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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "Within the scope of its SHARING BEAUTY WITH ALL Sustainability Commitment, L’ORÉAL commits to source 100% renewable raw materials from sustainable sources by 2020 and confirms its ambition to “Zero Deforestation”."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Palm Oil Innovation Group; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      L'Oreal are a member of Palm Oil Innovations Group, UN Global Consumer Goods Forum, and the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee [...] The conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations".
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    54/86
    • Palm oil
      72/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "L’Oréal is going one step further to reach its Zero Deforestation ambition by 2020 the latest" and "since 2012, 100% of its palm oil and palm derivatives are certified sustainable by RSPO."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee [...] the conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations, [...] the renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee [...] the conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations, [...] the renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee [...] the conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations, [...] the renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee [...] the conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations, [...] the renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee [...] the conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations, [...] the renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020 the latest: 100% of palm supply will be free from deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020 the latest: 100% of palm supply will be free from deforestation."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "L’ORÉAL will require from its suppliers that all supplies are traceable back through the supply chain to each of the company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL will require from its suppliers that all supplies are traceable back through the supply chain to each of the company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL will require from its suppliers that all supplies are traceable back through the supply chain to each of the company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL will require from its suppliers that all supplies are traceable back through the supply chain to each of the company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "L’ORÉAL will require from its suppliers that all supplies are traceable back through the supply chain to each of the company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "L’ORÉAL will preferably work with suppliers who comply with the previous 4 points and who can demonstrate that palm supplies are free from deforestation notably by increasing traceability back to the plantations or supplier’s mills." "By 2020 the latest: 100% of palm supply will be free from deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "L’ORÉAL will require from its suppliers that all supplies are traceable back through the supply chain to each of the company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            L'Oreal reported their total certification of palm oil to the RSPO ACOP in 2017. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "L’Oréal to trace 98% of its derivatives volumes back to refineries, 88% back to mills and 25% back to plantations, achieving an unequalled level of traceability in this highly complex supply chain."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            L'Oreal reported their total certification of palm oil to the RSPO ACOP in 2017. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "In 2016, L’Oréal upgraded its evaluation scorecard for suppliers of palm oil and palm kernel oil derivatives, by creating a Sustainable Palm Index, a yearly scorecard aimed at measuring the specific commitment, progress and achievements of its palm derivatives suppliers regarding compliance with L’Oréal’s expectations on NDPE/Zero Deforestation. The Sustainable Palm Index is now fully integrated into the suppliers’ performance rating, to enable purchasing teams worldwide to take informed decision and align business decisions with supplier’s commitments and practices."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "According to its Palm Alert procedure in place, as soon as informed about a potential breach to its Zero Deforestation policy, L’Oréal immediately cascades information to its direct and indirect suppliers so as to mobilize them to investigate further along their supply chains, set up clear, timebound milestones to bring their concessions into compliance with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation principles and take appropriate business decision, going up to business disengagement if progress are not met within a maximum period of 6 months."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          L'Oreal publish a publicly available list of their palm oil suppliers. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          L'Oreal implement a Palm Oil alert procedure to report grievances against their suppliers.
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Following the encouraging results of SPOTS project, in 2018 L’Oréal collaborated with the NGO SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) to implement a second project in the region of Berbak in Jambi, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra which aims to support 12,500 smallholders over 5 years. "
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          74329 tonnes
          L'Oreal reported their total usage of palm as 74329 tonnes, 100% of which was certified. 
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee. . . A comprehensive and formal free prior and informed consent from indigenous people and local communities potentially impacted by new plantations development"
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Our approach is based on internationally recognised standards and namely the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions that address child labour, forced labour, nondiscrimination and the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining." and as "we have identified the working conditions of their [suppliers'] workers as a salient human rights issue, respect of all ILO Core Conventions is included in our Purchasing contracts and we encourage them to cascade this requirement throughout their own supply chain."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "During supplier audits, we seek to ensure the absence of discrimination and sexual harassment" of women specifically. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "To tackle these issues, L’Oréal’s strategy is to connect certified smallholders to the market demand for “Zero Deforestation” Palm and as the final off-taker, L’Oréal indirectly supports pluriannual premium-based commitment to purchase the smallholders’ RSPO certified production."
