L’Oréal committed to respecting biodiversity

05/2017 • Updated 19/04/2018

Biodiversity loss is one of the main environmental challenges the world is facing. As the leader of its industry sector, L’Oréal has long been committed to the respect of biodiversity and has developed an ambitious policy in the frame of Sharing Beauty With All, its sustainability commitment.

In 2017, 59% of raw materials used in L’Oréal's 2016 products are renewable, meaning coming mostly from plant origin. This represents approximately 1,600 ingredients from nearly 360 plant species sourced in over a hundred countries. L’Oréal has developed a policy aiming for 100% renewable raw materials sustainably sourced by 2020. All over the world and in partnership with its suppliers, we implement sourcing projects that both respect biodiversity and improve the livelihood and working conditions of the producers. And the Group’s researchers work also on reducing the impact a product has on ecosystems after being used. Regarding formulas, the challenge is to improve their biodegradability and to reduce their water footprint.

The same ambition is implemented regarding the materials used in our packaging. L’Oréal aims to use paper, cardboard and wood sourced from forests that are sustainably managed and preserve biodiversity.And L’Oréal endeavours to replace traditional materials with alternatives from recycled or renewable sources (recycled or biosourced materials).

Reducing the environmental impact of formulas and packaging and using more and more renewable raw materials that are sustainably sourced, enables L’Oréal to act as a responsibly company, to respect biodiversity and to have a positive impact on society, but is also a powerful source of innovation (green chemistry, novel ingredients, bio-inspired processes, etc.) and secures a sustainable access to these raw materials.

Signing the Business and Biodiversity Pledge in 2016, L’Oréal acknowledges the importance of ecosystem services for its business and reaffirms its commitment in favour of the respectful and sustainable use of biodiversity, especially along its supply chains.

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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.


New or renovated products having an improved environmental or social profile in 2017. Our target: 100% by 2020.


of new or renovated products in 2017 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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