L’Oreal reaches progression of its 2020 sustainability commitment, revealing lasting changes and achieved milestones.
The prime cosmetics group explained that “substantial lasting changes” are noticed in the way the company designs, produces, communicates and distributes its products.L’Oréal’s 2020 sustainability goal efforts, set in 2013 as part of its Sharing Beauty With All program, are having an impact on the company right down to its employees.
1. REDUCED CO2 EMISSIONS: In 2016, L’Oréal reduced its CO2 emissions of its plants and distribution centers by 67%.
2. WATER CONSUMPTION: Goal is to reduce by 2020 water consumption by 60% per finished product unit from a 2005 baseline. In 2016, it reduced water consumption in plants and distribution centers by 48%.
3. LANDFILL: The company sent 0.2% of industrial waste to landfill in 2016, from its plants and distribution centers. It plans to reduce this to zero by 2020. L’Oréal used 7,050 tons of recycled material in its packaging in 2016 and has been following a responsible packaging policy based on the three pillars of ‘respect, reduce and replace’ since 2007.
4. DEFORESTATION: L’Oréal pledged that by 2020 none of its ingredients or components would be sourced from deforestation. So far, the company sources 100% of its palm oil and derivatives, and soy oil from sustainable sources. L’Oréal made public its new Sustainable Palm Index in 2017.
5. PRODUCT PROFILES: It has also boosted the environmental profiles of its products with 82% of products launched in 2016 having an “improved environmental or social profile”. The company takes sustainable development into consideration when creating or re-developing products.
6. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: L’Oréal has been investing in people involved in its supply chain. In 2016 it helped 67,533 people from communities in difficulty gain access to work through one of its programs. It plans to raise this to 100,000 by 2020.
7. UNITED NATIONS GOALS: The company now contributes to 14 of the 17 goals set by the United Nations in 2015, when its 193 member states unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Goals include no poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, climate action, life below water and peace, justice and strong institutions, among others.
8. BONUS INTEGRATION: Tying its sustainability efforts into its bonus scheme, L’Oréal revealed that in 2016 it integrated criteria related to the performance of its Sharing Beauty With All program into the calculation of the bonuses for its country and brand managers. This is said to be a way of recognizing the contribution they have each made to the success of the program.