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  • Overall approach
    6/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      [Translation] “As part of its commitment to sustainable development SHARING BEAUTY WITH ALL, L’ORÉAL is committed to ensuring that all of its renewable raw materials come from sources responsible by 2020 and confirms its ambition to achieve "zero deforestation".”
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify::

      Which initiatives?: Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Palm Oil Innovation Group; UN Global Compact
      “In 2016, the Group also joined the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) composed by leading NGOs as well as progressive palm oil producers and users, to contribute creating and promoting innovations in the palm sector.” “L’Oréal is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact since 2003.” [...] "Company is a signatory to the Cerrado Manifesto"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      [Translation] “L'ORÉAL is committed to working with suppliers whose responsible practices are able to guarantee: [...] the maintenance and restoration of Areas with high conservation value and high carbon intensity during the extension of plantations" “HCS forests stand for areas of tropical natural forests that should be conserved (to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation), as they hold large stores of carbon in the above-ground tree biomass. Conserving High Carbon Stock forest within a Zero deforestation land use management allows delineating areas to be protected and those potentially available for plantation development. To date, the High Carbon Stock Approach methodology is the leading methodology for putting no deforestation into practice.”
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 1786 ha
      "In 2017, L’Oréal launched a four-year peatland restoration project in Borneo, Indonesia, with one of its palm oil derivative suppliers. For many years, Indonesian peatlands have been illegally drained and burned, in order to be converted into agricultural land. This phenomenon has two major consequences - it unleashes large quantities of greenhouse gases and encourages the spreading of fires in the dry season. To eliminate this issue, the project plans to train local village communities on sustainable farming practices in dedicated fields. The initiative will also re-wet 2,000 hectares of land, in order to regenerate local biodiversity. To date, 356 hectares of peat swamp forests have been replanted, and 1,430 hectares have benefited from natural assisted regeneration. In 2018, this project contributed to preventing the emission of more than 30,464 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. By 2020, L’Oréal will continue to support ecosystems protection and restoration, notably in Sumatra (Indonesia)."
  • Commodity score
    44/84
    • Palm oil
      56/84
      • Commitment Strength
        24/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            “100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.”
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            “100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.”
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            “100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.”
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            “100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.”
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.” "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 Areaswhen expanding palm plantations [and] 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 regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.” "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 Areaswhen expanding palm plantations [and] The renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.” "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 Areaswhen expanding palm plantations [and] The renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            100% of our supplies of palm oil, palm oil derivatives and palm kernel oil derivatives have been certified sustainable in line with RSPO criteria since 2012.” "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 Areaswhen expanding palm plantations [and] The renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantation."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "L’ORÉAL has decided to go one step further and to work with its suppliers on new and more ambitious solutions to achieve its “Zero deforestation” ambition while taking into account local communities. 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 regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "L’ORÉAL has decided to go one step further and to work with its suppliers on new and more ambitious solutions to achieve its “Zero deforestation” ambition while taking into account local communities. 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
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            "In 2019 and beyond, the supply chain mapping will continue to be updated andpublicly reported. A specific effort will be engaged with the Group’s direct suppliers toachieve 100% transparency at refinery and mill levels and to verify compliance of thesekey players with the Zero Deforestation policy."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; 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. [...] Our expectation is that all suppliers and subcontractors act in accordance with internationally recognised human rights. Because we have identified the working conditions of their 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. We also ask them to ensure transparency, remedy any non-compliance and drive continuous improvement. We are committed to carrying out regular independent audits to monitor respect of our human rights commitments in our supply chain and to engage with our suppliers to ensure remedy for people who experienced harm.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 12,500

          What is the nature of that support?: Education and training; Economic
          In 2018, L’Oréal collaborated with theNGO SNV (Netherland DevelopmentOrganisation) to implement a sustainablesourcing project focusing on palm oilderivatives in the region of Berbak inJambi, on the Indonesian island ofSumatra. The project, in which all local stakeholders are involved,from the mill to the derivative producer, aims to support 12,500smallholder farmers in improving their palm oil production practicesover five years. It has a double goal of achieving zero deforestationand improving farmers’ quality of life, including by raising andsafeguarding their income.
        • 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.
