Achieving “zero deforestation”


We have set very ambitious targets leading to a sustainable transformation of our entire business and value chain. One of these targets is a “Zero Deforestation Policy”, published in 2014. We have committed that in 2020 latest, none of our products, their ingredients or components can be linked in any way to deforestation.

Since 2007, we are implementing action plans for the sustainable supply of agricultural commodities that might lead to deforestation, such as palm oil, soya oil and wood-fiber based products.

Palm oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil derivatives

We directly purchase less than 700 tonnes of palm oil every year, but consume, via the ingredients purchased from our suppliers, palm oil or palm kernel oil derivatives in a quantity approximately equivalent to 60,000 tonnes of palm oil. Since 2010, 100% of the palm oil purchased by L’Oréal meets the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards, via the Segregated (SG) model, which is one of the most demanding.

Concerning the derivatives, which are also 100% certified, we have increased the proportion of our Mass Balance purchases, which amount to 34% at the end of 2016 (versus 26% in 2015); the remainder continues to be covered by the RSPO Book & Claim model.

Furthermore, in 2014, L’Oréal undertook to trace derivatives to their source. The first two phases of the investigations conducted in 2014 and 2015 made it possible to trace 80% of the volumes of derivatives up to the refineries, 50% up to the mills and 12% up to the plantations. A third phase of investigations was launched in September 2016 in order to complete this data by March 2017.

Soya oil and its derivatives

Since 2015, 100% of the soya oil used by L’Oréal (230 tonnes/year, less than 0.01% of global production) which comes from Brazil is certified by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), organic and fair trade-sourced. As far as derivatives are concerned (25 tonnes/year), they come from zones classified as areas with no risk of deforestation.

Wood-fibre based products

Concerning the materials we used for our packaging, 97% of paper and 99% of cardboard come from sustainably managed forests (FSC or PEFC certification). 89% of the paper/cardboard used in POS advertising is also certified. In our products, we also use certain wood-based ingredients, such as cellulose derivatives and certain perfumery ingredients, all sourced from areas classified as leading to no risk of deforestation.

We have committed that in 2020 latest, none of our products, their ingredients or components can be linked in any way to deforestation

Our ambition and our results are recognised: in 2016, L’Oréal was awarded a score of “A” by the CDP, an independent international organisation that evaluates the environmental performance of companies.

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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



Find all our publications regarding our sustainability commitments as well as press kits and videos in the Resources section.

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2015 report

Our 2016
progress report

Download the 2016 progress report