Responsible Purchasing

The choices we make must be consistent with our values, and our purchasing policy is a clear example. It plays a key role in the sustainable development of the company.

A common vision Back to top

One of the L'OCCITANE Group's major objectives is to purchase responsibly. This means:

  • choosing responsible suppliers,
  • training our employees in responsible purchasing and eco-design,
  • supporting our subsidiaries and getting them on board.

Sustainable ingredients Back to top

The role of our Sustainable Ingredients department is to supervise and secure the supply of plants for the L'OCCITANE Group, with respect for both ecosystems and our producers.

Our ingredients policy is guided by four principles:

  • LOCAL: we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and to support local business, for the benefit of the regional social fabric.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: we forge long-term partnerships with our producers and sign multi-year contracts with them.
  • TRACEABILITY: we oversee supply chains and information, from planting to the arrival of the raw materials in our factory.
  • EQUITY: All our partnerships are based on a win-win relationship.

To learn more, discover our ingredients supply chains reports

70 traceable ingredient supply chains are active and represent 450 hectares of cultivation over 10,000 patner pickers.

Recognition from the UN Back to top

Since the 1980's, L'OCCITANE has been working with women who produce shea butter in Burkina Faso, based on a joint-development approach.

Following a study by an independent body, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recognized L’OCCITANE as an exemplary company for its action in Burkina Faso, within the framework of its 2013 "Growing Inclusive Markets" program.

Since November 2013, L’OCCITANE has also been a member of the "Business Call To Action" (BCtA) initiative. Launched in 2008 by the UNDP and other corporate partners, it brings together companies that contribute to economic growth in developing countries and to the protection of the environment.

Read the complete UNDP report

Over 200,000 people impacted by orders for shea butter .