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          [Translation] “L'ORÉAL is committed to working with suppliers whose responsible practices are able to guarantee: [...] an official and free prior informed consent without reservation of the indigenous populations and local communities who could be affected by the development of new plantations”
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            2018 ACOP reports that L'Oreal continues to source 100% RSPO-certified palm oil, as it has done since 2012.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Progress reported on within their 2019 ACOP report
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "To deal with this complexity, since 2014, L’Oréal has implemented an innovative tracinginitiative within the oleochemistry sector, aiming at mapping the whole supply chain and tracing the derivatives all the way back to their source. To date, this research has enabled 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
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            2018 ACOP reports that L'Oreal continues to source 100% RSPO-certified palm oil, as it has done since 2012.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            Progress reported on within their 2019 ACOP report
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: SPOTS Project
          "In 2015, L’Oréal launched the “SPOTS” Project”, a first pilot project targeting to support 500 smallholders by end of 2020, in the Beluran district in Malaysia. This project involves L’Oréal’s direct supplier Clariant, in collaboration with the intermediary supplier Global Amines, the upstream producer Wilmar and the Malaysian social enterprise Wild Asia. The aim of the project is:• to ensure traceability of supplies,• to promote RSPO certification,• to support the adoption of sustainableproduction practices,• to improve the living conditions of smallscale producers."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          “The identification of the provenance of its sources provides L’Oréal with the basis for a preliminary risk assessment, field-level verification and suppliers engagement. In total in 2018, more than 98% of the volumes of palm derivatives sourced by L’Oréal originate from Indonesia and Malaysia. A non-significant proportion is also coming from Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia. In Indonesia and Malaysia, the Top 5 provinces where the palm oil/palm kernel oil feedstocks entering palm derivatives supply chain have been produced are: Riau (15%), Central Kalimantan (11%), North Sumatra (11%), Sabah (9%), East Kalimantan (6%). Based on the data collected in 2018, 37% of the mills identified as indirectly connected to L’Oréal’s supply chains are located in low risk areas according to the Global Forest Watch Pro platform. In high-risk profile areas in terms of deforestation, illegal production, greenhouse gas emissions, fires or impacts on water, L’Oréal proactively deploys, alongside with its upstream indirect suppliers, local investigations and independent due diligences in order to confirm the compliance of the refineries and crushers identified, including their supply base (local mills and plantations), to its Zero deforestation policy."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "L’ORÉAL commits to ultimately work with suppliers whose responsible practices can guarantee: Full compliance with the laws in the country where they operate, and especially anticorruption legislations and land tenure rights." "L’Oréalproactively deploys, alongside with its upstreamindirect suppliers, local investigations andindependent due diligences in order to confirmthe compliance of the refineries and crushersidentified, including their supply base (local millsand plantations), to its Zero deforestation policy.In 2019 such verification work will be extendedto mills in L’Oréal’s supply chain via the use ofthe No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation(NPDE) Implementation framework."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 71,727 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          2018 ACOP reports that L'Oreal used 71,727 tons of palm oil and derivative products that year, 100% of which was RSPO-certified
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Mills possibly connected to supply chain: "Indonesia (71%) and Malaysia (27%) being the main sourcing countries, followed by Thailand (1,5%), Papua New Guinea (<1%) and Cambodia (<1%)." https://loreal-dam-front-corp-en-cdn.damdy.com/ressources/afile/181335-46081-resource_pdf-sbwa-l-oreal-mills-list-2018.pdf

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: "At province level, the mapping showed that L’Oréal volumes originate from 36 provinces, with top5 provinces being: Riau (15%), Central Kalimantan (11%), North Sumatra (11%), Sabah (9%) and East Kalimantan (6%)." https://loreal-dam-front-corp-en-cdn.damdy.com/ressources/afile/181335-46081-resource_pdf-sbwa-l-oreal-mills-list-2018.pdf

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes
          Publishes a "LIST OF L’ORÉAL SUPPLIERS OF PALM OIL & PALM KERNEL OIL DERIVATIVES IN 2018" and "LIST OF MILLS POTENTIALLY CONNECTED TO L’OREAL PALM-BASED OLEODERIVATIVES SUPPLY-CHAIN IN 2018"
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism; Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "L’Oréal proactively deploys, alongside with its upstreamindirect suppliers, local investigations andindependent due diligences in order to confirmthe compliance of the refineries and crushersidentified, including their supply base (local millsand plantations), to its Zero deforestation policy.In 2019 such verification work will be extendedto mills in L’Oréal’s supply chain via the use ofthe No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation(NPDE) Implementation framework." "“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|...] To go further in assessing and controlling compliance of indirect suppliers, especially crushers and refiners, L’Oréal supports Zoological Society of London and Transitions in the development of a new add-on of the SPOTT platform so as to identify a positive list of compliant upstream players, at group level, notably refiners and crushers, who are in line with L’Oréal’s requirements for NDPE/ZD.”
