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 360 species of plant originating from a hundred countries.


04/2016 • Updated 14/04/2017

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 2017 comprised more than 98% renewable raw materials. These include, for example, Garnier’s Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water, Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil, L’Oréal Professional’s Powermix Color Radiance Additive, and Sanoflore’s Moisturising Complexion Enhancer.

Reinforcing our sustainable sourcing methodology 

With the support of the Rainforest Alliance, L’Oréal reinforced its sustainable sourcing policy for renewable raw materials in 2017. This approach is based on four principles:

  • 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. 



Respecting biodiversity

By 2020, 100% of our products will have an improved environmental or social profile. To achieve this objective, the Group favours the use of renewable raw materials sourced from sustainable supply chains or processed using Green chemistry.