Respecting Human Rights

Because Beauty for All includes respect for everyone’s rights

Human rights might seem like an abstract subject, but the reality is that they are relevant to everyone and impact us all daily. There are 30 Human Rights internationally defined by the United Nations, including the right to life and safety, to health, to privacy, to freedom of expression, the right to have a decent job, and more.

At L’Oréal, we are a company made up of human beings whose actions and products impact human beings as well as our planet. As such, it’s our responsibility to ensure that we respect Human Rights by avoiding negative impacts on people and the planet from our activities, and by making positive impacts where we can.

Focus On Human Rights Commitments

L'Oréal's employees work hard on human rights issues in their day to day. At L'Oréal – as a company, as a community of coworkers and as individual people – we are committed to doing all we can to put a stop to Human Rights abuses, working all together.

Human Rights at every level of the value chain

Our commitment is reflected at every level of the value chain and is key to how we do business.

In our responsible sourcing policy, which considers the impact when we source raw materials. In our commitment to protecting the environment and helping people impacted by climate change.

By our Share & Care program which guarantees parental leave, contributing to the protection of children. At L’Oréal our ambition is Beauty for All, and Beauty can’t exist without respect for everyone’s rights.

In 2017, we adopted our global Human Rights Policy, in line with UN standards.

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Employee Human Rights policy

In 2020, we launched our Employee Human Rights Policy, because setting an example starts from within, by assuring universal social standards for the people who make up L’Oréal.

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Discover Human Rights Partnerships

We are aware that we cannot tackle this issue alone as we are part of many communities around the world. We also know that when it comes to our stakeholders, we need to listen to those who may be affected. Our Human Rights partnerships help us to reinforce our efforts and to always go further.

Danish Institute for Human Rights

In 2019, L’Oréal signed a partnership with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), the independent national Human Rights institution of Denmark, which has a 20-year track record of working with multinational companies on all aspects of Human Rights due diligence. The DIHR completed a gap analysis to identify areas for improvement in L’Oréal’s Human Rights program. The aim is to draw from the DIHR’s widely recognised expertise and insight to strengthen our Group’s initiative.

Fair Wage Network

L’Oréal also works with the Fair Wage Network. This NGO will provide the group with a comprehensive and up-to-date database that can be used to define, build and deploy a living wage strategy throughout our operations, for L'Oréal employees and suppliers. Ensuring a living wage means paying workers enough to provide food, housing and basic needs for themselves and their dependents, regardless of the country where they work.


In 2020, L'Oréal began participation in Shift’s Business Learning Program. Shift is the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, chaired by Professor John Ruggie. Shift is helping L'Oréal to identify and address its most important Human Rights issues.

Open For Business

L’Oréal is member of Open for Business , a coalition of global businesses that aims to advance LGBTQIA+ rights globally and to create a global consensus that LGBTQIA+ inclusion is an economic and business issue. This helps build momentum for LGBTQIA+ rights around the world and gives support to businesses operating in markets where these issues are especially urgent.

Discover Human Rights in Action

Human Rights day-to-day at L’Oréal

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