This announcement follows a meeting last evening in Mexico City with MAC executives and Mexican government officials, including CONAVIM (Comisión Nacional Para Prevenir y Erradicar la Violencia Contra las Mujeres/National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women.)
During the meeting, held at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this collective group committed to working together on the overall direction of the new initiative to help the women and girls of Juarez and to raise global awareness of their plight. MAC executives reiterated their deep regret and reinforced that it was never MAC’s or Rodarte’s intent to minimize the suffering of the women and girls of Ciudad Juarez.
In the coming weeks, MAC and Rodarte will be consulting with members of CONAVIM´s advisory board, as well as other local and global experts, to develop a comprehensive framework that provides grants to local and international organizations with a track record of improving the lives of the women and girls in Juarez.
“We are deeply sorry and apologize to everyone we offended, especially the
victims, the women and girls of Juarez and their families. We have heard the
response of concerned global citizens loud and clear and are doing our very best
to right our wrong. The essence of MAC is to give back and care for the
community and our initial handling of this makeup collection was not reflective
of MAC’s values. MAC and Rodarte are committed to using these learnings to raise
awareness on this important issue and to leverage our unique platform to help
the women and girls of Juarez,” said MAC President John Demsey.
“Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social
change. As designers, we strongly feel it is our responsibility to use ideas and
actions for the good of our global community and are truly sorry for the offense
we have caused. We are raising our voices in support of the strong women and
girls of Juarez and joining others who are working internationally to improve
their lives,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designers of Rodarte.
Last week, MAC and Rodarte announced they would also be renaming the products and redesigning the marketing materials associated with the collection.
MAC has a longstanding tradition of service in Mexico, supporting important social causes in the country such as HIV prevention and treatment. Since 2002, the MAC AIDS Fund has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local entities, including Fundación Eudes, La Casa de la Sal, A.C., Ser Humano, A.C., Mesón de la Misericordia Divina A.C., Pirana Studio, and Fundación Unidos por un México Vivo.
MAC has had operations in Mexico since 1999. The brand currently employs more than 150 local professionals.