Région Wallonne;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.4 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations
New offshoring locations
Sweden, Switzerland

170 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
13 February 2007
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2007
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


On 13 February 2007, the management of the Swedish group Oriflame Cosmetics, specialised in catalogue selling of cosmetic products, announced its plans to close the sites in Waterloo, Belgium, and in Malmö, Sweden. 170 jobs are threatened in Belgium where the product development, logistics, sales support and financial departments are settled. The group intends to expand its logistic centres in Poland and Russia and to transfer most of its activities to Stockholm (Sweden) and Fribourg (Switzerland). The aim is to improve its profitability and to become the world leader in catalogue selling of cosmetic products. There is currently no employee representative at the company as no candidate stood at the last elections. However, in these circumstances the consultation process in Belgium allows the workers to call in an official union's representative to negotiate with the management.


  • 17 February 2007: La Libre Belgique
  • 21 February 2007: Le Soir


Eurofound (2007), Oriflame Cosmetics, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Belgium, factsheet number 64972, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64972.