EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) developed the world’s leading assessment methodology and business certification standards for gender equality. The EDGE certification process is designed to help organizations create an optimal workplace for women and men and to assist them in taking full advantage of the benefits of gender equality. The EDGE methodology encompasses five main areas: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible work schedules and company culture.

Partnership with L’Oréal
In 2014 L’Oréal began the EDGE certification process for subsidiaries in India, Brazil, the United States, Russia and other countries. In 2017, EDGE renewed certification for Australia, Brazil, Canada, India and Russia.

GEEIS (Gender Equality European and International Standard) is a benchmark established by a group of European and international companies. The purpose is to certify and publicize the most effective ways of advancing, managing and promoting gender equality. The GEEIS label is designed for companies seeking to commit to this goal and making it an integral part of their HR strategy as well as for companies seeking to have their initiatives recorded and validated by an independent organization. Established in Europe in 2010, the GEEIS label was launched worldwide in 2016.

Partnership with L’Oréal
L’Oréal is among the founding members of the Arborus Fund, the organization that conducts the GEEIS audits. For L’Oréal, the objective is to ensure that parity between men and women is accomplished through methods in compliance with the Group’s HR policies. Currently 23 L’Oréal subsidiaries and L’Oréal Corporate are GEEIS certified.

Equileap was founded to accelerate gender equality in the workplace by leveraging investments, grants and knowledge. The organization’s Global Gender Equality Ranking assesses more than 3,000 global companies with a market capitalization of over USD 2 billion in 23 countries. This unprecedented ranking will help investors discover which companies lead the field in terms of gender balance so they can invest with a gender lens aiming to make a difference and a return. Rankings are based on a scorecard of 19criteria, including remuneration, leadership opportunities, work/life balance, and paid parental leave.

Partnership with L’Oréal
In 2018, L'Oréal ranked Top gender-balanced company in Europe (Equileap global ranking).

In november 2018, L’Oréal was the first company to join « One in three women », the first European network of companies engaged against gender-based violence. This initiative co-led by the Act Against Exclusion Foundation (FACE) and the Kering Foundation is organized under the patronage of the Ministry of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination.

Founded in 1919 and currently the United Nations’ only tripartite agency, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers’ representatives from the UN’s 187 member states. The agency fosters dialogue between the three parties, sets labor standards and develops policies and programs to promote decent employment and working conditions for all men and women.

Partnership with L’Oréal
An active member of the ILO since 2010, L’Oréal was one of the first companies to sign the organization’s Global Business and Disability Network Charter in 2015. This worldwide network of international companies, national employers’ organizations, business organizations and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) works together to promote disability inclusion in the workplace.

ENAR is a pan-European network that advocates for racial equality and facilitates cooperation among anti-racism associations throughout the continent. The only organization of its kind in Europe, ENAR was first established in 1998 by grassroots activists joining forces to lobby EU legislators to take decisive measures for racial equality in EU member states.

Partnership with L’Oréal
L’Oréal supports ENAR by collaborating on events and conferences designed to explore best practices for increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in the workplace.

Disability Hub Europe for Sustainable Growth and Social Innovation is a new initiative led by Spain’s Fundación ONCE and co-financed by the EU Social Fund. To be rolled out from 2017 to 2020, the project is designed for cross-border, international impact.

Partnership with L’Oréal
L'Oréal is one of the founding partners of Disability Hub Europe and shares membership with international companies considered benchmark organizations for disability and sustainability issues.

EVE is a seminar on women’s empowerment created by Danone. The seminar is designed to enable women to drive change in their companies through leadership skills that inspire and motivate.

Partnership with L’Oréal
L’Oréal has been a key participant in EVE seminars since 2010. An EVE chapter has been established in Asia and an African chapter has been launched in December 2017.

These Standards are designed to guide the business community in fighting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Partnership with L’Oréal
In 2018, L’OREAL supports these standards. This initiative is in line with the Group’s Ethical Principles, its longstanding commitment in favor of Human Rights and in its long-term and proactive Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles, a collaboration of UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Partnership with L’Oréal
In 2014, Jean Paul Agon, CEO of L’Oréal Group signed these Principles confirming its strong ethical commitment with regards to Human Rights, Diversity, Social Responsibility and in particular equal opportunities.


Throughout the world L’Oréal is supporting organizations that encourage diverse and inclusive environments. From sponsoring mentoring programs for women from disadvantaged backgrounds to funding aid associations for ethnic minorities, we have chosen partners that enable us to fulfill our duties as responsible corporate citizens.

We are also trying to support local communities by helping them develop economically, especially women in these communities. In an effort to advance sustainable prosperity, L’Oréal is procuring more fair-trade, solidarity-sourced raw materials produced by local cooperatives and farmers who are guaranteed equitable wages,

Leading Organizations to Help People
As a Group with a global presence, we feel bound to join and, when possible, assume a leadership position in organizations and agencies dedicated to inclusion and fairness.

Our brands

Kiehl’s supports Autism Speaks , a partnership to promote autism advocacy worldwide.

Garnier supports UNICEF in helping children in emergency situations.

Urban Decay supports the Swiss Federation of Deaf People through a program to train deaf beauty advisors for in-store positions in association with L’Oréal Switzerland.

Maybelline supports Consorven , Venezuela’s national organization for the rights of deaf people, via a series of sign-language tutorials for the Lift up Your Eyes campaign.

Our subsidiaries

L’Oréal USA supports The Human Rights Campaign in promoting workplace policies and practices relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. The HRC’s Corporate Equality Index awarded L’Oréal the top score of 100% and ranked the company among the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

L’Oréal Mexico supports Juntos by welcoming more disabled people to our teams.

L’Oréal Brazil supports Dream Learn Work in promoting Inspirando Sonhos, a program enabling students from disadvantaged backgrounds to discover the corporate world through mentoring by L’Oréal team members.

L’Oréal Portugal supports the Salvador Association in helping create more inclusive environments for disabled employees.

L’Oréal France supports ARPEJH in assisting young people with disabilities to succeed in transitioning from school to professional life with regularly scheduled workshops and seminars at L’Oréal headquarters.

L’Oréal Kenya supports Albinism Association of Kenya (ASK) in empowering people with albinism economically and socially. L'Oréal East Africa team members mentor a group of high school and university students.

L’Oréal Russia supports Perspektiva in promoting greater independence and improved quality of life for people with disabilities.

L’Oréal Chile supports Prohumana in expanding diversity in recruitment through workshops and meetings.