L’Oréal receives HRH the Prince of Wales Terra Carta Seal in recognition of the company’s commitment to creating a sustainable future

L’Oréal has been awarded the Terra Carta 2021 Seal that recognises global companies driving innovation and demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets. It is being awarded to companies whose ambitions are aligned with those of the Terra Carta, a recovery plan for Nature, People and Planet, launched in January 2021.

L’Oréal’s vision for the upcoming decade is one of a company whose activities are respectful of the Planetary Boundaries. Since 2005, L’Oréal has reduced its industrial sites’ CO2 emissions by 81% while production volume increased by 29% over the same period. 96% of the products launched in 2020 by the Group’s brands had an improved environmental or social profile.

With L’Oréal for the Future, its second sustainability programme, L’Oréal is accelerating its sustainable transformation. Amongst other commitments, it has pledged:

  • to align with the 1.5°C scenario, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions of all scopes by 50% per finished product (25% in absolute terms), by 2030,
  • to help restore by 2030 one million hectares of degraded ecosystems thanks to the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration, a 50 million euro impact investing fund,
  • to ensure 100% of plastic packaging will be refillable, reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. By 2030, 100% of the plastics used in L’Oréal’s product packaging will be either from recycled or biobased sources.
  • to help 100,000 people from disadvantaged communities gain access to employment by 2030.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, said: “The Terra Carta Seal recognises those organisations which have made a serious commitment to a future that is much more sustainable, and puts Nature, People and the Planet at the heart of the economy. We all need to make changes if we are to preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren and these businesses have pledged to make it easier for us all to do so.”

The Terra Carta Seal has been awarded to L’Oréal and other companies who hold a leadership position within their industry and who have solid roadmaps underpinned by globally recognised, scientific metrics for achieving net zero by 2050 or earlier.

“Being awarded the Terra Carta Seal is recognition of the progress made in our sustainable transformation to date and an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to playing an ongoing leadership role in protecting nature, people and planet,” said Alexandra Palt, Executive Vice President, L’Oréal Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice-President of the Fondation L’Oréal. “At L’Oréal, we want to demonstrate that companies can be part of the solution to some of today’s most pressing challenges. Increasingly, companies are understanding that it will not be possible to thrive in a society that is not inclusive or sustainable, and that the cost of inaction will be unaffordable.”

Working closely with HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Jony Ive and his creative team at LoveFrom have created a physical and animated seal engineered with paper that is both simple and beautifully crafted. The design combines a host of natural references including oak leaves, fern, magnolia and honey bees and intricate patterns both in nature and in the arts, creating a visual celebration which reflects the power of and reverence for nature that is at the heart of the Terra Carta.

“With respect for both the historic resonance of the Terra Carta and for the environment, we have used modest, natural materials and celebrated craftsmanship with a delicate, illustrated design,” said Sir Jony Ive. “This feels a sensitive and sincere commemoration for those who have committed to the aims of the Terra Carta, and we are so very grateful to be able to contribute to such an important and impactful initiative.”

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