Avon Malaysia recently received the Bronze award for Excellence in Women Empowerment Strategy at the HR Excellence Awards 2018 gala night in Kuala Lumpur. The Excellence in Women Empowerment Strategy is a new category for 2018 and the prestigious award aims to honour and recognise organisations that champion greater gender diversity at every level in the workplace. Avon was up against Maybank and UEM Group (two of the biggest corporations in Malaysia), iflix and Ansell.
Winners of this award demonstrate they have consciously built a safe and inclusive working space that enables the empowerment and promotion of women in key management positions and room for flexibility to accommodate specific needs. Judges were also keen to understand more about the seniority of women in various business units and how they are given the opportunity to excel, scale and become role models for their peers, while elevating their own capacities.
Avon demonstrated significant progress in its policies for women including gender equity pay, CSR activities, flexible work arrangements, critical illness benefits, medical exams specifically for women, and local engagement and communication programmes for mothers and women (with on-site nursery facilities, self-defence training, educational programmes and focus groups). Avon also presented its diversity policy which addresses the number of women in leadership positions and has seen huge success in Malaysia with 50 percent of the local leadership team being women and 60 percent of people managers also being women.