Maya Colombani

Chief Sustainability & Human Rights Officer, L'Oréal Canada

Maya Colombani has been appointed Chief Sustainability and Human Rights Officer of L’Oréal Canada in April 2022. With an international career of over 20 years at L’Oréal, Maya is distinguished by a rich and comprehensive professional background. She began her career in France, working for leading design and advertising agencies such as Dragon Rouge, Publicis, and Euro RSCG. She then joined L’Oréal’s Professional Products division in 2001. There, she held positions in operational marketing and DMI (Direction Marketing International), for Kérastase and L’Oréal Professionnel. She carried out assignments in India and in the Western Europe zone, before moving to Brazil in June 2010 where she worked in marketing functions. Since the end of 2016, she has been Director of Sustainable Development for Brazil.

In this role, she profoundly transformed L’Oréal Brazil’s approach to sustainable development and human rights. She has implemented actions that inspired the L’Oréal Group and positioned L’Oréal Brazil as a national benchmark. L’Oréal Brazil is indeed regularly cited as an example and is used to fuel new reflections, both on environmental issues and on human rights issues, as well as with respect to the relations with the indigenous people of Brazil.

Her projects have been rewarded by the best rankings such as Guia Exame 2017/2018/2019; recognized as the best company in climate change as well as biodiversity management; and has received the WEP gold award 2021 on women empowerment supported by ONU Women and Compact Global.

In 2022, thanks to her strong inclusive social programs for indigenous and communities, the GLOBO recognized L’Oréal Brazil as “The company that makes the difference in term of inclusion and diversity.”

In Canada, Maya’s mission is to increase the positive footprint internally and externally in terms of sustainable development and human rights, and to accelerate the actions carried out within the framework of “L’Oréal For the Future.” Among her first projects, she has already focused, with the Canadian teams, on achieving the company’s full carbon neutrality on all its sites, as well as accelerating ambitious targets on water management and implementing cleantech partnership and eco-design business with committed brands.

Thanks to impactful projects in Canada, earned her the prestigious “Canada’s Clean 50” award that “recognized the most impactful 50 individual LEADERs that have demonstrated measurable leadership in fighting climate change and helping Canada transition to a low-carbon economy.” Another important achievement for Maya is being named President of the “Positive Impact Club” of the French CCI in Canada, to have a positive impact on our society and reinforce the bond between France and Canada.

Maya graduated from Reims Business School and completed an MBA semester of International Business Strategy in Victoria University, Australia. She now lives in Montreal, Québec, Canada with her family.

Speaker Sessions

Authentically Green: Strategies for Proactive Sustainability Action

  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
Session Date
Thursday, Feb 15 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lisa DeMarco Senior Partner and CEO, Resilient LLP
Jane McDonald Vice President, Climate and Nature Solutions
Maya Colombani Chief Sustainability & Human Rights Officer, L'Oréal Canada
Kai Alderson Partner, Global Energy and Climate Group, ESG & Sustainability Practice, Fasken

From Conflict to Collaboration: Working Across Difference to Advance Sustainability

  • Reaching Destination Net Zero
  • Intersectional Track
  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Pattie Gonia Environmentalist, Drag Queen, Musician, Co-Founder of Outdoorist Oath and Intersectional Environmentalist Founding Ambassador
Bill Lomax President and CEO, First Nations Bank of Canada
Phil De Luna Chief Carbon Scientist and Head of Engineering, Deep Sky
Maya Colombani Chief Sustainability & Human Rights Officer, L'Oréal Canada
Alicia M. Richins Sustainable Impact Consultant, Founder of The Climateverse, and Directory of Strategy & Governance, Leading Change Canada
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