Avon is fully committed to living up to its mission to be "the company for women" worldwide. In addition to providing economic opportunity for its Sales Representatives, Avon is committed to recognizing, empowering and advancing women within its own ranks. The company's strategic focus on women's empowerment aligns with the nature of its products and expectations of its diverse customers and stakeholders, as well as with its core mission. In 2010 a new Vice President of Global Inclusion joined Avon's executive management with the mandate to drive 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.
In the beginning of 2013, women held four positions on Avon's Executive Committee: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Communications Officer. In addition, Avon's Chief Scientific Officer is also a woman. Worldwide, women hold 34% of the Vice President and above positions and 44% of Executive Director and Director roles.
Women also maintain leadership positions within Avon's functional and geographic operations around the world. For example, women are responsible for leading Avon business in the following regions and countries: Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Balkan region, Ireland, the Middle East, North Africa, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, Greece, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.
Avon has been consistently rated among the Top Companies for Female Executives by the U.S.-based National Association of Female Executives. Avon’s top female leaders have been named among the world's most powerful women by media such as Financial Times, Forbes and Fortune.
In June 2010, Avon's Andrea Jung was among the 39 lead signers 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.