From Scott White, CEO
Mother’s Day takes on special meaning for us here at Avon. This is a time for us to applaud the hundreds of thousands of Representatives and Associates who make the world a better place for women.
For over 130 years - 34 years before women had the right to vote - Avon has been creating successful female business owners. Among our Representative ranks are mothers, who have turned to the Avon opportunity for many different reasons. Some come to earn money to support her family, others to build her self-esteem, and some join because they value the connections they feel to like-minded women and to a company that stands for women’s empowerment. These "Momtrepreneurs" value the flexibility that comes with being their own boss – building their businesses on their own terrms and setting their own hours to balance the needs of their family and work. When those Representatives win with Avon, so do their families.
This Mother’s Day, we honor Avon Moms by sharing a message of gratitude from those who know them best – their children! In our "What My Avon Mom Taught Me” campaign, we hear firsthand the heartfelt messages from Avon kids about the lessons they’ve learned from their Beauty Boss Moms.
We also know that health and safety are essential to a woman’s empowerment, which is why we remain committed to ending breast cancer and domestic violence. We are proud to have reached over $1 billion globally in contributions to these important causes that impact far too many women. In celebration of Mother's Day, Avon and the Avon Foundation advanced this commitment even further with a donation to Sanctuary for Families, New York City’s largest service provider for survivors of domestic violence and their children. We surpassed $675,000 in donations to this organization with a new $5,000 grant that was presented in late April by several of our Avon Representatives.
The donation coincides with the launch of our Branching Out Empowerment Tote for Mother’s Day. This limited-edition, fundraising product was created through Avon’s unique partnership with Sanctuary for Families and their Children’s Collaborative Art Project. The tote features a painting of a beautiful tree - symbolizing hope, healing and growth - created by a young boy residing with his mother at one of the shelters. The tote is available for purchase here.
This Mother's Day, we share our gratitude with our Representatives and Associates for their hard work, their purpose-driven dedication, and for sharing in our company’s steadfast commitment to women.