Zero deforestation: co-construction with suppliers

L’Oréal is committed to achieving “zero deforestation” by 2020 and intends to also have its suppliers dedicated to this plan.


L’Oréal is well aware that some agricultural commodities may lead to deforestation and has been implementing specific action plans to avoid contributing to this phenomenon by favouring sustainable sourcing of soya oil, palm oil and wood-fibre based products. As part of its “zero deforestation” commitment by 2020, the Group plans to take this commitment further by closely involving its suppliers in this objective.

From soya oil...

L’Oréal uses limited amounts of soya oil as an emollient in its skincare products. From second semester 2013, through the in-house fair-trade programme known as Community Fair Trade, the Group’s main supply of this product has been certified sustainable. It is procured by organic farming, fair-trade sources, and does not contribute to deforestation. By 2020, L’Oréal wants to source all its soya oil from sustainably managed supply chains. The Group’s buyers will work closely with suppliers to improve the traceability of delivered raw materials from their points of origin and ensure its soy-based derivatives are also sustainably sourced.

… to palm oil

The palm oil purchased by L’Oréal is mainly used in making skincare and hair care products. The Group also uses palm oil derivatives, such as certain surface active agents, which provide the detergent and foaming qualities of shampoos. By late 2012, these supplies were all certified by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), an organisation dedicated to preserving biodiversity. The Group is also committed to working only with suppliers having responsible practices and able to demonstrate that their palm oil supply does not contribute to deforestation. Furthermore, the Group plans to encourage the most innovative suppliers, particularly in view of the complexity of supply chains for palm oil derivatives. All delivered materials must be fully traceable back through the supply chain. L’Oréal therefore pursues an objective in two steps: first, ensuring that, by 2015, it will know the sources of all palm oil (and major palm derivatives) it uses; and, second, by 2020, it will only buy palm oil that is guaranteed to be “free from deforestation”.

100% of palm oil supply guaranteed “free from deforestation” by 2020.

100% of soya oil certified sustainable by 2020.

  • Since 2007, the paper and board supplied to L’Oréal for packaging applications has had to meet the standard of being sourced from sustainably managed forests and certified by either the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). In 2012, 97% of the board used by the Group for packaging was certified. By 2020, only certified paper and board will be used for packaging and point-of-sale materials.