In 2012, L’Oréal’s commitment to green chemistry was recognised by the international scientific community when Green Chemistry published an article* by Michel Philippe, Blaise Didillon and Laurent Gilbert. Green Chemistry is a world standard and was started by the founders of Green Chemistry. A large number of other publications quoted its articles in 2012. The article explained L’Oréal’s strategy on eco-design, the use of sustainable raw materials and the development of green processes. Before publication in March 2012, it was submitted to a reviewing panel of three experts known for their rigour. ’The panel was impressed by the fact that an industrial player could have this degree of commitment and a transparent strategy, and could lead the way in green chemistry’, says Michel Philippe, in charge of the development of Green Chemistry. ’This is also the first time the journal has published an article about the strategy of a cosmetics manufacturer’. This recognition confirms the policy L’Oréal has already been pursuing for several years which places Green Chemistry at the centre of sustainable innovation.
* “Industrial Commitment to Green and Sustainable Chemistry: using Renewable Materials & Developing eco-friendly processes and ingredients in cosmetics”, 2012, vol. 14, p. 952.