Guaranteeing sustainable sourcing for our renewable raw materials

04/2016 • Updated 14/04/2017

54% of the volumes of raw materials used by L’Oréal are now renewable, i.e., they are mostly of plant origin. This represents approximately 1,540 raw materials from over 350 species of plant from over a hundred countries.

The use of these ingredients is encouraged by L’Oréal’s formulators, and may be:

  • either sustainably sourced;
  • or prepared using green chemistry principles, which reduce to a minimum the number of synthesis stages and solvent and energy consumption. 17% (in terms of volume) of the raw materials used by L’Oréal are obtained according to the principles of green chemistry.

Certain products we launched in 2016 have a percentage of renewable raw materials of over 93%, such as Biolage R.A.W. Replenish oil-mist or Uplift shampoo, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil or the Garnier Ultra Doux Honey Treasures hand cream.


Deploying a sustainable sourcing methodology

We have developed a sustainable sourcing policy for renewable raw materials.

Depending on the geographic origin as well as on the mode of extraction or production of ingredients, some of these plant species may involve ecological (protective measures, impact of our suppliers’ activities on natural environments) or social (working conditions, fair wages, cultural issues) stakes.

We have developed, along with our suppliers, a continuous improvement mindset in order to take the actual impact of ingredients on the territories of origin into account. This has led us to make a full investigation of supply chains for the most sensitive ingredients such as shea butter, palm oil and its derivatives, as well as argan oil.

And to address the issues of responsible and fair use of biodiversity, we have developed a sustainable sourcing methodology for renewable raw materials based on four principles:

  • guaranteeing the traceability of the raw materials, which involves knowing the origin of the plant and the country in which it was produced;
  • ensuring that all stakeholders involved comply with the social and environmental regulations;
  • checking that the sourcing of these raw materials respects biodiversity and meets the sustainable development challenges in these areas by generating a positive social impact on the lives of the local populations;
  • having this entire process certified by an independent external party.

Our achievements

In 2015, L’Oréal finalised the implementation of traceability campaigns for all suppliers, even though the significant number of steps involved in processing some materials can make supply chains highly complex and require a whole series of intermediaries.

100% of plant-sourced ingredients are currently tracked from their country of origin, or even the site of biomass production.

In 2016, within the scope of a continuous improvement process, an independent critical review of this methodology was carried out in partnership with the NGO Rainforest Alliance. Objective: confirming the relevance of the criteria adopted for the methodology and accelerating its deployment with our suppliers. The areas for improvement identified will apply from 2017 onwards to our responsible sourcing programmes.

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More than 40 000

formulas in all 19 types of product* made by L’Oréal have been screened by our experts.

* shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, skincare products, cleansers, hair colouring, styling products, perms, deodorants, suncare products, make-up, fragrances, etc.

2016 82 %
2015 74 %

New or renovated products have an improved environmental or social profile in 2015. Our target: 100% by 2020.


of new or renovated products in 2016 have an improved environmental or social profile thanks to packaging with a lower environmental footprint.

« Nous sommes tous mobilisés pour construire un Loréal plus durable. »

Alexandra Palt

Directrice Responsabilité Sociétale et Environnementale



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