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Not specified
          “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. For L’Oréal, supplier disengagement is a last resort. The Group remains convinced that engaging with suppliers, while staying demanding, is the most efficient lever for sector transformation.”
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No

          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: Undisclosed
          "In November 2018, L’Oréal asked all its palm-oil derivative suppliers to immediately suspend any sourcing activities with 4 entities violating RSPO’s Principles and Criteria, as well as Indonesian labour law. L’Oréal will monitor the situation closely."
    • Pulp & Paper
      29/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "Since 2007, L'ORÉAL explicitly impose that all of its suppliers of woodfiber-based products only use wood fibers from sustainably managed forests (FSC or PEFC certified sources) providing full traceability, and guaranteeing the absence of deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Since 2007, L'ORÉAL explicitly impose that all of its suppliers of woodfiber-based products only use wood fibers from sustainably managed forests (FSC or PEFC certified sources) providing full traceability, and guaranteeing the absence of deforestation."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            " Since 2007, L'ORÉAL explicitly impose that all of its suppliers of woodfiber-based products only use wood fibers from sustainably managed forests (FSC or PEFC certifiedsources) providing full traceability, and guaranteeing the absence of deforestation [...] The target being to reach 100% of physically certified sources by 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current (see 3.2)
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            “Since 2007, L’Oréal has engaged in a strict policy forest certification of its paper packaging andcarton by actively promoting FSC (Forest) certification) [...] Today, more than 90% of our cardboard boxes are certified, more than half of them by the FSC [...] certification is not sufficient if actions are not taken simultaneously to reduce the weight and volume of our packaging and to improve the impact on the environment. Thus, for any packaging renovation, we perform a simplified comparative life cycle analysis in order to choose the design that will reduce these impacts. This study takes into account all stages of the packaging life cycle and is based on eight impact indicators (including CO2, water, eutrophication, waste…).”
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            “Since 2007, L’Oréal has engaged in a strict policy forest certification of its paper packaging andcarton by actively promoting FSC (Forest) certification) [...] Today, more than 90% of our cardboard boxes are certified, more than half of them by the FSC [...] certification is not sufficient if actions are not taken simultaneously to reduce the weight and volume of our packaging and to improve the impact on the environment. Thus, for any packaging renovation, we perform a simplified comparative life cycle analysis in order to choose the design that will reduce these impacts. This study takes into account all stages of the packaging life cycle and is based on eight impact indicators (including CO2, water, eutrophication, waste…).”
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; 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. [...] Our expectation is that all suppliers and subcontractors act in accordance with internationally recognised human rights. Because we have identified the working conditions of their 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. We also ask them to ensure transparency, remedy any non-compliance and drive continuous improvement. We are committed to carrying out regular independent audits to monitor respect of our human rights commitments in our supply chain and to engage with our suppliers to ensure remedy for people who experienced harm.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • 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.
