On June 18th, 2015 in The Hague, L’Oréal received the “Disability Matters European Union Award” for the participation of all 65 subsidiaries of the group in the “Disability Initiatives Trophies”. This internal competition recognizes subsidiaries local efforts to foster the inclusion of disability in their company. Held every two years since 2008, all 65 subsidiaries submitted at least one project for the first time in 2014. The projects focused on strategic areas such as recruitment, innovation, partnership, training and consumer consideration.
The implementation of a new trophy format, first by regional semi-finals in each geographic zone: Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa & Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, resulted in more than 80 project submissions. The 17 regional winners attended the Global finals in Paris where three countries were awarded by Jean Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal. This new Disability Initiatives Trophies format by regions helped to reveal each countries’ potential to concretely act on disability.
The “Disability Matters Award”, organized by Springboard Consulting, is held annually in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Recognized as an expert organization in disability, Springboard works with national and multinational corporations, governments and agencies to mainstream disability in the workforce, workplace and marketplace. This year marked the 3rd edition of the “Disability Matters Awards” in Europe.
Disability is one of the main strategic pillars of L’Oréal’s International Diversity Policy that also includes Gender and Origins (Social and Ethnic). The management of diversity is a strategic lever for L’Oréal. The Group is enriched by differences, understanding that creative teams are diverse and bring innovation. This is an essential cornerstone of the economic performance of the Group.