Our company recognized the beauty of "corporate responsibility" nearly a century before the term became part of the cultural lexicon. From the very beginning, in 1886, our Founder David H. McConnell committed his company "to meet fully the obligations of corporate citizenship by contributing to the well-being of society and the environment in which it functions" - words that still guide the company more than 125 years later.
At Avon, we are committed to the mission to "do well by doing good," managing our business enterprise to the highest standards while leveraging our unique capacity to mobilize and engage people to be agents of change in their lives, communities and the world.
Since its inception in 1955, the fundamental mission of the Avon Foundation for Women has been to promote or aid charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on those activities that improve the lives of women and their families.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series in the U.S. is the Avon Foundation's largest annual fundraising initiative. The Avon Walks are currently held in nine cities annually from April to October, with participants spending a weekend walking either 26 or 39 miles (a marathon or marathon and a half).
Nearly one billion women worldwide are affected by domestic and partner violence; that's one in three women. Men can be victims of partner violence too, but the vast majority of those affected are women, making this an issue of vital importance to all families worldwide.
As a direct seller with a "store" that consists of a brochure and printed materials, with virtually no brick and mortar stores, Avon is a significant user of paper. The issue of deforestation is especially important to the company given its reliance on paper. Through Healthy Forests, Beautiful World, Avon's reforestation fundraising initiative, Avon is committed to helping end deforestation-a crisis that endangers the health and wellbeing of our society and environment.
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