Being a Responsible Company

Being a Responsible Corporation

Here is just a snapshot of how we're conducting business responsibly in the countries and communities where we live and work.

Mary Kay Inc. was one of the first companies to enact a comprehensive corporate recycling program and one of the first companies to ban product testing on laboratory animals. Here are just a few of our achievements:

  • Mary Kay Inc. established an extensive recycling program in 1989 that includes product line packaging. Mary Kay's achievements in environmental protection have resulted in numerous awards and honors.
  • Mary Kay Inc. does not do animal testing. Mary Kay Inc. has not conducted, or requested on its behalf, any testing of products or ingredients on animals in over 15 years and actively supports the research of alternative testing methods.
  • In 1995 Mary Kay became the first cosmetics manufacturer to be awarded the Star Work Site designation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for its excellent safety record, safety programs and employee involvement. In 1998 and 2003, Mary Kay Inc. was again recognized for its exemplary safety program and awarded recertification as a Star Work Site.
  • In the United States, Mary Kay is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered drug manufacturing operation. This allows the Company to manufacture and distribute certain products classified as over-the-counter drugs, such as sunscreens and acne treatment products. The research team keeps abreast of each country's various governmental regulatory agencies to ensure that products comply with regulatory restrictions and guidelines.
  • In 2005 Mary Kay Inc. gave a $1 million endowment to support dermatology research at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to help stimulate ground-breaking research and help further advancements in the field of dermatology.
  • Mary Kay Inc. is an active member of the Personal Care Product Council (PCPC). As a member, Mary Kay Inc. supports the organization's Consumer Commitment Code, established to further strengthen industry safeguards for consumers and ensure the continued safety of all cosmetics products. To learn more about PCPC and the Consumer Commitment Code visit
  • Mary Kay Inc. has been a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) since 1970. Read more about Mary Kay and the DSA Code of Ethics, and our involvement with the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA).
Being a Responsible Company

Industry Partnerships

Industry Partnerships

Dermatologists and other medical experts play a vital role in product development. Mary Kay Inc. has developed alliances around the world with leading dermatologists and ophthalmologists in academic medicine and private practice, and these specialists serve as key advisers to our research scientists. As a sign of Mary Kay Inc.'s strong commitment to these relationships, the Company has funded an endowed Chair of Dermatology at one of the most respected medical research institutions, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In addition, we offer ongoing support to other renowned institutions, including the:

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • University of Texas Southwestern Dermatology Department
  • Skin Cancer Foundation
  • Dermatology Foundation
  • Dermatology Nurses Association
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • American Contact Dermatitis Society
  • Women's Dermatologic Society

Our Product Promise

Our commitment is to consistently meet or exceed our consumers' expectations. Discover the details about how Mary Kay works around the world to keep that promise.

When you shop with an Independent Beauty Consultant, you can be certain that you'll always get products you can believe in. Our commitment is to consistently meet or exceed consumer expectations. Click below to see product promise video segments that detail how we work around the world to keep our commitment.

Product Safety
Product Development
Scientific Innovation
Our Commitment to the World
  • Product Safety
    Product safety is our highest priority. Our expert team of scientists not only tests each product, they start by testing each ingredient to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

  • Product Development
    The wisdom of dermatologists and other medical experts is vitally important to our process. And because we believe that all women are beauty experts, too, we also rely on the opinions and experiences of thousands of women worldwide.

  • Scientific Innovation
    From renowned research institutions to premier ingredient vendors, Mary Kay continues to search the world for the latest beauty innovations.

  • Our Commitment to the World
    There is only one standard Mary Kay holds to worldwide - the highest standard. When it comes to quality, safety and performance, we're committed to "wowing" consumers with our passion for delivering the absolute best in beauty.

  • Messages presented by:
    Terry Jacks, Vice President, Research and Development
    Yvette Franco, Vice President, Brand Development