Promoting access to employment and social inclusion
Sustainable development

By 2020, L’Oréal will have given more than 100,000 people in difficulty access to work. To achieve this goal, the Group has developed various programmes: solidarity sourcing projects, vocational training and the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Sourcing initiatives, a social inclusion driver

In 2010, L’Oréal created Solidarity Sourcing, a responsible purchasing programme aimed at dedicating part of the Group’s purchases to suppliers who give people who are generally excluded from the labour market permanent access to work and income. These include companies that employ people from underprivileged communities, others that may find it difficult to have access to large international calls for tenders, or very small companies.

The Solidarity Sourcing programme is deployed in all geographic zones and concerns all fields of purchases (raw materials, contract manufacturing, promotional items, etc.). In 2016, the programme helped 63,228 beneficiaries throughout the world. Of this total number of people who have been given permanent access to work and income, 20,728 are part of The Body Shop’s Community Trade programme.

In 2016, in close collaboration with committed suppliers, L’Oréal launched in China a new Solidarity Sourcing project. The Group entrusted the production of a substantial portion of its promotional items to plants located in China, in remote, underprivileged areas of the provinces of Anhui and Hunan, which are the most affected by economic migration. In 2016, L’Oréal’s purchases enabled 160 people to work full-time, in their region of origin, with a decent salary. Two-thirds of employees are women; they are almost all mothers with families who thus have the possibility to provide for their needs while staying near their homes and children.

The Beauty For a Better Life programme

The L’Oréal Foundation develops Beauty For a Better Life, a free vocational training programme in the beauty professions that relies on the Group’s know-how in fields such as hairdressing and make-up. It is intended for people in very difficult living situations, in particular vulnerable women experiencing social or economic problems, victims of conflicts or violence or young people who have left home or who have dropped out of school. The Beauty For a Better Life programme, which is deployed in 25 countries, promoted access to work for 3,295 beneficiaries in 2016.

Inclusion of disabled persons

Since 2008, and in close collaboration with local and international experts (associations, not-for-profit organisations, NGOs), L’Oréal has developed a global policy in favour of the insertion of persons with disabilities in the company. In 2016, L’Oréal had 1,010 disabled employees*. To step up the engagement of its subsidiaries, L’Oréal has been organising the Disability Initiatives Trophies since 2008. This biennial award ceremony showcases and shares the best practices conducted by the various L’Oréal entities. In 2016, 65 L’Oréal subsidiaries competed for these trophies.

*This indicator takes into account employees who wanted to declare their disability and/or who are officially recognised as disabled by the local authorities or by a doctor, according to the definition of the local legislation or local practice.