To be closer to consumers around the world, Research & Innovation strengthened its global presence. It includes 19 research centers worldwide, organized into 6 poles. The European pole integrates the global center for Advanced Research as well as the 3 global centers that define, for each of the 3 lines of business - hair, skin care and make-up - a global strategy and spearhead the portfolio of innovations. These global centers serve as the hub for a network that includes 5 other regional poles in the United States, Japan, China, India and Brazil. The mission of these poles? To adapt the global strategy to the specific features of their markets. But they are also there to invent new products that may become global innovations. In addition, 16 evaluation centers are tasked with observing and listening to local consumers. Finally, some fifty scientific and technico-regulatory departments ensure compliance of the products with local regulations.