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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      No
      0.00/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      WWF Global Forest & Trade Network
      "Avon voluntarily reports the amount of wood fibre we purchase from suppliers under each of the forest certifications systems through WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Avon fully supports those responsible forest management practices that both protect biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and result in long-term social and economic benefits to communities."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    38/86
    • Palm oil
      37/86
      • Commitment Strength
        20/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Certification; Sustainability commitment
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "we are committed to supporting the sustainable and responsible production of palm oil.  We do this through our membership of the RSPO (round table on sustainable palm oil) and through holding our suppliers accountable to our responsible sourcing principles." "In 2018, 51% of our palm oil derivatives, sourced from our 14 largest suppliers, was sourced from companies committed publicly to NDPE (no deforestation, peat or exploitation) principles and we are working hard to increase this and source from suppliers committed to these principles."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "we are committed to supporting the sustainable and responsible production of palm oil.  We do this through our membership of the RSPO (round table on sustainable palm oil) and through holding our suppliers accountable to our responsible sourcing principles."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "we are committed to supporting the sustainable and responsible production of palm oil.  We do this through our membership of the RSPO (round table on sustainable palm oil) and through holding our suppliers accountable to our responsible sourcing principles."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "we are committed to supporting the sustainable and responsible production of palm oil.  We do this through our membership of the RSPO (round table on sustainable palm oil) and through holding our suppliers accountable to our responsible sourcing principles."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "we are committed to supporting the sustainable and responsible production of palm oil.  We do this through our membership of the RSPO (round table on sustainable palm oil) and through holding our suppliers accountable to our responsible sourcing principles."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
             
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "In 2018, 51% of our palm oil derivatives, sourced from our 14 largest suppliers, was sourced from companies committed publicly to NDPE (no deforestation, peat or exploitation) principles and we are working hard to increase this and source from suppliers committed to these principles."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018, 51% of our palm oil derivatives, sourced from our 14 largest suppliers, was sourced from companies committed publicly to NDPE (no deforestation, peat or exploitation) principles and we are working hard to increase this and source from suppliers committed to these principles."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018, 51% of our palm oil derivatives, sourced from our 14 largest suppliers, was sourced from companies committed publicly to NDPE (no deforestation, peat or exploitation) principles and we are working hard to increase this and source from suppliers committed to these principles."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            "As of mid-2018, we achieved 92% traceability [to the mill] for our top 10 suppliers that supply >75% of Avon’s palm oil, which has enabled us to identify key points of leverage and risk within our supply chain where support can effect change on the ground."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "As of mid-2018, we achieved 92% traceability [to the mill] for our top 10 suppliers that supply >75% of Avon’s palm oil, which has enabled us to identify key points of leverage and risk within our supply chain where support can effect change on the ground."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "As of mid-2018, we achieved 92% traceability [to the mill] for our top 10 suppliers that supply >75% of Avon’s palm oil, which has enabled us to identify key points of leverage and risk within our supply chain where support can effect change on the ground."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
             
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
             
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2018, 51% of our palm oil derivatives, sourced from our 14 largest suppliers, was sourced from companies committed publicly to NDPE (no deforestation, peat or exploitation) principles and we are working hard to increase this and source from suppliers committed to these principles."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "As of mid-2018, we achieved 92% traceability [to the mill] for our top 10 suppliers that supply >75% of Avon’s palm oil, which has enabled us to identify key points of leverage and risk within our supply chain where support can effect change on the ground."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Avon conducted 705 audits in 40 countries where production of finished or branded goods takes place, representing approximately 34% of active in-scope factories."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Where an audit reveals instances of noncompliance with the Code or with an applicable local law, Avon works with suppliers and production sites to agree to a comprehensive Corrective Action Plan (CAP). The CAP includes details and a timeframe on actions to be taken and will assign responsibility to an individual within a production site for the implementation of key actions."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          20,000 Tonnes
          Avon reported their palm oil usage in the 2017 RSPO ACOP.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Avon commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Avon do not permit workers to be subject to discrimination based on sex or gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Protects priority forests; Certification
            "Purchase 100% of our paper from certified and or post consumer recycled content sources by 2020 with a certification preference of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."   
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase 100% of our paper from certified and or post consumer recycled content sources by 2020 with a certification preference of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."   
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase 100% of our paper from certified and or post consumer recycled content sources by 2020 with a certification preference of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."   
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase 100% of our paper from certified and or post consumer recycled content sources by 2020 with a certification preference of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."   
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Purchase 100% of our paper from certified and or post consumer recycled content sources by 2020 with a certification preference of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."   
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Purchase 100% of our paper from certified and or post consumer recycled content sources by 2020 with a certification preference of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)."   
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In support of our vision, Avon has a goal of purchasing 100% of our wood fiber from an environmentally preferred mix of recycled fiber and or certified fiber by 2020 where available and cost effective."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Avon is committed to helping end deforestation throughour Paper Promise and our brochure paper is nearly 92% FSC certified or post-consumer recycled"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "Avon voluntarily reports the amount of wood fibre we purchase from suppliers under each of the forest certifications systems through WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Avon is committed to helping end deforestation throughour Paper Promise and our brochure paper is nearly 92% FSC certified or post-consumer recycled"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Avon will inspect its wood fiber suppliers periodically andrequire its suppliers to report regularly concerning their compliance with this policy."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          " If a supplier is not in compliance with any applicable provisions of this policy, Avon will take appropriate action to address non-compliance, which may include (i) an action plan for compliance or (ii) termination or non-renewal of the supply contract."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "As a SPICE member, Avon will collaborate with other cosmetics companies to increase sustainable packaging options for cosmetic products."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Avon commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Avon commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    21/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    12/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Avon Products (Avon) is a global manufacturer and marketer of beauty and cosmetic products. Through its representatives system, it sells skincare products, fragrances, hair products, and fashion items. In 2015, the company had sales operations in 57 countries, excluding the US where it owns a minority stake in New Avon, with top markets including Brazil, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom. It was among the top ten beauty and personal care companies in the world by market share. In 2015, Avon used 20,000 metric tons of palm oil and derivatives in its products.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Clearskin, Avon, Skin So Soft, ANEW

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