MOST of us have read, heard or watched it. L’Oreal announced that it will drop the word whitening, along with others such as white, fair, fairness, light and lightening, in its products.
This is just the beginning as the entire L’Oreal Group aims to be sustainable for the planet and inclusive for all by 2030. It announced recently L’Oreal for the Future, a roadmap for a truly radical transformation.
As one of the biggest beauty businesses in the world this matters. Here’s everything you need to know:
Respecting planetary boundaries
In the context of urgent and growing environmental and social challenges, L’Oréal is accelerating its transformation towards a model respecting planetary boundaries. Hence, it reinforcing the following commitments, all in accordance with what scientific experts demand and grounded on what the planet needs:
- Fighting climate change:
- By 2025, all of the group’s manufacturing, administrative and research sites will reach carbon neutrality by improving energy efficiency and using 100% renewable energy
- By 2030, 100% of the plastics used in L’Oréal’s products’ packaging will be either from recycled or bio-based sources.
- By 2030, it will enable consumers to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the use of our products by 25% compared to 2016, on average and per finished product.
- By 2030, it will reduce by 50% on average and per finished product, the greenhouse gas emissions linked to the transport of our products, compared to 2016.
- Sustainable water management:
- In 2030, 100% of the water used in industrial processes will be recycled and reused in a loop.
- By 2030, through its environmental test platform, L’Oreal will evaluate all formulas to guarantee they are respectful of all aquatic ecosystems, whether continental or coastal.
- By 2030, it will enable consumers to reduce by 25%, on average and per finished product, the water consumption linked to the use of our products, compared to 2016.
- In 2030, all strategic suppliers will use water sustainably in the areas where they operate.
- Respecting biodiversity:
- By 2030, 100% of the biobased ingredients for formulas and packaging materials will be traceable and will come from sustainable sources. None of them will be linked to deforestation.
- To limit impact on natural habitats, it is committing to holding flat, by 2030, the total land occupancy vital to the sourcing of our ingredients, compared to 2019.
- Furthermore, by 2030, 100% of industrial sites and all operated buildings will have a positive impact on biodiversity, compared to 2019.
- Preserving natural resources:
- By 2030, 95% of L’Oreal’s ingredients in formula will be biobased, derived from abundant minerals or from circular processes.
- By 2030, 100% of the plastics used in packaging will be either from recycled or biobased sources (will reach 50% by 2025).
- By 2025, 100% of plastic packaging will be refillable, reusable, recyclable or compostable.
- By 2030, 100% of the waste generated in L’Oreal’s sites will be recycled or reused.
Empowering fair, sustainable consumerism
L’Oréal has also affirmed its commitments to engaging its customers, suppliers and partners in the group’s transformation process.
- By 2030, 100% of strategic suppliers’ employees will be paid at least a living wage covering their basic needs and those of their dependents, calculated in line with best practices.
- By 2030, the group will help an incremental 100,000 people from disadvantaged communities gain access to employment.
- By 2030, 3 million people will benefit from the brands’ social engagement programs (access to water, access to education and vocational training).
- By 2030, all the group’s products will be ecodesigned.
To empower its consumers to make more sustainable choices, L’Oréal has also launched its Product Environmental & Social Impact Labelling endorsed by independent scientific experts, which is a world-first that rates products from A (world class for sustainability) to E based on their environmental impact, for areas including carbon footprint and manufacturing processes.
Addressing social challenges
Commitment to social inclusion, and the economic empowerment of women have become the bedrock of some of the most active advocacies for the L’Oréal Group—globally and in the Philippines.
- By 2023, the group will have invested €50 million to support highly vulnerable women
- By 2030, the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration will have invested €50 million to help restore one million hectares of degraded ecosystems.
- By 2030, the Fund will have helped capture 15 to 20 million tons of CO2 and we will have created hundreds of job opportunities.
- By 2030, the group will have invested 50 M€ to finance projects that will help promote a more circular economy.
L’Oreal Philippines joins the transformation
L’Oréal Philippines also announced its roadmap in contribution to the group’s global sustainability targets. In collaboration with local stakeholders and partners, the focus areas for the Philippines are sustainable e-commerce, consumer empowerment and education through Green Beauty, and social empowerment through the nationwide expansion of its beauty education program, Beauty For A Better Life.
Beauty for a Better Life aims to ensure women in the most underprivileged circumstances are provided means to regain their confidence and self-respect, to enhance their skill-set and are empowered to reintegrate back into society and gain employment or be self-employed.
L’Oréal Philippines will be cementing key programs with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), which is one of the brand’s long-standing partners for 10 years and running.
“L’Oréal has put sustainability as a fundamental priority. Our commitments towards 2030 mark the beginning of a more radical transformation and embody our view as to what a company’s vision, purpose and responsibilities should be, to meet the challenges facing the world,” said Supriya Singh, country managing director of L’Oréal Philippines. “In the Philippines we aim to make the most impact in the areas of environmental stewardship and social empowerment. Our sustainability commitment will embark our teams, our partners and our consumers—and through our collective impact, we aim to create a more sustainable world for beauty,” affirmed Carmel Valencia, head of Corporate Communication of L’Oréal Philippines.
Read the full L’Oreal for the Future 2030 commitments here.