Malcolm Staves, Global VP Health & Safety, L’Oréal

Malcolm Staves, Global VP Health & Safety, L’Oréal

  • Malcolm Staves is the Global VP of Health & Safety at L’Oréal.



Today, we have the privilege of welcoming a remarkable corporate leader, a guardian of well-being and safety. His name resonates with authority and innovation. This episode introduces us to Malcolm Staves, the Global VP for Health and Safety at the illustrious L’Oréal. Join us as we unveil the captivating chapters of his remarkable odyssey, where the hummingbird’s wings beat in harmony with a culture of care, making L’Oréal shine as a beacon of excellence in health, safety, and human values.

00:32- About Malcolm Staves

  • Malcolm Staves is the Global VP of Health & Safety at L’Oréal.

02:43- What is your “hummingbird approach “?

  • The Hummingbird is a South American fable that has been passed down for centuries, believed to originate from the Inca period. 
  • It tells the story of a forest fire, where all the animals flee except for the hummingbird. Instead of running away, the hummingbird flies to the nearby river, picks up a drop of water, and repeatedly goes back and forth to try to extinguish the fire. 
  • Other animals mock the hummingbird, believing its efforts to be futile. 
  • However, the hummingbird remains determined, saying it is doing the best it can. 
  • Eventually, the other animals join in, and together they successfully put out the fire. 
  • This fable teaches the concept of marginal gains, where every small action, regardless of how insignificant it may seem, can have an impact. 
  • It also emphasizes the importance of leadership and caring for others, as the hummingbird exemplifies these qualities. 

16:20- Importance of employee engagement and education when it comes to maintaining a culture of health and safety at L’Oréal

  • Employee education and engagement are crucial for maintaining a culture of health and safety. Without them, a genuine culture of health and safety cannot exist. 
  • People are at the heart of everything we do, and the success of a company, such as L’Oréal, relies on its employees at all levels. 
  • Training programs play a significant role in educating employees, and we have various training initiatives in place.
  • We also provide training for online managers to align them with our methodologies and help them balance safety responsibilities with their other tasks. 
  • Finding the right balance between safety and profitability is important because a company must provide returns to stakeholders to sustain itself. 
  • The goal is to make leadership visible and impactful in the realm of health and safety and to actively engage and involve employees so that they can contribute to creating a safer environment. 


You can connect with Malcolm Staves FIIRSM | LinkedIn


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  • Malcolm Staves is the Global VP of Health & Safety at L’Oréal.

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