L’OCCITANE joins RE100 targeting 100% renewable electricity – a win-win for business and nature

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22 May 2017

LONDON: The L’OCCITANE Group is the latest big name to join The Climate Group and CDP’s RE100 campaign, committing to transition to 100% renewables globally, with an interim goal of 80% by 2020.

“L’OCCITANE is already showing leadership by sourcing 100% renewable electricity in France,” commented Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, “a country known for investments in nuclear power.

“Extending this renewable electricity ambition globally will help to protect our environment, increase the confidence of its stakeholders and deliver on the L’OCCITANE brand.”

The natural cosmetics company was already aiming to reduce its own carbon intensity by 30% in 2020, compared with 2010. The next step for the company will be transitioning its main subsidiaries to renewable energy by 2020, starting with stores in the UK and US.

“Global warming is something that concerns all of us – and private sector businesses, in particular, have an important role to play,” said Katia Michieletto, CSR Director for French subsidiary Laboratoires M&L, in an interview with RE100.

“We have become aware of the impacts that climate change and the reduction in fossil fuels will have on our supply chains and all our activities. Switching to renewable energy is one of the key actions that companies can – and must – take.”

Highlighting the business benefits for this transitioning, she added: “Our experience in France has shown us that the development of renewable energy contracts strengthens relations with electricity suppliers and the confidence of our stakeholders.

“By joining RE100, L’OCCITANE wants to be part of the collective effort that will lead to an increase in renewable electricity. This community is an incredible network for sharing information and helping us to accelerate our transition to renewables.”

L’OCCITANE becomes the 95th company to join RE100, uniting the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Earlier this month, Ebay, IHS Markit, Tesco, and The Lego Group also became members.

As well as transitioning to 100% renewable power globally, L’OCCITANE is aiming to equip all its stores with LED lighting by 2020, reducing the carbon footprint of its packaging and formulas, and working to cut carbon emissions from its logistics chain. The company is also educating and influencing its employees on sustainability.

by Marie Reynolds

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