To lower the environmental impact of its raw materials and empower women to improve their health, wellbeing and livelihoods, L’Oréal has established sustainable sourcing programs that benefit local producers in regions impacted by climate change.
More than 50% of the raw materials used by L’Oréal in its products are renewable, with the majority derived from plants. For example, the Group sources Argan oil from Morocco, quinoa husk extract from Bolivia, shea butter from Burkina Faso and galangal leaves from Vietnam. Women do most of the harvesting and processing of these ingredients. However, they face many climate-related challenges including water scarcity, poor soil health and desertification.
Across the world, L’Oréal develops sustainable sourcing projects to help women overcome the risks posed by climate change and improve their livelihoods. Through every project, it seeks to empower women producers to strengthen their production techniques in the face of pressing environmental challenges. In doing so, the Group is also respecting biodiversity, lowering the environmental impact of its top cosmetic ingredients and helping to ensure that it will be able to source these ingredients in the future.