French wellness company L’Occitane has won the Best Value Chain Engagement and Outstanding Programme Leadership awards at the EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Leadership Awards.
L’Occitane was recognised for its #NotJustSuppliers global sustainable procurement programme and for the noteworthy contributions of L’Occitane Head of Responsible Purchasing Katia Michieletto in achieving the company’s sustainability goals.
EcoVadis is a third-party body that assesses companies’ sustainable and ethical initiatives. It is backed by a powerful technology platform and is present in 160 countries. It also gives businesses sustainability scorecards which provide detailed information on environmental, societal and ethical risks across 200 purchasing categories.
The EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Leadership Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of companies in fostering environmental and ethical relationships with trading partners. The awards also serve to acknowledge EcoVadis partners who are setting and achieving bold sustainability ambitions and creating lasting positive change. The awards cover three categories: Best Value Chain Engagement, Outstanding Programme Leadership and Best Portfolio Performance.
L’Occitane claimed the Best Value Chain Engagement Award, which celebrates excellence in engaging trading partners in sustainability initiatives. It also recognises best-in-class examples of internal company engagement to drive the implementation of sustainable procurement programmes.
L’Occitane scored highly for its #NotJustSuppliers campaign. The campaign incorporated a CSR risk-mapping exercise that involved 1,5000 of the company’s global partners in monitoring the CSR performance of strategic and critical suppliers. The EcoVadis jury said that the French wellness company stepped up its game in the last two years and has been recognised by peers as a ‘fast-tracker’ in responsible sourcing.
“Sustainability has always been at the heart of the L’Occitane business strategy,” commented L’Occitane Chief Procurement Officer Elvire Regnier-Lussier. “This award reflects the public’s recognition of our strategy in which we consider our suppliers to be true business partners with whom we can build environment-friendly solutions that delight our customers.”
Head of Responsible Purchasing Katia Michieletto was recognised with the Outstanding Programme Leadership Award, which celebrates the dedication of individuals to promote and execute sustainable procurement initiatives.
Michieletto said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award. It is thanks to the collaborative support of EcoVadis and our leadership team, working closely with our suppliers and purchasing teams around the world, that we are able to continuously improve sustainability within our supply chain.”
EcoVadis Co-CEO Pierre-François Thaler added, “Our 2021 winners have gone big on their commitments to see actionable business value from sustainability by working to spark real change where it matters most — across the supply chain.”