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Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

The Estée Lauder Companies’ collective vision is to be the most inclusive and diverse beauty company in the world, and to be both the employer of choice for diverse talent and the brand of choice for our global consumers. We are a people first company, respecting and caring for our employees, communities and consumers. With consumers in approximately 150 countries and territories around the world, we recognize that in order to properly serve the communities in which we live and work, our workforce and products must reflect and represent this global diversity.

  • 81% of Global Workforce is Female
  • 50% of U.S. Workforce is comprised by minorities
  • 57% of Global VP positions and above are held by Women

Source: The Estée Lauder Companies, Fiscal 2022

We believe that inclusion, diversity and equity drives creativity and innovation, enabling our employees to lead from every chair. We value an inclusive, diverse and equitable workforce that recognizes how empathy and caring for our consumers comes from understanding local relevancy and the changing needs of our global consumer.

We are deeply committed to doing even more to facilitate a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging within our company and our communities.

Fabrizio Freda

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Beauty of Belonging 

The Estée Lauder Companies’ values are rooted in respect for the individual, a culture of belonging and long-held values of inclusion, diversity, equity and engagement. We are committed to promoting and maintaining an inclusive culture and welcome each person’s unique strengths and talents, regardless of geography, age, culture, race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability or socioeconomic status. We embrace the beauty of belonging, enabling our diverse workforce to generate the innovative products and practices that make us the most creative, flexible, and dynamic company in our industry.

Creativity and innovation thrive in an organization where different perspectives, disciplines and experiences are recognized, respected and cultivated.

Marilu Marshall

SVP, Executive Management and Chief Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Officer

The strength of The Estée Lauder Companies is rooted in the collective diversity of backgrounds and unique perspectives of our employees. We believe that diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives result in greater innovation and better problem-solving across our organization.

Aligned with our vision to become the most inclusive and diverse beauty company in the world, we will continue to empower and engage our employees, encouraging them to bring their authentic self to every part of our business. We are committed to amplifying their talents and ensuring a workforce that understands and represents the global consumer base and the communities we serve.

How ELC Defines Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

At the Estée Lauder Companies, we believe that no one person, group or culture has all the knowledge, skills, or information necessary for success in our business, and it is important that unique voices are heard, shared, and considered. This is how we define inclusion, diversity, and equity:

Inclusion: Creating an environment that recognizes, values and respects the differences that people bring to the workplace and the world, encouraging those who work at the company to bring their authentic self and feel represented in everything we do.

Diversity: All of the different characteristics, attributes, and experiences that shape our identities, and fuel our perspectives, behaviors, and ideas.

Equity: The fair treatment of all, and the elimination of disparities in access to resources, benefits, and opportunities.

Committed to Equity

The Estée Lauder Companies is committed to driving equity across our business and around the world. Through our gender and racial equity approaches, we are acting on our collective mission to have long-term, sustainable impact that creates a more equitable future for all.

Racial Equity

The Estée Lauder Companies is deeply committed to sustaining a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging within our company and our communities. To that end, we have developed defined Racial Equity goals, in collaboration with our employees, consumers and partner organizations to make meaningful, long-term change.
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Racial Equity

Rooted in our long-held values of respect for the individual, inclusion and equality, our Racial Equity commitments will help us in our continuous efforts to make equity a reality at The Estée Lauder Companies.

Listening & Learning

  • Fostering a stronger internal culture of advocacy and inclusion to help employees share their voices, be heard and collectively affect change.

Talent & Opportunity for our Black Employees

  • Ensure that we are providing more equitable access to professional development and advancement for our Black employees in the United States and hold ourselves accountable for creating a workforce that is more representative and responsive to people of all backgrounds.


  • Ensure that the end-to-end creative process accurately and consistently represents the Black experience, engages Black professionals and that our products meet the needs of our Black consumers.


  • Ensure that we leverage our power to support Black-owned businesses. We commit to at least double the amount we currently spend on sourcing ingredients, packaging materials and supplies from Black-owned businesses over the next three years.

