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Avon Part of the “New Normal” in Corporate America when It Comes to LGBT Equality in the Workplace

Nov 14, 2012

Avon is honored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation at a New York reception on October 23, 2012 for being one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality."

For the second year in a row, Avon Products, Inc. has been named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).  CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

For a company to make the Best Places to Work list, it must score 100%.  This year 252 businesses earned that distinction, up from a mere 13 when the CEI was launched 11 years ago.   A total of 889 businesses were rated, including the entire Fortune 500.  While no other pure beauty companies scored 100%, consumer products peers Johnson & Johnson and Unilever were among the Best Places to Work.

“Corporate America continues to raise the bar in workplace fairness,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “LGBT-inclusive workplace policies are not only the right thing to do and good business practices, they are the new normal.”  With fierce competition among companies to bring in (and retain) the best employees, having a top CEI rating can be a critical recruiting tool.

CEI evaluates companies on 40 corporate policies and practices related to LGBT equality, including domestic partnership benefits and nondiscrimination policies covering gender identity. To view the entire CEI, visit

Avon Timeline

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For in-depth corporate archives, please visit Avon's online digital archive collection at the Hagley Museum. Click here to launch the site.