Guaranteeing sustainable sourcing for our renewable raw materials

59% of L’Oréal’s raw materials (by volume) are derived from renewable sources, largely of plant origin. The Group uses approximately 1,600 raw materials from nearly 340 species of plant originating from a hundred countries.

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04/2016 • Updated 02/04/2019

Deploying a sustainable sourcing methodology

The use of these ingredients is encouraged by L’Oréal’s formulators, and may be:

  • either sustainably sourced;
  • or prepared using green chemistry principles, i.e. via processes that minimise the number of chemical synthesis stages as well as solvent and energy consumption.

Certain products launched in 2018 comprised more than 97% renewable raw materials. These include, for example, the Huile de Beauté La Provençale Bio, Roger&Gallet’s Fleur de Figuier Hand & Nail Sanitizer, Lancôme’s Nurturing Brightening Oil-in-Gel Cleanser and Kérastase’s Aura Botanica Baume Miracle.

 

Reinforcing our sustainable sourcing methodology 

In 2018, L’Oréal continued to implement its sustainable sourcing policy for renewable raw materials, strengthening it with the support of the NGO Rainforest Alliance.

  • guaranteeing the traceability of raw materials, which means knowing the origin of the plant and the country in which it was produced; 
  • evaluating social and environmental issues with suppliers in each sector;
  • verifying that the following criteria are respected:
  • labour conditions must be decent and safe, in line with human rights and the principles prescribed by the International Labour Organization, across the whole supply chain;
  • equal opportunities and zero discrimination between producers are verified, and women’s empowerment is encouraged;
  • the growing and harvesting of crops must contribute to improving producers’ livelihoods and respect traditional knowledge of biodiversity, in line with the principles of the Nagoya Protocol;
  • cultivation and harvesting practices preserve biodiversity, particularly forests;
  • sustainable, low-carbon agricultural practices are in place;
  • having this entire process verified by an independent third party, in order to measure the positive impact of the programmes on the respective sectors.