As a global company, we recognize that we are part of a global community. This was never more apparent than in this past year during which our people and our business exhibited tremendous resilience in the face of challenging and difficult circumstances, such as global terror attacks and economic instability. I am proud of our employees’ continued compassion amid these difficult times.
Increasingly, we are looking at opportunities to focus our corporate citizenship and sustainability efforts in areas where we can have the greatest long-term impact and resonance with our business, our consumers and our communities. Our brands made great strides this year. Aveda celebrated 10 years of protecting clean water in over 20 countries, the BCA Campaign raised over $6 million to support breast cancer research, education and medical services, and 3,000 of our global employees participated in the World AIDS Day Global Volunteer Initiative in support of the M·A·C AIDS Fund.
We have many opportunities to affect economic, environmental and social impacts throughout our entire value chain. We look forward to strengthening our efforts to positively contribute solutions to some of our global sustainability challenges.
William P. Lauder
September 23, 2016