L'Oréal setzt sich verstärkt für Menschen mit Behinderung ein

For over 15 years, L’Oréal has been committed to an overall global disability policy founded on 5 key areas: access and maintenance in employment, awareness, accessibility of premises and information and partnership with the protected sector.


The professional products division focused on recruitment

In 2008, the Professional Products Division of L’Oréal (which distributes the L’Oréal Professionnel, Kérastase, Redken, Matrix and Pureology brands in hair salons) created a partnership with the INJS (national institute for young deaf people), aimed at fostering training and integration into the workplace of students with disabilities. Students at the INJS working towards a CAP vocational training certificate or a BEP vocational diploma in hairdressing were able to follow courses developed by the Division's personnel. The curriculum covered Expert Hair care and included a Texture and Colour Workshop. A set of tools was also created to facilitate communication in salons between hearing-impaired students and customers. Each student on a hairdressing course is accompanied by a tutor working at the Division.

L’Oréal Research & Innovation opens an "accessible" world research centre

Officially opened in March 2012, the new Hair Research Centre based in Saint-Ouen, close to Paris, factored in statutory accessibility standards from the design stage. A more in-depth review was also launched to come up with additional features for employees with disabilities such as Braille plates under office numbers and colour coding on site maps, etc. This review also covered digital accessibility, particularly the adaptation of computer workstations to a range of disabilities.

L’Oréal rewards concrete actions in favour of the disabled

Disability: A Source of Innovation

To accelerate mobilisation of countries, in 2008, L’Oréal set up the "Disability Initiatives” awards in a bid to reward operational entities for their concrete actions to assist the disabled. Given out every two years in the presence of Senior Management, these awards serve to highlight and share the actions undertaken by the different L'Oréal entities in France and Europe as a whole. In 2012, this competition was opened up to all group subsidiaries worldwide.


L’Oréal has always placed people at the center of the company, and done so with a vision for the long term. The development of men and women is one of the key factors behind the group’s economic and social performance.

The desire to carry out an active policy in diversity – as an agent of progress, innovation, and creation of social ties – has been evident for many years, growing richer over time with the group’s growth.

Recognized as one of the world’s most attractive companies for young graduates and most formative environments for developing leadership among its managers, L’Oréal is always looking to find a balance between constantly improving its efficiency and enriching its pool of talent, at all levels and in all countries.

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