The Norwegian transparency act
Respecting Human rights
At L’Oréal, we are a company made up of human beings whose actions and products impact human beings as well as our planet. As such, it’s our responsibility to ensure that we respect Human Rights by avoiding negative impacts on people and the planet from our activities, and by making positive impacts where we can.
In 2017, we adopted our global Human Rights Policy, in line with UN standards. In 2020, we launched our Employee Human Rights Policy, because setting an example starts from within, by assuring universal social standards for the people who make up L’Oréal.
Suppliers – L’Oréal’s Mutual Ethical Commitment letter
We value our suppliers and integrate them in our ecosystem. Hence, L’Oréal has been for a long time presenting and explaining the commitments and standards in terms of human rights, working conditions, environmental stewardship and business integrity that are applied in our own entities throughout the world. As our suppliers play a key role in the development of our activities, we ask them to meet the same standards and favor those who are willing to do so. We do not compromise on our values and principles while supporting their continuous improvement on the matter.
In accordance with our Code of Ethics and as a supporter of the United Nations Global Compact (see our progress report here), this strong, mutual commitment has been initiated in 2002 with the Ethical Commitment Letter that all our strategic suppliers have signed.
In 2021, we have released an updated version, the Mutual Ethical Commitment Letter, to highlight the mutual commitment that we and our suppliers share when building a relationship. This document covers on human rights, working conditions, environmental stewardship and business integrity, including the possibility for our business partners to use our whistleblowing system, L’Oréal Speak Up, if they feel that we are not living up to our own high ethical standards. We progressively roll out this new version to all suppliers worldwide.
With L’Oréal’s Mutual Ethical Commitment Letter, we ensure that workers’ rights are respected, and it contributes to the abolition of all forms of discrimination, including the fight against child labour.
The Norwegian Transparency Act shall promote enterprises’ respect for fundamental human rights and decent working conditions in connection with the production of goods and the provision of services and ensure the general public access to information regarding how enterprises address adverse impacts on fundamental human rights and decent working conditions.
The Transparency Act imposes obligations on larger companies related to human rights and working conditions and gives consumers and others the right to information about how this is handled by the company.
L’Oréal has procedures and processes in place to comply with the Norwegian Transparency Act. For further information, please see the information given under ‘Respecting Human Rights’.
If you have inquiries about how L’Oréal is addressing and handling human rights and decent working conditions, please submit your request in writing to: Consumer Care - [email protected]