Avon Products sells beauty, household, and personal care products. The company was founded in 1886 as a rare opportunity for women to run their own business. Today, Avon exceeds $10 billion in sales. Its products are sold through more than 6 million independent sales representatives.
Avon funds the YWCA, an organization that is part of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, “The insurrectionist ideology promoted by the NRA and other pro-gun groups is corrosive to the democratic values and institutions that protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.” (Avon Products Foundation 990 Tax Form, www.guidestar.com, 2013) (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Website, http://csgv.org/about-us/member-organizations/, Accessed 7/18/14) (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Website, http://csgv.org/issues/, Accessed 7/18/14)
Avon is a partner of The Nature Conservancy, a liberal and active proponent of cap-and-trade and a carbon tax, Accessed 12/08/16.
Avon also funds World Wildlife Fund, which supports cap-and-trade and carbon tax legislation. The WWF objects to further oil and gas development, including construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The WWF subscribes to extreme ideas, such as “challenging cities to transition toward 100 percent renewable energy.” Avon also signed the BICEP (Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) Climate Declaration, which supports cap-and-trade policies. (Avon Products Foundation 990 Tax Form, www.guidestar.com, 2013) (Avon Company “Helping End Deforestation”, www.avoncompany.com, Accessed 12/3/14) (“World Wildlife Fund Statement on Climate Change and the State of the Union,” www.http://worldwildlife.org, 1/28/08) (“WWF, NGOs Urge Secretary Kerry to Continue Strong Climate Leadership,” http://worldwildlife.org, 2/7/13) (WWF Website, http://worldwildlife.org/threats/climate-change, Accessed 7/21/14) (BICEP Climate Declaration, http://www.ceres.org/bicep/climate-declaration, Accessed 12/3/14) (Ceres Company Network Members, http://www.ceres.org/bicep/about/member-directory, Accessed 12/3/14).
Avon received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index. A score of 100 indicates adherence on the part of the company to specific criterion that includes financial support to organizations advocating for same-sex marriage. (HRC 2016 Corporate Equality Index, www.hrc.org, Accessed 12/16/15)
Avon is listed as a company that matches gifts to Planned Parenthood, Accessed 10/05/16.
Avon partners with YWCA. YWCA USA is a member of World YWCA, which urged world governments to “broaden legal ground for permitted and safe abortions.” Avon contributes to a United Way chapter that funds Planned Parenthood. (Avon Products Foundation 990 Tax Form, www.guidestar.com, 2013) (World YWCA Website, http://www.worldywca.org, Accessed 5/12/14) (United Way Website, http://www.unitedway.org/pages/contact-us/#12, Accessed 7/18/14) (http://www.2ndvote.com/unitedway)
Avon has remained neutral on the issue of education.