In recognition of Mary Kay’s achievements throughout our more than 50 year history, our brand has taken home numerous awards and received prestigious recognition in the business, corporate citizenship and leadership categories from various reputable sources around the world. The awards highlight Mary Kay’s unwavering business values and its dedication to the principles defined by our legendary founder, Mary Kay Ash.

  • 1984 – The first edition of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America book features Mary Kay Inc.
  • 1989 – Chief Scientific Officer for Mary Kay, Dr. Myra O. Barker, is the first woman to receive the “Cosmetics Industry Buyers and Suppliers” Award. The award is presented annually for leadership and service to the cosmetic industry.
  • 1992 – Mary Kay Inc. debuts on the Fortune 500 list.
  • 1993 – For the second time, The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America recognizes Mary Kay Inc. The Company is one of only 55 to appear in both editions.
  • 1994 – Mary Kay Inc. was named one of the “Most Admired Companies in America” by Fortune Magazine.
  • 1996 – Mary Kay Inc. receives “Corporations That Make a Difference” Award from the International Women’s Forum for its leadership initiatives supporting the advancement of women.
  • 2004 – Fortune China names Mary Kay China as one of the 10 best companies to work for in China.
  • 2008 – Mary Kay China earned the top spot on the “2007 Ten Most Profitable Companies in China’s Cosmetics Manufacturing Industry” from China Industrial Enterprise Information Press.
  • 2009 – Mary Kay is among the companies who made the list of greatest service companies in a book titled, The Customer Rules: The 14 Indispensable, Irrefutable, and Indisputable Qualities of the Greatest Service Companies in the World, authored by C. Britt Beemer. Other companies that made the list include Johnson & Johnson, Four Seasons and Lexus.
  • 2011 – Mary Kay Inc. is the only cosmetics company to be named one of the Brand Key’s Top 10 “Brands That Delight” along with companies such as Apple and Facebook.
  • 2017 – Mary Kay Asia Pacific Region President, KK Chua, received the Marco Polo award from Lu Ming, deputy administer of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs China, in Beijing, China. The award recognized KK’s and Mary Kay’s remarkable contributions to talent exchange between China and the United States.
  • 2018 – Mary Kay Spain and Mary Kay Poland earned the “2018 AON Best Employers” Award, recognizing organizations demonstrating excellence in the workplace. Mary Kay China and Mary Kay Mexico picked up the honor in 2017.
  • 2019 – Mary Kay Inc.’s CEO, David Holl, is named among top ten most reputable CEOs in the world, according to Reputation Institute.
  • 2019 – Mary Kay Inc. ranks #42 on the 2019 Global Workplace 100 released by the Reputation Institute.
  • 2019 – Mary Kay Inc. lands on Forbes annual “Best Employers for Diversity” list coming in at #150 out of 500.
  • 2019 – Mary Kay Inc. lands on Forbes annual “Best Midsize Employers” list coming in at #97 out of 500.
  • 2020 – Mary Kay Brazil is named among “100 Brands Most Remembered by Brazilians in the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
  • 2020 – Mary Kay Inc. is named among top brands in the Purpose Power Index for the first time. The study, conducted by Reputation Institute and Strawberry Frog, measured how consumers really think and feel about brand purpose.
  • 2020 – Mary Kay Inc. is included in Forbes annual “Best Employers for Diversity” ranking #430 out of 500.

“From the very beginning, Mary Kay was a brand built on purpose. It’s why we’ve never wavered from our efforts ranging from women’s empowerment and sustainability to cancer research and the fight to end gender-based violence against women and girls. Research shows that consumers today aren’t interested in companies with a sole focus on profit—being purposeful matters.”

Julia Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Diversity Officer of Mary Kay Inc.