As issues around water scarcity remain on the sustainability forefront, Avon continues to take steps to use water wisely and conserve this precious resource, especially in water stressed parts of the world. From 2005 through 2012, Avon has made significant water reductions throughout the company's operations, reducing water use by a total of 180 million gallons in manufacturing facilities and 20 million gallons in distribution centers.
Some examples of Avon's annualized global efforts to reduce water consumption in 2011-2012 are included below. These initiatives reflect the commitment of the Avon Green Building Promise to minimize the environmental impacts of the company's facilities by achieving LEED certification in all new construction and major renovations.
In 2012, Avon reduced overall water usage by 8.5 percent in manufacturing operations in absolute terms, but increased usage by 5.3 percent on a per unit basis from 2011 levels. Against the 2005 baseline, Avon has reduced its total water consumption by 33 percent on an absolute basis and by 31 percent on a per unit basis – exceeding Avon’s target of 20 percent reduction.
In 2012, Avon's consumption increased by 5.3 percent at its manufacturing locations per unit from 2011 levels.
In 2012, Avon's total water consumption was reduced 8.5 percent from 2011 levels.
As a multinational company, Avon realizes its impact on the global community and continues to implement projects to achieve zero water waste discharge in water-scarce countries where the company operates, particularly in India, China and Brazil. The Avon manufacturing facility in China has been designated a National Environmental Protection Operative Technology Demonstration Project and has received an Environmental Protection Award for waste water expansion project from the Guangdong Environmental Protection Industry Association. Also in China, the new Avon R&D Center in Shanghai achieved LEED Platinum certification.