L'Oréal Group

Respecting Biodiversity

The planet is moving towards a sixth mass extinction. The destruction of natural ecosystems, in particular due to agriculture, is threatening our planet and communities' resilience to climate change. Most of L’Oréal’s raw materials are derived from renewable sources, and are largely of plant origin. The group, which uses approximately 1,600 raw materials from nearly 350 species of plants, sees biodiversity as an important and growing source of innovation and is committed to sourcing its ingredients in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Our commitments for 2030 will help strengthen our efforts to protect biodiversity along our entire value chain while minimizing the land occupancy needed for all our activities. Science indicates that the conversion of natural habitats for expanding agriculture, towns and infrastructures is the primary cause of biodiversity loss. We have therefore decided to act on this parameter, by measuring in an innovative and scientifically robust way the biodiversity footprint (in terms of ecosystem occupation) of our industrial activities and the industrial activities of our suppliers (sourcing, packaging and ingredients).

Our targets


By 2030, 100% of the biobased ingredients for formulas and packaging materials will be traceable and will come from sustainable sources. None of them will be linked to deforestation.


To limit our impact on natural habitats, we are committing to holding flat, by 2030, the total land occupancy vital to the sourcing of our ingredients, compared to 2019.


By 2030, 100% of our industrial sites and all our operated buildings will have a positive impact on biodiversity, compared to 2019.

What we’ve achieved so far


In 2020, 96% of new or renovated products had an improved environmental or social profile.


100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.


100% of paper used for the instructions included with products is certified as sustainable.

L'Oréal Committed to Respecting More Biodiversity

Respecting Biodiversity
In 2020, 59% of raw materials used in L’Oréal's products were renewable, meaning coming mostly from plant origin.

This represents approximately 1,600 ingredients from nearly 350 plant species sourced in over a hundred countries. 87% of these renewable ingredients are derived from sources certified as sustainable.

Read More About Raw Materials Used In L’Oréal's Products

Focus On Ensuring the Sustainable Sourcing of Our Ingredients

The group has long been working to reduce the environmental footprint of its product formulas and to ensure its raw materials are sourced in a responsible, sustainable way that respects biodiversity.

Contributing to the Regeneration of Nature

Investing for Nature

We believe reducing our impact is necessary but insufficient and that the damage that has already been done needs to be repaired.

To help tackle this problem, we want to go beyond our efforts to reduce our impact on biodiversity across our value chain and contribute to repairing natural ecosystems.

This is why we are creating the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration.

Investing For Nature

Focus On Achieving Zero Deforestation

As part of its commitment to “zero deforestation”, L’Oréal implements action plans to ensure the sustainable supply of soya oil, palm oil and wood-fiber based products (cardboard and paper for packaging) so that none of its products is associated with deforestation.

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