusion efforts in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.