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            In 2018, 100% of the paper used for leaflets were certified either FSC or PEFC, 99,9% of the cardboard used for boxes were certified either FSC or PEFC, 93% of the paper and cardboard used in POS materials, and 96% of office paper are also certified.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC
            In 2018, 100% of the paper used for leaflets were certified either FSC or PEFC, 99.9% of the cardboard used for boxes were certified either FSC or PEFC, 93% of the paper and cardboard used in POS materials, and 96% of office paper are also certified.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 68,812 tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 68,812 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
          "In 2018, the paper and cardboard used for the manufacturing of packaging (leaflets and folding boxes),retail and promo, and office paper accounted for 68 812T [...] In 2018, 100% of the paper used for leaflets were certified either FSC or PEFC, 99,9% of the cardboard used for boxes were certified either FSC or PEFC, 93% of the paper and cardboard used in POS materials, and 96% of office paper are also certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report indirect suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report indirect suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: "The wood fibers originated from Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, India, Japan, Poland, Sweden, and United States of America." https://loreal-dam-front-corp-fr-cdn.damdy.com/ressources/afile/176438-5a5b9-resource_pdf-fournisseurs-papier-et-carton.pdf
          The company publishes a "List of l’Oréal’s indirect supplier (cardboard and paper manufacturers) in 2018, including company nameand location of facilities at national and sub-national levels (municipalities)"
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      51/84
      • Commitment Strength
        25/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            If Other, specify here: Community Fair Trade programme
            "With regard to soy procurement, L’ORÉAL does not use outside certification but implements its own internal Community Fair Trade programme which enables it to purchase its major reference from small soy oil producers in Brazil [...] From second semester 2013, 100% of this major reference of soybean oil procurements were certified as sustainable: produced by organic farming not contributing to deforestation and obtained from fair trade sources." "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP)). The soya oil derivatives used by the Group are largely sourced from zones classified as posing no risk of deforestation." "By end of 2017, 92% of the soybean oil used by L'Oréal and originating from Brazil (state of Parana, municipality of Capanema), was fully traceable, certified organic, and in the process of being RTRS and Fair Trade certified. The objective is to source 100% of our soybean oil from this sustainable source byend 2019."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "With regard to soy procurement, L’ORÉAL does not use outside certification but implements its own internal Community Fair Trade programme which enables it to purchase its major reference from small soy oil producers in Brazil [...] From second semester 2013, 100% of this major reference of soybean oil procurements were certified as sustainable: produced by organic farming not contributing to deforestation and obtained from fair trade sources." "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP)). The soya oil derivatives used by the Group are largely sourced from zones classified as posing no risk of deforestation." "By end of 2017, 92% of the soybean oil used by L'Oréal and originating from Brazil (state of Parana, municipality of Capanema), was fully traceable, certified organic, and in the process of being RTRS and Fair Trade certified. The objective is to source 100% of our soybean oil from this sustainable source byend 2019."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "With regard to soy procurement, L’ORÉAL does not use outside certification but implements its own internal Community Fair Trade programme which enables it to purchase its major reference from small soy oil producers in Brazil [...] From second semester 2013, 100% of this major reference of soybean oil procurements were certified as sustainable: produced by organic farming not contributing to deforestation and obtained from fair trade sources." "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP)). The soya oil derivatives used by the Group are largely sourced from zones classified as posing no risk of deforestation." "By end of 2017, 92% of the soybean oil used by L'Oréal and originating from Brazil (state of Parana, municipality of Capanema), was fully traceable, certified organic, and in the process of being RTRS and Fair Trade certified. The objective is to source 100% of our soybean oil from this sustainable source byend 2019."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "The goal is now to use 100% of soya oil from sustainable sourcing and to work actively with suppliers to improve traceability to point of origin, to address sustainability of soy-based derivatives so that 100% are sustainably sourced by 2020." "By end of 2017, 92% of the soybean oil used by L'Oréal and originating from Brazil (state of Parana,municipality of Capanema), was fully traceable, certified organic, and in the process of being RTRS andFair Trade certified. The objective is to source 100% of our soybean oil from this sustainable source byend 2019."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "The goal is now to use 100% of soya oil from sustainable sourcing and to work actively with suppliers to improve traceability to point of origin, to address sustainability of soy-based derivatives so that 100% are sustainably sourced by 2020." "By end of 2017, 92% of the soybean oil used by L'Oréal and originating from Brazil (state of Parana,municipality of Capanema), was fully traceable, certified organic, and in the process of being RTRS andFair Trade certified. The objective is to source 100% of our soybean oil from this sustainable source byend 2019."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "The goal is now to use 100% of soya oil from sustainable sourcing and to work actively with suppliers to improve traceability to point of origin, to address sustainability of soy-based derivatives so that 100% are sustainably sourced by 2020." "By end of 2017, 92% of the soybean oil used by L'Oréal and originating from Brazil (state of Parana,municipality of Capanema), was fully traceable, certified organic, and in the process of being RTRS andFair Trade certified. The objective is to source 100% of our soybean oil from this sustainable source byend 2019."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; 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. [...] Our expectation is that all suppliers and subcontractors act in accordance with internationally recognised human rights. Because we have identified the working conditions of their 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. We also ask them to ensure transparency, remedy any non-compliance and drive continuous improvement. We are committed to carrying out regular independent audits to monitor respect of our human rights commitments in our supply chain and to engage with our suppliers to ensure remedy for people who experienced harm.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Economic
