Sharing Beauty With All: Our commitment to sustainability
Friday 20th April, 2018
In anticipation of Earth Day this Sunday 22nd April, L’Oréal Australia takes the opportunity to celebrate its commitment to sustainability. L’Oréal’s Sharing Beauty With All program is an overarching campaign to advance sustainable practices across all aspects of the business.
L’Oréal’s sustainability programme, Sharing Beauty With All, launched in 2013, is a series of tangible commitments towards 2020. This programme began a profound transformation, across every area of our organisation, in order to help L’Oréal adapt to the great changes we see in our world. Sharing Beauty With All is a fundamental pillar to our transformation and a strategic priority for all of our teams.
We have undertaken measurable commitments towards 2020 across our value chain to limit our impact on the environment and make a positive contribution to the ecosystems around us. Now three years away from our deadline, we have once again been able to show this year that economic performance and environmental, social and societal performance go hand in hand and are mutually reinforcing.
On a global level, we are ahead in our transformation towards a model low-carbon enterprise. We had committed to reduce our CO2 emissions by -60%, compared to 2005. In 2017, this reduction reached -73%, while our production grew +33% in the same period.
At a local level, L’Oréal Australia continues to partner with TerraCycle® to provide a second life for used personal care and beauty packaging through our free Beauty Products Recycling Program. Since its launch, in 2016 over 220,000 used beauty products have been collected and recycled. This program is set to grow in 2018, with increased public drop-off points and household sign-ups.
Alongside our consumer recycling program, in 2017 one of our key brands, Garnier® partnered with TerraCycle® to run a Recycled Playground Competition. With 104 schools participating nationwide, the school to recycle the most used beauty products won a playground made of 100% recyclable products. With over 145,000 units of empty beauty products collected and recycled, this program helped reduced landfill produced from the beauty industry, as well as providing essential education and a key incentive to schools around Australia to encourage recycling and sustainability.
The Group’s sustainability programme, along with its strong commitment to ethics, its policy of promoting diversity and inclusion, and its philanthropic activities (conducted with the support of the L’Oréal Foundation and by its brands), enable the Group to contribute to 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals achieved by the United Nations in 2015.
L’Oréal Australia is part of the L’Oréal Group. L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 108 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 26.02 billion euros in 2017 and employs 89,300 people worldwide. As the world’s leading Beauty Company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail and branded retail.
L’Oréal Australia has 28 brands available across all channels nationwide. The business employs over 900 people who work in all states and territories.
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