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Public Policy

Avon's Code of Conduct prohibits political contributions by or on behalf of the company without the prior approval of Avon's Global Government Affairs office. Associates in the U.S. may make personal contributions to the Avon Fund for Responsible Government Political Action Committee in support of U.S. federal candidates for public office.

Avon may advocate its positions on matters that relate to its business, such as direct-selling legislation that may impact the ability of Sales Representatives to run their businesses, including independent contractor status, taxes, licensing, and registration requirements. Avon also engages on matters that may impact the sale or formulation of beauty and non-beauty products.

Examples of legislation affecting Avon Sales Representatives on which Avon worked independently or took an active role in conjunction with its trade association include:

  • Proposed legislation in various municipalities which would require Representatives to undergo background checks, fingerprinting and licensing to sell products in a door-to-door manner. Avon opposes regulations of this type
  • Proposals in California to require withholding taxes on independent contractors

Avon is a member of various trade associations, which provide information and assistance to governing bodies or interested parties on items of importance to the company.

Each year, Avon discloses on its website the recipients and portion of Avon dues or payments used for political contributions and expenditures by U.S. trade associations and tax-exempt groups of which Avon is a member that receive such dues or payments from Avon in excess of $100,000 per year.  To learn more, please see Avon's Current Political Contributions and Expenditures Report.

Avon is a member of many organizations related to the company's business and mission, such as the European Direct Selling Association (SELDIA); United States Council for International Business (USCIB); the Toy Industry Association (TIA); American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU); and, starting in 2011, Avon will be a member of Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP).  For a list of memberships that Avon belongs to, click here.

Avon also takes a leadership role in supporting and enhancing the ethical performance of both the cosmetic and direct-selling industries, working with other companies through trade organizations such as the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and the Direct Selling Association (DSA). For example, Avon played a leadership role in strengthening the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) Code of Ethics in 2008 and developing a WFDSA Ethics Toolkit for use by companies in the direct-selling industry as well as DSAs around the globe.