          "With regard to soy procurement, L’ORÉAL does not use outside certification but implements its own internal Community Fair Trade programme which enables it to purchase its major reference from small soy oil producers in Brazil.The Group obtains this organic soy from agricultural producers in Capanema in Brazil, who use traditional and ancestral multi-crop methods to plant, cultivate and harvest the soybeans, which are thus organic. By virtue of this Community Fair Trade programme, Capanema farmers obtain just and fair income from their soybeans and can therefore maintain their traditional lifestyle. From second semester 2013, 100% of this major reference of soybean oil procurements were certified as sustainable: produced by organic farming not contributing to deforestation and obtained from fair trade sources."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          “Taking an inclusive approach based on solidarity sourcingThe Solidarity Sourcing program was established by L’Oréal on a worldwide basis in 2010. It focuses on social inclusion and is deployed for every type of purchase (raw materials, packaging, sub-contracting, promotional items and indirect distribution) in every country where our Group operates. It steers a portion of our purchases towards suppliers who provide opportunities for disadvantaged people – who are usually excluded from the jobs market -- to find work and living wage.In 2018, 234 projects were supported by the program, benefiting 56,842 people – notably women, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged communities.Meanwhile, we also encourage our suppliers to deploy similar programs within their own ecosystems – and 13% of our suppliers did so in 2018. Our aim is to increase this figure to 20% by the end of 2020.”
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP)). The soya oil derivatives used by the Group are largely sourced from zones classified as posing no risk of deforestation."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            What percentage of the commodity volume in the company's supply chain is traceable to applicable supply chain levels (e.g. direct suppliers/processing facility/production unit)?: 100%

            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "In 2018, 96% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (Brazil and Paraguay) have been certified as sustainable (fully traceable and organically grown)." "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP))."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: internal
            1/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: internal
            1/2
            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Own internal Community Fair Trade programme
            "With regard to soy procurement, L’ORÉAL does not use outside certification but implements its own internal Community Fair Trade programme which enables it to purchase its major reference from small soy oil producers in Brazil [...] From second semester 2013, 100% of this major reference of soybean oil procurements were certified as sustainable: produced by organic farming not contributing to deforestation and obtained from fair trade sources. The goal is now to use 100% of soya oil from sustainable sourcing and to work actively with suppliers to improve traceability to point of origin, to address sustainability of soy-based derivatives so that 100% are sustainably sourced by 2020." "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP)). The soya oil derivatives used by the Group are largely sourced from zones classified as posing no risk of deforestation."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: internal
            1/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: internal
            1/2
            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Own internal Community Fair Trade programme
            "In 2018, 96% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (Brazil and Paraguay) have been certified as sustainable (fully traceable and organically grown)." "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP))."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Since 2014, a dedicated action plan has been implemented to secure a traceable and sustainable sourcingof soy-based ingredients with our direct and indirect suppliers, relying on: [...] an in depth deforestation risk mapping [...] Regarding soy derivatives, a strict monitoring of soy provenance is regularly performed with directsuppliers and completed with a risk mapping process. None of them come from areas identified at risk ofdeforestation."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the compliant volume?: 100%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 100%
          "L’Oréal uses very low volumes of soybean oil (240 T per year), mainly used as an emollient in skincareand hair care products, but also soy derivatives (25 T per year), such as proteins, lecithin, and tocopherol,which require several steps of transformation and are mostly found in skincare, make-up and hair careproducts" "In 2019, 100% of soya oil used by L’Oréal and sourced from Latin America (270 tonnes per year, less than 0.001% of global production) was certified as sustainable (organic or Identity Preserved (IP))."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: Parana – Capanema

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: none
          Report list of suppliers for soy in 2019
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          “Since 2014, a dedicated action plan has been implemented to secure a traceable and sustainable sourcing of soy-based ingredients with our direct and indirect suppliers, relying on: a close monitoring of geographical provenances for every concerned ingredient (at least at country, going to sub national levels in sensitive countries), an in depth deforestation risk mapping, a strict control of suppliers compliance.”
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    21/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    15/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    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. L'Oreal S.A. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care
Segments
Manufacturer
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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