More than 5,000 Employees Supported 200 Nonprofits during L’Oréal USA’s Annual Volunteer Day
As part of L’Oréal USA’s annual Volunteer Day, more than 5,000 employees stepped out of the office to volunteer 24,000 hours to local communities across Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas. Employees supported more than 200 regional organizations and non-profits aligned with L’Oréal’s corporate social missions of promoting sustainability, advancing science and providing beauty for all. This year’s projects ranged from environmental stewardship to local youth efforts and professional coaching to empower women in the workforce.
“At L’Oreal USA, each and every one of our employees believes that we can add value to the communities where we live and work,” said Frédéric Rozé, President & Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal USA. “Our annual Volunteer Day is a beautiful expression of our personal and professional values in action. Together, we are working to make a positive impact on society and the environment.”
At L’Oréal USA headquarters in New York City, employees worked with local organizations including New York Cares, Hudson River Park Friends and Friends of the High Line on a variety of Volunteer Day activities, which included:
- Hudson River Park Friends: As one of the largest volunteer efforts ever undertaken by Hudson River Park Friends, L’Oréal USA employees rolled up their sleeves to work on summertime maintenance and beautification projects throughout The Park, while receiving hands-on gardening training from professional horticulturists and learning about the unique environment of the nation’s longest riverfront park.
- Friends of the High Line: As an official corporate member of the High Line, L’Oréal USA employees worked on a horticulture project to improve the ecology of the iconic city park that runs alongside the company’s U.S. headquarters on Manhattan’s west side.
- WOC: Bottomless Closet: L’Oréal USA’s Women of Color Think Tank partnered with Bottomless Closet to host a job readiness workshop and career panel at L’Oréal USA’s headquarters. Bottomless Closet provides professional clothing, employment training and coaching services to women in need, helping to reduce the barriers New York City women face in the search for employment and career growth.
- Makedo Imagineering Build with PS 18: Through an interactive workshop led by L’Oréal USA employees, second and third grade students used their imaginations and engineering skills to construct inventions using Makedo toolkits, cardboard boxes and other household items.
- Ali Forney Center: In partnership with OUT@L’Oreal, L’Oréal’s LGBTQ Think Tank, and the Ali Forney Center, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness, L’Oréal USA employees participated in painting and beautification projects of Ali Forney sites across New York City.
Over the month of June, L’Oréal USA employees at the company’s administrative, operations and research and innovation facilities across the country are holding local Volunteer Day events to benefit an array of organizations including state food banks, local animal shelters, hospitals, senior care facilities and educational centers for children with disabilities.
The annual day of service is the U.S. extension of L’Oréal’s global Citizen Day initiative, the company’s ongoing effort to support communities worldwide. L’Oréal employees in nearly 70 countries all over the world contribute to Citizen Day, which reached a record 30,000 participants and 166,000 service hours in 2017.
L’Oréal USA’s Volunteer Day and the global Citizen Day program also reinforce the company’s sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty With All, which aims to improve the environmental and social impact of L’Oréal’s business across every level of the value chain and commits the company to reduce its water, waste and carbon emissions by 2020.