Avon is committed to offering safe and effective products in the markets in which we conduct business around the world, and we are proud of our more than 130-year safety record. We have the same universal standards of quality and safety worldwide and are fully compliant with all regulations established by government agencies that oversee beauty and personal care product ingredients and safety. Our customers can use the products with confidence.
We conduct rigorous tests throughout our research and product development process to ensure the safety and quality of our ingredients and products. While we comply with regulatory requirements in the countries where we maintain operations and continuously monitor products for safety, we maintain a single Global Product Safety Standard for the beauty products developed in our labs every year. Through this commitment, we are proud of our safety record.
The safety of every beauty product must be substantiated prior to product introduction. Avon is vigilant in monitoring the safety of our beauty products in the hands of consumers. We will remove any ingredient from our cosmetic products should new evidence emerge that would no longer support its safe use.
If we determine through scientific inquiry that an ingredient can no longer be considered to be used safely, or if ever prohibited by law, we would discontinue its use. Our approach is designed to ensure compliance with all laws and, in some cases, goes beyond to ensure safety. We also take into account consumer preference and provide formulation options when safe and effective alternatives are available
Avon has a deep respect for animal welfare and was the first major cosmetic company in the world to end animal testing. In June 1989, we announced a permanent end to animal testing of our products, including testing done in outside laboratories. For more than 20 years we have independently substantiated the safety of our products without animal testing. Avon does not conduct nor request animal testing in order to substantiate the safety or efficacy of any of its products or raw ingredients. Our approach to safety evaluation utilizes data from computational modeling, in vitro (test tube/cell culture) evaluation and clinical tests on human volunteers, as well as utilization of pre-existing data.
Some products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, including animal testing. In these instances, we will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data. Our commitment is to work within a country, in partnership with other organizations, to help bring about positive change and the acceptance of non-animal testing methods. Abandoning a market would deny us the opportunity to help drive toward a long term solution.
Avon supports ending the violence and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, which is supported, in part, by financing from trade in certain “conflict minerals.”
In compliance, we are strengthening our due diligence capabilities and processes to identify the source of minerals used in company products and are committed to improving over time our ability to track and trace conflict minerals in our supply chain.
An important part of packaging for consumers is the product labeling. Consumers trust Avon's products to be safe and of high quality, and we aim to maintain that trust through accurate labeling in compliance with regulatory guidelines. To ensure that consumers know what ingredients are used in products, as well as how to safely use and dispose of them, we provide information for 100 percent of our beauty products both online and directly on the packages.