Women and Climate


Women are often are the forefront of climate change. Empowering them to adapt to its effects is vital to helping women thrive in the future.

L’Oréal is committed to significantly reducing its CO2 emissions. In particular, the Group aims to cut its carbon footprint by 60% by 2020. It exceeded this target in 2016, four years ahead of schedule, while growing its production by 29%. This builds on more than a decade of L’Oréal consistently demonstrating its ability to combine economic growth with a strong commitment to climate action.

Gender equality is another major focus for L’Oréal. From empowering women leaders to supporting brilliant women scientists, the Group has always sought to advance gender equality. Women account for 46% of the Group’s board of directors and manage almost 60% of L’Oréal brands. Meanwhile, the L’Oréal Foundation recognizes and promotes remarkable achievements made by women researchers every year.

Women make up the majority of L’Oréal’s consumers. Women are also at the heart of its sourcing communities. And because women are the primary caretakers of their families and homes, their product and lifestyle choices have significant impacts on society, the environment and global economies.

There is a clear link between women and climate. Women are often at the forefront of climate change and are more vulnerable to its effects. Yet they stand to play a vital role in developing lasting climate solutions. That is why L’Oréal is committed to empowering women to play a critical role in tackling climate change.

L’Oréal is taking action on its commitment to women and climate in three ways. Firstly, through the Women4Climate initiative, it aims to empower young women in major cities to deliver local projects addressing climate change. Through its sustainable sourcing programs, L’Oréal is helping to enable women in developing countries to adapt to climate risks. Finally, L’Oréal is funding research on the gender-specific consequences of climate change.