Sustainable Sourcing

    Sustainable Sourcing

    BUILDING LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS BASED ON TRUST & RESPECT

    BUILDING LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS BASED ON TRUST & RESPECT

    L'OCCITANE works directly with over 130 French farmers and 10,000 pickers - from the immortelle fields of Corsica to the lavender fields of Provence - to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the highest quality and sourced as sustainably as possible.

    Our Four Pillars of Sustainability

    Traceability

    We strive to purchase local produce whenever possible, in order to reduce our carbon footprint and support local business, for the benefit of the social fabric of the region. We give priority to small, integrated networks, to bring added value to the producer and have complete control over the traceability of extracts, from the seeds right up to the finished product.
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    Sustainability

    Sustainability

    Our work requires respect for both man and the environment. We make no compromises with regard to the protection of endangered species or the skills of communities. We do not patent ways of using ingredients that are based on traditions (no biopiracy), but carry out effectiveness tests and work on combinations of ingredients to meet cosmetic needs.

    Fairness

    For our key ingredients, we build real partnerships that are strengthened, whenever possible, by multi-year contracts with our producers. These contracts guarantee them a minimum purchase volume, which ensures that they have a reliable, lasting outlet for their produce, at a price that is agreed by all parties. The fairness of our partnerships can also be found in our North-South trade. Several of our supply chains (shea butter, argan oil and orange blossom floral water) are fair trade approved and we donate a percentage of the purchase price of the raw material to local development projects.
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    Quality

    Quality

    The growing, harvesting, drying and storage conditions all have an impact on the purity of the plant materials. We guarantee their quality through specifications that are drawn up with our analytical, quality and regulatory departments, and with the help of our technical partners on the ground. Our key ingredients are, for the most part, organically derived, to guarantee the absence of chemical inputs. The harvesting of wild plants is governed by sustainable harvesting guidelines, to protect the integrety and habitat of these plants.
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    Traceability

    30 Traceable ingredient supply chains with 50% organic certificated
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    Partners

    80   Partnerships with farmers
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    Pickers

    10,000   Pickers working for L'Occitane
    Ingredients True Story

    Ingredients True Story

    At L'OCCITANE, we strive to use high-quality, traceable ingredients of natural origin. We use over 200 plant-derived ingredients, a quarter of them organic certified, which are carefully selected for their effectiveness and their ability to give your skin the elements it needs to look beautiful. We therefore systematically give priority to ingredients of natural origin whenever possible. Discover L’OCCITANE’s most beloved products, made with the finest ingredients and 40 years of traditions. Provençal Almond, Burkina Faso Shea butter… all ethically sourced!

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    Animal Testing

    The L’OCCITANE Group has been against animal testing for more than 40 years and we have never tested our products, active ingredients or raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process.
     
    The Group is fundamentally against animal testing of beauty products on a worldwide basis. In China, where our products are retailed, the local Chinese authorities request that some cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market are tested. They view it as the best way to safeguard consumer safety in China.
     
    We do not conduct these tests. They are done by Chinese laboratories that have been approved by local authorities on a limited animal panel. 
     
    To move things forward, the cosmetics industry is developing its relationship with the Chinese authorities with the clear objective of bringing animal testing for beauty products to a definitive end. The industry has engaged with the relevant authorities and animal rights NGOs so as to highlight alternative techniques that are being used in Europe, where animal testing has now been banned.
     
    This constructive dialogue has led to a series of advances in Chinese regulation, including a decision in June 2014 to end this type of testing on so-called “ordinary cosmetics” that are manufactured and packaged locally (shampoo, perfume etc.). Another major milestone was made in November 2016 when the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of a non-animal test for safety assessment of certain cosmetic ingredients. Currently the NIFDC (National Institute for Food and Drug Control) is considering acceptance of other alternatives to animal testing (AAT).
     
    To further demonstrate our commitment to ending animal testing, the L’OCCITANE Group has partnered with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS). The IIVS has an active program in China dedicated to promoting the use and regulatory acceptance of AAT. More information about this program can be found on the IIVS website.
     
    We remain convinced that this open dialogue with Chinese organisations will further influence Chinese regulation and put an end to animal testing once and for all.
     
    Thank you for your interest and we hope this statement has clarified our position.