    • Pulp & Paper
      37/86
      • Commitment Strength
        21/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "For its paper, cardboard and wood-fibre based packaging, the Group has set itself a target of using only materials from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is protected (FSC or PEFC)" and "the [L'Oreal] Group pledged that by 2020 at the latest, none of the ingredients and raw materials used in its products would be linked with deforestation."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "Developing packaging of an optimal size and weight with fewer resources represents another major opportunity to drive improvement. The Group saved 5,092 tonnes of packaging materials between 2008 and the end of 2017 through reduction initiatives at source and lightweighting efforts. L’Oréal is also working to reduce its resource consumption through large-format or refillable packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Developing packaging of an optimal size and weight with fewer resources represents another major opportunity to drive improvement. The Group saved 5,092 tonnes of packaging materials between 2008 and the end of 2017 through reduction initiatives at source and lightweighting efforts. L’Oréal is also working to reduce its resource consumption through large-format or refillable packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Developing packaging of an optimal size and weight with fewer resources represents another major opportunity to drive improvement. The Group saved 5,092 tonnes of packaging materials between 2008 and the end of 2017 through reduction initiatives at source and lightweighting efforts. L’Oréal is also working to reduce its resource consumption through large-format or refillable packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Developing packaging of an optimal size and weight with fewer resources represents another major opportunity to drive improvement. The Group saved 5,092 tonnes of packaging materials between 2008 and the end of 2017 through reduction initiatives at source and lightweighting efforts. L’Oréal is also working to reduce its resource consumption through large-format or refillable packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Developing packaging of an optimal size and weight with fewer resources represents another major opportunity to drive improvement. The Group saved 5,092 tonnes of packaging materials between 2008 and the end of 2017 through reduction initiatives at source and lightweighting efforts. L’Oréal is also working to reduce its resource consumption through large-format or refillable packaging."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            " The Group saved 5,092 tonnes of packaging materials between 2008 and the end of 2017 through reduction initiatives at source and lightweighting efforts."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Among the materials used by L’Oréal for its packaging, 100%  of paper used for product instructions and 99.9%  of cardboard for product packaging come from sustainably managed forests (certified according to FSC or PEFC standards). Additionally, 93%  of the paper and cardboard used in POS materials is certified."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Among the materials used by L’Oréal for its packaging, 100%  of paper used for product instructions and 99.9%  of cardboard for product packaging come from sustainably managed forests (certified according to FSC or PEFC standards). Additionally, 93%  of the paper and cardboard used in POS materials is certified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Social
          "We will continue to provide grievance reporting mechanisms that allow our employees and others affected by our operations to report suspected incidents of human rights abuse and to strengthen these mechanisms when necessary."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          125,161 Metric tons
          Reported to CDP 2018: 125,161 Metric tons of paper for packaging." "97% of paper used for product instructions and 100% of cardboard for product boxes come from sustainably managed forests (certified according to FSC or PEFC standards). 89% of the paper and cardboard used in POS materials is also certified."
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Our approach is based on internationally recognised standards and namely the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions that address child labour, forced labour, nondiscrimination and the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining." and as "we have identified the working conditions of their [suppliers'] workers as a salient human rights issue, respect of all ILO Core Conventions is included in our Purchasing contracts and we encourage them to cascade this requirement throughout their own supply chain."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "During supplier audits, we seek to ensure the absence of discrimination and sexual harassment" of women specifically. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    27/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    Avg. score

Profile

The L’Oréal Group is a French cosmetics company present in 140 countries. It is active in all branches of cosmetics, such as make-up, skin care, hair care and perfume, and its major brands include Garnier, Maybelline New York and Ralph Lauren. The group is one of the largest manufacturers of beauty and personal care products globally and is high up the list in many other categories. The group is especially prominent in Western Europe, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, and Brazil. In 2015, L’Oréal used about 55,000 metric tons of palm oil in its products.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care
Segments
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HQ
HQ 
France
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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