L’Oréal Australia releases inaugural Modern Slavery Statement

L’Oréal Australia has released its inaugural Modern Slavery Statement, which was prepared in accordance with the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act). The Statement describes the initiatives implemented by L’Oréal Australia during the reporting period commencing 1 January 2020 and ending 31 December 2020 to identify, assess and address the risks of modern slavery in its business operations and supply chain. The Statement was approved by the Board of Directors, also referred to as the Management Committee, of L’Oréal Australia on 7 June 2021. The statement can be read here.

L’Oréal Australia Operations & Supply Chain Director and Ethics Correspondent, Effie Gorringe shared; “We firmly believe that companies are part of the solution for the issues our world faces, and the launch of our first Modern Slavery Statement is a testament to this. At L’Oréal, we are committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights by ensuring that we always respect relevant laws and abide by our global L’Oréal Ethical Principles – Integrity, Respect, Courage and Transparency. We recognise that modern slavery is a complex issue, requiring us to invest time and resources, and engage and collaborate with all our partners.”

In accordance with the Act, the business’s first statement explores L’Oréal Australia’s identity, structure, operations and supply chains, specific risks of modern slavery, the actions taken to address the risks of modern slavery and the efficacy of L’Oréal Australia’s actions.

The L’Oréal Group has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact since 2003, and supports the Fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In particular, the L’Oréal Group wants to help end the exploitation of children in the workplace and the use of forced labour in different countries across the world. In 2020, L’Oréal Australia also became a member of the Global Compact Network Australia.

L’Oréal Australia Managing Director, Rodrigo Pizarro said “As a business, we are dedicated to being part of the movement that eradicates exploitative practices, once and for all. The L’Oréal Group already has policies and procedures in place which help to address this issue, and in the future, we will work to further strengthen them, and track our progress both globally and here in Australia.”

“Our commitment is twofold: to respect Human Rights throughout our entire value chain, and to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate. L’Oréal’s partners and suppliers represent a source of innovation, quality and excellence, and it is incredibly important that we are actively working together to make a difference. It is up to us to lead with responsibility, transparency and accountability.”

The L’Oréal Australia Modern Slavery Statement 2020 can be read on the Australian Border Force website here.

(Feature image from L’Oreal Australia Twitter feed.)

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