France, Europe – Score, A
With a commitment to ‘zero-deforestation’ by 2020, L’Oréal already sources 100% of its palm oil derivatives from sources certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The company worked with external stakeholders to design a tool – Sustainable Palm Oil and Traceability (SPOT) – to evaluate the environmental and social performance of all its products. In addition, L’Oréal uses the Global Forest Watch Tool to identify risks further down its supply chain, such as palm oil mills’ commitments to zero-deforestation. These programs and tools have helped L’Oréal reduce risks associated with deforestation, allowing it to map its supply chain and trace back 91% of raw materials to the refinery level and 74% to the palm oil mills level. By supporting 500 smallholder farmers in Sabah, Malaysia, L’Oréal has increased its availability of certified sustainable palm oil, helping to future-proof the business.