L’Oréal pushes forward with sustainable development

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L’Oréal pushes forward with sustainable development
L’Oréal’s recently released annual report into its sustainability programme’s progress reveals it is pushing forward with meeting goals for ‘Sharing Beauty with All’.

The annual progress report highlights various areas where the company has made progress in this area, with significant steps forward especially seen in its commitments on combating climate change.

The following are highlights from the report, the full version of which can be discovered here​.

Low carbon growth: a renewed performance

The report highlights that in 2018, L’Oréal reduced the carbon emissions of its plants and distribution centres by 77% in absolute terms compared to 2005, while increasing its production volume by 38% during the same period.

“This performance demonstrates the Group’s ability to achieve economic success while reducing environmental impact,” L’Oreal says.

In addition, by year-end, 38 of L’Oréal’s production sites achieved carbon neutrality.

The CDP is one benchmarking organisation that  has recognized these achievements. In 2018, and for the third consecutive year, L’Oréal is one of two companies among more than 3,000, to be awarded three ‘A’ ratings (i.e., the highest rating) by the CDP in three major areas: climate protection, sustainable water management and fighting against deforestation.

L’Oréal is the only company in the world to have received this triple distinction from the CDP, three years in a row.

“Climate change is a major concern for the world, and its consequences call for urgent action. The L’Oréal Group aims to play a leading role in driving efforts to meet this challenge," says Alexandra Palt, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer L’Oréal. "Companies need to get involved, and we should be judged on the merits of our actions and results.”

Brands take action

L’Oréal says that encourages its brands to raise awareness and mobilize partners, customers and consumers on major environmental and social issues.

As part of the Sharing Beauty with All programme, brands identify a specific cause and run awareness campaigns.

In 2018, more than half of the Group’s brands (57%) took action including Armani, Biolage, Biotherm, Garnier, La Roche-Posay, and Ralph Lauren Fragrances.

SPOT evaluation tool: a first in the cosmetics industry

The Sustainable Product Optimisation Tool (SPOT), deployed across all the Group’s brands, is a first in the cosmetics industry, according to the beauty giant.

Since 2014, L’Oréal teams, with the support of international experts, have developed a methodology to measure the environmental and social performance of a product and identify levers for improvement.

SPOT is also instrumental in achieving L’Oréal’s goal of improving the social or environmental profile of 100% of new products by the end of 2020.

In 2018, 100% of all new or renovated products – i.e. 2,195 products – underwent SPOT assessment, and 79% of the products launched during the year were improved.

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