5 big beauty makers rank on Forbes 2019 list of Best Employers for Women

By Deanna Utroske

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The list, published this month by Forbes Media, rates 300 US companies based on survey data that indicates which companies working women like most. The 2019 list includes 5 multinational cosmetics and personal care corporations as well as a handful of pertinent beauty retailers and a couple of notable suppliers.

Forbes teamed up with Statista, a market research company, to gather the data used to create the 2019 list of Best Employers for Women. “The list was compiled by surveying 60,000 Americans, including 40,000 women, working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees,” ​explains Vicky Valet, a Forbes staff writer specializing in career and jobs topics, in her introduction to this year’s list.   

Beauty tops the list

2019 is only the second year Forbes has published a list of Best Employers for Women. And The Estée Lauder Companies’ rise to the top spot this year from the number 22 spot in 2018 has brought the beauty maker some welcome attention.

Valet highlighted the company in a full Forbes.com​ article when the 2019 list was published, noting “It appears that the beauty brand has taken care to cultivate a culture that supports female employees: 84% of its workforce, 53% of its vice president-and-above executives, and 43% of its board of directors are women.”

In that item, Alexandra Trower, executive vice president of global communications at The Estée Lauder Companies, describes the culture at Estée Lauder, saying, “We were founded by a woman—this is just a natural part of our DNA….One of the benefits of being at a family company is family values underpin everything we do . . . [which] brings a sense of accountability and doing the right thing to a really different level.”

Manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers

Here are the rankings of cosmetics and personal care manufacturers, key retailers, and ingredient / materials suppliers as they appear on this year’s Forbes list of Best Employers for Women:

  • 1 The Estée Lauder Companies 
  • 2 Ulta Beauty    
  • 6 Unilever         
  • 17 Great Clips   
  • 20 Sephora       
  • 51 Whole Food Market 
  • 70 Revlon          
  • 104 Johnson & Johnson
  • 111 Macy’s        
  • 139 DowDuPont            
  • 161 L’Oréal       
  • 293 Ashland

Find the full 2019 Forbes list of Best Employers for Women here​.



Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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