M.A.C Cosmetics Receives the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS 2005 Award for Business Excellence at the Awards Gala Headlined by Secretary Condoleeza Rice, Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton and Academy Award Winner Angelina Jolie

Sep 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from M.A.C Cosmetics

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- M.A.C Cosmetics is awarded the Global
 Business Coalition (GBC) 2005 Award for Business Excellence using Core
 Competency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  This award
 will be presented on Wednesday September 28th at the GBC Annual Awards Gala
 emcee Academy Award Winner, Angelina Jolie, with keynote speakers Secretary
 Condoleeza Rice and Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton.  Richard Holbrooke,
 President and CEO of the GBC personally presented the Core Competency Award to
 John Demsey, Global President of M.A.C Cosmetics and Chairman of the M.A.C
 AIDS Fund.
     "We are honored to be recognized by the GBC for our efforts in the fight
 against HIV/AIDS.  Partnerships between the private and public sectors in
 fighting AIDS is crucial," says John Demsey, Global President of M.A.C and
 Chairman of the M.A.C AIDS Fund.  "We are proud that M.A.C has emerged and is
 recognized as global partner in the AIDS community.  By leveraging our
 products and skills, we have raised over $50 million dollars to support AIDS
 organizations worldwide.  At M.A.C, from the beginning, the fight against
 HIV/AIDS is personal and one for which we continue to be committed."
     Since 1994, the M.A.C AIDS Fund has raised money primarily through the
 sales of the VIVA GLAM lipsticks.  This money is used to provide extensive
 assistance in three important areas:  advocacy to generate a much stronger
 overall response to HIV/AIDS; HIV prevention and awareness-raising; and
 capacity building in resource limited settings.  The M.A.C AIDS Fund/VIVA GLAM
 lipstick campaign is the subject of the company's only global advertising
     M.A.C Cosmetics are in great company -- fellow recipients of the 2005 GBC
 Awards for Business Excellence include Workplace Award: Volkswagon of South
 Africa; Innovation Award: Getty Images; Community Award; Bristol-Myers Squibb
 Company, Leadership Award: Virgin Unite; and Testing and Counseling Award:  De
     "In today's global economy, a disease that has killed more than 30 million
 people is everyone's problem - and every company's responsibility," said
 Ambassador Holbrooke.  "The companies we are honoring today have stepped
 forward to make a difference in the fight against AIDS.  They are inspiring
 examples of how the business community can harness its power to help cube this
 global pandemic."
     Instituted in 1988, the GBC Awards for Business Excellence identify and
 honor outstanding private sector HIV/AIDS programs.  A record number of
 international companies submitted entries for the 2005 Award's consideration.
 This year's six winners were chosen for their unique impact on the global
 fight against HIV/AIDS.
     The M.A.C AIDS Fund
     The M.A.C AIDS Fund provides vital support to men, women and children
 living with HIV and AIDS.  Founded in 1994 by M.A.C Cosmetics, the fund has
 raised more than $50 million through the sales of the VIVA GLAM lipstick
 collection, Kids Helping Kids Cards and the M.A.C Deck of Cards.  The proceeds
 are distributed to organizations worldwide that provide direct care services
 and daily essentials to those afflicted with HIV/AIDS, and that offer HIV/AIDS
 education, awareness and prevention programs and support the elimination of
 prejudice and discrimination against HIV/AIDS-affected individuals.  100% of
 the selling price of VIVA GLAM goes to the M.A.C AIDS Fund and are directed to
 local and geographic regions where the need for HIV-related care and services
 are greatest.  For more information about the M.A.C AIDS Fund, log on to
     M.A.C (Make-up Art Cosmetics)
     M.A.C, the leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in
 Toronto, Canada in 1985 and is now part of The Estee Lauder Companies.  The
 company's popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth
 endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around
 the world.  M.A.C products are sold in more than 46 countries worldwide.  For
 a M.A.C location or information on our products and services, visit
 http://www.maccosmetics.com, the recently redesigned site that makes the M.A.C
 online experience simpler, more informational and faster for the user.

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