International Women in Science Conference
For almost 100 years L'ORÉAL has been a synonym for beauty. Represented in more than 130 countries and with a turnover of 15.8 billion Euros in 2006, L'ORÉAL is the worldwide leader in the cosmetic industry. With its 19 international brands such as L'ORÉAL Paris, Garnier, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Vichy or Kérastase, L'ORÉAL is represented in every products category and distribution channel. L'ORÉAL's business is founded on respect for differences and the capacity to match personal diversity with the diversity of the products and brands.
The effectiveness of the products is built on in-depth research that reflects L'ORÉALs dedication to innovation, safety and the highest standards of reliability for the consumer's benefit. Research is one of the keys to L'ORÉAL success and has been at the core of the company's strategy since its foundation by the chemist Eugène Schueller. L'ORÉAL has built up its own cutting edge research by investing more than three billion euros in this area in the last 10 years. About 3000 researchers specialising in over thirty different disciplines are continuously contributing to scientific progress concerning hair, skin and colour formulas.
For women in science
The L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Partnership to promote women in science
Through the "For Women in Science" programme started in 1998, UNESCO and L'ORÉAL have been supporting the efforts of remarkable women scientists all over the world. Each year, five L'ORÉAL-UNESCO awards are presented to five exceptional women researchers, one from each continent in the world. Fifteen UNESCO-L'ORÉAL fellowships are also awarded to young, highly talented women scientists. The aim of the "For Women in Science" programme is to improve the overall situation for women in science worldwide.
In addition to the international programme there are also national initiatives. In Germany, the German UNESCO Commission and L'ORÉAL Germany, in partnership with the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation launched their own support programme for young women scientists. The German support programme is aimed at highly qualified, female post-doctoral researchers who are working in Germany and who also have children.