Company Score

Industry Household & Personal Products
Country France
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1462
Impact Notes 17
SDG Covered 9 out of 17

L'Oréal manufacture and sell beauty and hair products. It operates through the following segments: Professional Products, Consumer Products, L'Oréal Luxe, and Active Cosmetics with brands like Lancôme and Yves Saint Laurent. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Clichy, France. As of 2019, L'Oréal employed a total of 87,907.

Read about L'Oréal and its impact below.

Impact notes

Decent work and Economic Growth

L’Oréal sources mica from mines in India that employ close to 22,000 child laborers

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Fri Nov 13th, 2020 at 10:39am

On a global scale, the beauty industry utilizes 18% of the total mica mined every year1 to give their products a luxurious feel4. Close to 60% of the world’s mica production is sourced from two of India's most impoverished states, Bihar and Jharkhand2. Approximately 70% of the mica mined in India is sourced from unregulated, unsupervised mines that employ close to 22,000 children3.

Climate Action

L’Oréal emitted 12,957,489.73 tonnes of GHG emissions in 2019

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 3:51pm

One of the major contributors to greenhouse gases and global warming is Carbon Dioxide (CO2)1. The global temperature has risen by 0.18 degrees C per decade, due to excessive greenhouse gas emissions, especially from industrial activities2. Earth witnessed nine of the warmest years from 2005 to 20192.

Good Health and Well-being

L’Oréal sells 8 million Garnier Micellar Water's every year, which contains banned carcinogen PHMB

Profile Meenakshi Narayanan
Icon time Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 9:37am

Cancer is responsible for the largest number of deaths in the world5. Around 8.2 million people die every year due to cancer, and 14.1 million new cases are reported annually in the world5. Cosmetics contain chemicals that may cause cancer and other long term health issues6.

No Poverty

L'Oréal’s "Sharing Beauty with All" helps alleviate poverty by supporting farmers

Profile Surbhi Kohli
Icon time Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 8:23am

Approximately 10% of the global population lives in extreme poverty and finds it challenging to meet basic needs, including health, access to water and sanitation, and education1. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), supporting the agricultural sector plays a vital role in the eradication of poverty and hunger, especially in rural areas where people are most affected by poverty2;p3.

Life on Land

L'Oréal continues to source palm oil from suppliers which cause deforestation & biodiversity loss

Profile Paushali Bhattacharya
Icon time Fri Aug 28th, 2020 at 12:57pm

The beauty industry uses 18% of the global palm oil production1;p1, which stood at 72.27 million tons in 20192. The expansion of palm oil cultivation can affect 54% of threatened mammals and 64% of threatened birds in the world3. The destruction of habitat has also threatened 193 species worldwide4, including the Borneo orangutan, elephant, and Sumatran tiger11.