L’Oréal celebrates a decade of changing lives

Reach for the stars is the message that has been shared with hundreds of care-experienced young people who have been through the innovative social impact programme L’Oréal Face Your Future. This month sees the 10th anniversary of the annual programme run by L’Oréal New Zealand, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ. Since 2009, more than 450 care-experienced young people, aged between 16-18 years, have graduated with new found skills and practical experiences, ranging from learning to give a firm handshake and make eye contact, to motivational workshops and goal setting.

Linda Surtees, Chief Executive, Fostering Kids NZ said, “L’Oréal is a fantastic example of how a business can help to improve outcomes for youth in New Zealand.  Youth often ask us, “why do they (L’Oréal) do this for us?”  They can see that L’Oréal has a genuine desire to help and show youth that they can be all that they want to be. It is amazing to watch the change in the participants during the Face Your Future programme.”

Over the years, contributors to the programme include many high profile New Zealanders including Ron Mark, musicians Pieter T, Awa, Anika Moa, PNC, sports people including Dillon Boucher and some of the New Zealand Breakers, former All Blacks, and beauty industry leaders Mana Dave, Rodney Wayne, Richard Kavanagh and Lisa Matson.

With a head office in Ellerslie, distribution centre in Otahuhu and a hairdressing academy in the Auckland CBD, L’Oréal New Zealand represents 20 of the company’s international beauty brands. The Company employs over 190 people from more than 20 nationalities in New Zealand.  Committed to sustainability, diversity and ethical business practices, L’Oréal also supports not-for-profit organisations including Look Good Feel Better and Sustainable Coastlines, along with Fostering Kids NZ.