Investing in Change

  • Meaningfully support external organizations and non-profits pushing for systemic changes and racial and social justice.
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Gender Equity

When Mrs. Estée Lauder placed her name on a jar of her signature cream 75 years ago, she challenged the status quo and built a company based on the principles of equality and women’s advancement. Today, we are still making history, with women across our organization at every level, leading from every chair.
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Gender Equity

At The Estée Lauder Companies we are committed to advancing women both within our organization and around the world. At ELC, we now see a workforce of 81 percent women with over 50 percent of women at leadership levels. Almost half of our Board of Directors are women. We believe all genders should have equal access to job opportunities and positions of leadership, including access to the tools and support to help them achieve their goals, and believe that all genders deserve equal access to health, education and economic participation, and should be presented an equal playing field. We are committed to giving women and girls access to the proper tools and skills needed to become successful and create lasting change.

To that end, we are part of the United Nations Foundation’s Five for 5 Initiative and developed a set of commitments aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, centered around achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, with an end goal of 2025. Through the Five for 5 initiatives, we plan to address three specific goals: equality of leadership, equality of opportunity and equality of access to health and education. Additionally, we have centered our 2021 strategy around our new initiative “Opening Doors: Women’s Advancement and Gender Equality.” This initiative will allow ELC to not only honor our history but also level the playing field for all genders by furthering our strong culture rooted in inclusion and diversity, advocacy, flexibility and engagement.

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Global Diversity Council

Our Global Diversity Council was established in 2009. Led by William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman and Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, the council leads our ID&E priorities, provides guidance and support of our ID&E Center of Excellence, as well as our Brand, Regional and Function Councils /Task forces. In addition to providing guidance, the Global Diversity Council is responsible for reporting and tracking inclusion, diversity and equity progress across the organization. The Council meets on a quarterly basis and is composed of 24 senior leaders.

Explore our Employee Resource Groups

The Estée Lauder Companies' Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) were established to foster a culture of inclusion and create a work environment where employees can feel comfortable and empowered to share and exchange ideas. ELC’s Employees Resource Groups not only offer support, networking and community-building, but also expand the possibilities for our employees to engage and collaborate on creative approaches to business opportunities.

Our ERGs, and their global chapters, are inclusive and open to all employees to join, inspired by the belief that “you don’t have to be to belong."

Asian and Pacific Islander ERG

Administrative Professionals ERG

Families at Work ERG

Millennials and Gen-Z ERG

Hispanic Connections ERG

Disability and Mental Health ERG

Mental Health and Wellbeing ERG

Men's ERG

Middle Eastern and North African ERG

Network of Black Leaders and Executives ERG


Wisdom, Innovation & Spirit of ELC

Women’s Leadership Network

Veterans ERG

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Action at ELC

ELC's Employee Resource Groups allow employees to express themselves, and provide invaluable and important perspective to drive the company's global business.

ELC's Women Lead the Change during Women's History Month. Featured in order of appearance: Lyric Christian, Global Integrated Communications and Content, MAC Cosmetics; Tope Abu, Assistant Manager, Global Brand Supply Chain, Clinique; Nancy Maloney, Executive Director, Global Corporate Communications; Madison Reynolds, Analyst, Digital Technology and Engineering, Information Technology; Cricket Temple, Principle Research Scientist; Stephanie Herlihy, Director, Global Store Design, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; and Kathleen James -Lawrence, Senior Scientist, Research and Development

NOBLE members share their journey into beauty in the first chapter of "Journeys: Individual. Collective. Ours." in honor of Black History Month

Members of wELCome, ELC's LGBTQIA ERG, share a message for Pride Month

Members of ELC's Veterans ERG and Leonard A. Lauder, the company's Chairman Emeritus and a Navy veteran, discuss the importance of receiving letters during their time in the military

Progress Towards Our Goals

The Estée Lauder Companies, we believe that achieving equity requires a holistic approach; one that further invests in our diverse talent through career advancement, development programs, hiring practices, enhanced talent management and transparency to ensure sustainable progress over the long term. As part of our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) reporting, we disclose our U.S. workforce diversity metrics and pay equity data in ELC's Social Impact and Sustainability Report.

We are a company committed to living our values, and while we are proud of our progress, we recognize that our journey towards equity is ongoing. To further our progress and strengthen our culture of inclusion and diversity, we must continue our holistic approach towards equity and hold ourselves accountable. Through listening, learning, and fostering a culture of transparency, we hope to ensure a future that is equitable, diverse, respectful, and representative of all contributions and backgrounds.

We pledge to work diligently and purposefully to accomplish our collective vision to be the most inclusive and diverse beauty company in the world.

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