Disability: trophies on a worldwide scale


For more than 15 years, L’Oréal has been committed to a global policy in favour of people with disabilities. Five key areas have been identified: accessibility of premises, access and maintenance in employment, outsourcing and partnership. To accelerate internal mobilisation, in 2008, L’Oréal set up the “Disability Initiatives” awards, given out every two years. These rewards serve a dual purpose: to recognise the operational entities for their concrete actions in this domain and thereby promote, share and disseminate good practices. Initially in France and then extended to Europe, the competition was opened up worldwide in 2012, with initiatives in fourteen countries, across Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

Initiatives all around the globe

The 2012 accessibility prize, for instance, was awarded to Mexico, for the proportion of people with disabilities (3%) among the employees of its new plant. The award for innovation went to France*, which invented the “industrial placement from home” for students with severe disabilities. The Partnership prize went to the Hong Kong subsidiary, which has been working alongside a local organisation for 16 years promoting professional and social inclusion of people with disabilities. The Commitment prize went to the Japanese subsidiary, which, in 2012, continuously employed 1.8% of its workforce among people with disabilities - in Japan, only 45% of companies comply with this rate. And the Worldwide Grand Prix awarded by the Jury recompensed the 360° approach L’Oréal Italy has been conducting since 2006: as founding member of the Italian diversity charter, the subsidiary advocates in favour of the employment of people with disabilities (the legal recruitment rate in the peninsula is 7%, the highest in all of Europe), works on intellectual disability and even succeeded in persuading the Lombardy region to join its commitment to diversity.

* The France Grand Prix was awarded to the GMG Ormes and OAPLF Ingré distribution centres, which, for the past five years, have been forging a partnership with a protected company.

L'Oréal and disability

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