Between 8 and 19 October 2012 L’Oréal took part as an expert in the 11th world biodiversity summit “COP11” in Hyderabad, India. The conference was organised under the auspices of the UN and attended by representatives from 160 nations. Working in partnership with the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations), the Group chaired a round-table discussion on a key challenge, namely the sustainable use of biodiversity as a source of innovation. This is a theme in which the Group already has considerable experience as it has been working to replace some ingredients derived from the petroleum industry with others based on renewable resources. L’Oréal was also able to promote its commitment to co-valorisation to optimise the use of plants such as argan in ways that preserve resources and local people. Working in the same spirit, L’Oréal took matters further by bringing together the chief Indian non-governmental organisations to discuss its sustainable development policy. These initiatives have helped establish the legitimacy of the Group in the international debate on biodiversity.