L’Oreal: Long-term supplier relationships key to responsible and ethical sourcing

By Katie Bird

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Environment, Natural environment

A good long-term relationship with suppliers is important when trying to source in an environmentally friendly and ethical manner, according to L’Oreal’s head of sustainable development.

CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com met with Francis Quinn at the L’Oreal offices in Paris to discuss how the world’s largest cosmetics company aims to respect the environment and communities when sourcing ingredients.

The company sources 40 per cent of its ingredients from natural resources and according to Quinn, the aim is to work on a long term basis with suppliers, using a number of checklists to assess the impacts of each ingredient.

If an ingredient does not tick all the boxes, and cannot be sourced under appropriate ethical and environmental conditions, the company walks away, Quinn said.

However, every ingredient has to be looked at on a case-by-case basis, he explained, citing an orchid that after being placed on the Endangered Species List the company did not abandon but rather cultivated it in its greenhouses in France.

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