Solidarity Sourcing Program

Details and eligibility criteria

What is Solidarity Sourcing?

The Solidarity Sourcing program is L’Oréal’s social and inclusive purchasing program, launched in 2010. Each year, L’Oréal sourcing teams in partnership with suppliers dedicate a substantial part of their budgets to cocreate inclusive programs and to open the Group’s calls for tenders to companies that employ people from vulnerable communities to allow them to have durable access to work and income. Also, the program is aimed at companies that traditionally do not have access to large calls for tenders of multinational companies.

The Solidarity Sourcing program involves for example: fair trade producers, companies which employ disabled workers, social insertion enterprises or companies owned by minorities (when this is permitted by the national legislation).

The program covers all purchasing categories (Raw Materials, Packaging, Contract-Manufacturing, Promo & Retail, Marketing, Business services, Logistic Industrial & Supply + Media & CMI) and has been deployed in all geographic zones where L’Oréal operates.

The ambition of the program is to associate economic performance with a positive social impact.

When was the Solidarity Sourcing program launched?

The program was launched in 2010. It is part of L’Oréal’s sustainability program. In June 2020 L’Oréal announced new sustainability commitments for 2030 and Solidarity Sourcing is a tangible proof point for one of the three main pillars - Empowering our business ecosystem.

365

Projects

61

Countries impacted

594

Suppliers involved in the program  

 

89,093

People gained access to work through the Solidarity Sourcing program, in 2021.
We aim for 2030 to double the number of beneficiaries through this program.

48,061

Beneficiaries from projects linked to female empowerment

 

70


Third parties (organizations, NGOs involved).

 

Audrey et Sverine

 “Along with our suppliers, it is our everyday mission to bring positive and sustainable impact to communities with which we engage. Our teams are united to contribute to sustainable development and social inclusion” 

Audrey Izard, Indirect Purchasing Director of L’Oréal,
and Séverine Théry-Cave, Direct Purchasing Director of L’Oréal

Why did L’Oréal decide to launch the Solidarity Sourcing Program?

Thanks to its large number of purchasing activities and its many entities all over the world, L'Oréal contributes to a large number of local integration projects.

L’Oréal has decided to use its important purchasing power to have a positive impact to go beyond its direct footprint. We apply our Diversity & Inclusion strategy to our suppliers, who represent our “extended ecosystem”.

Its aim is to open the Group’s calls for tenders to companies that employ people from vulnerable communities to allow them to have a durable access to work and income. Also, the program is aimed at companies that traditionally do not have access to large calls for tenders of multinational companies.

The program has been recognized by public institutions and NGOs e.g. United Nations and has been identified as the best practice for inclusive sourcing program by B4IG*

*B4IG (Business for Inclusive Growth) is a global CEO-led coalition of companies fighting against inequality in terms of income, opportunity and geography, powered by the OECD

Solidarity Sourcing Awards

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GEEIS-SDG TROPHIES
2021
INTERNATIONAL
For the Italian Solidarity Sourcing project which supports Progettoquid, a women-owned social enterprise that creates accessories from recycled end-of-life textiles.

 

DEFIS RSE TROPHY IN THE SOCIAL INCLUSION CATEGORY
2020
FRANCE
L’Oréal has been awarded the “Trophy for social inclusion” by Trophées Défi RSE 2020 (CSR Challenge Trophy 2020) under the high patronage of the French Ministry of Economics & Finance, the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the French Senate for its actions with its Solidarity Sourcing Program.

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GUIA EXAME DE SUSTENTABILIDADE
2019
BRAZIL
L’Oréal recognized as best in class FMCG company protecting Biodiversity and empowering local communities

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TROPHY FEMMES EN EA WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES
2019
FRANCE
at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance For the strong & long-term partnership of L’Oréal France with the people with disabilities integration enterprise EACL

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TROPHY DÉCISION ACHATS IN SUSTAINABILITY CATEGORY
2019
FRANCE
Bronze Trophy for the L’Oréal inclusive sourcing global achievement

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HANDICAP DEDICATED NGO ONCE AWARD
2015
SPAIN
For L’Oréal project with DHL & Ilunion employing people with disabilities 

Discover Solidarity Sourcing In Action

Thanks to our large number of purchasing activities and its many entities all over the world, we contribute to 379 local inclusive projects, supporting the employment of 81,138 people in 57 countries. Discover some of our projects.

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