Our sustainable development policy

Being environmentally friendly, reducing our carbon footprint and supporting our communities, we deliver high quality products.

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Since the Group’s inception, we have placed the importance of both corporate social and environmental responsibility (CSR), and sustainable development at the heart of our development model. The Green Mission Pierre Fabre approach reflects our eco-friendly and socially responsible commitment to sustainable innovation benefitting both nature and people.


We strongly believe that our economic model, which combines independence, a long term vision, profitable growth and a responsible approach, creates value for all and is in line with our contribution to overall improved wellbeing.

Because we are aware of our responsibility, Pierre Fabre Group takes account of the social and environmental impacts of the company's business so as to consider sustainable development in each stage of the product life cycle, from the fields used to grow our key ingredients to your bathroom. 

Since 2012, the Pierre Fabre Group has been committed to an assessment and certification process for our CSR policy as per the principles of international standards (ISO 26000), and was awarded AFAQ 26000 certification in 2015, obtaining the exemplary rating.


The Green Mission Pierre Fabre Department is leading the cross-functional approach that involves both CSR and Sustainable Development, incorporating centers of expertise such as agronomy, botanical expertise, the sourcing and development of innovative plant-based active ingredients, environmental and organic certification processes and ecodesign. This approach is organized into five pillars:

• nature as a source of innovation,

• ethical sourcing,

• a local presence all over the world,

• low environmental impact,

• the meaning of our actions and respect for people.

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The Sustainable Development department coordinates and incorporates the Pierre Fabre Group's CSR process at all company levels. It is assisted by a CSR steering committee and approves the strategy and objectives for the Executive Committee.


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social and environmental commitment linked to each new strategic dermo-cosmetic product

Pierre Fabre employees running for CSR action

social and environmental action proposed to all employees each year

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Our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Action taken by the Group and the Pierre Fabre Foundation is helping meet 16 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The two goals on which the Group has the most impact are numbers 8 and 12, "decent work and economic growth" and "responsible consumption and production", respectively.


Our  Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) certification and awards

  Our ingredient manufacturing and supply chains

The Fair For Life standard applies to products traded between Southern and Northern countries. Four Pierre Fabre Group supply chains are involved in the fair trade process: ethical shea butter from Burkina Faso, desert date from Senegal (Klorane), pffafia from Brazil and moringa from Madagascar.

Over 180 hectares of Pierre Fabre organic farmland is managed by a farm certified as being of High Environmental Value.

The ERI 360° (Eco-Responsible Ingredient) label aims to define the level of eco-responsibility of cosmetic ingredients using an analysis table based on 100 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) indicators.


  Our organisation


ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001 certification is a stringent standard to which the Pierre Fabre Group is committed, proving that our organisation has established a customer culture and is fostering innovation.

Our Gaillac industrial sites are certified per international standard OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001, which recognises the use of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS).
We are ISO 14001 certified for the environmental management of our pharmaceutical production unit in Pau and for four plants: Gaillac, Avène, Virrey del Pino (Argentina), and Palézieux (Switzerland).


In order to assess its performance and demonstrate its commitment to lasting excellence, Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre (BEPF) decided to employ the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) assessment model, represented in France by AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation).
  Our buildings and gardens
The HQE (High Quality Environment) Green Building certification awarded to five Pierre Fabre sites is related to reducing a building's impacts on the environment in addition to optimising living conditions for the comfort and safety of users.
The Refuge LPO (bird protection league refuge) standard embodies the Pierre Fabre Group's commitments and approaches to our sustainable development policy and allows us to enter into an active process to protect biodiversity. Two sites are concerned: the Avène site for Eau Thermale d'Avène and the Puylaurens site.
More than 180 hectares of farmland belonging to Pierre Fabre's Madagascan subsidiary, as well as the Ranopiso Arboretum, have Ecocert "organic farming" certification.


Limiting our carbon footprint

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1. Avoiding the use of solvents

The Pierre Fabre green chemistry experts use environmentally friendly active ingredient extraction technologies. In 2019, after 8 years of research, the Group is innovating and developing an extraction technology to avoid the use of solvents: Green Native Expression.



2. Reducing our carbon footprint

To reduce the Pierre Fabre Group's environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of our products, we act on two levers:

  • Ecoproduction: reducing our consumption of resources and energy (solar panels, biomass boiler, etc.)

  • Ecodesign and biodegradability: reducing our emissions into the air, water and soil (by 2023 50% of the Group's product catalog will be eco-designed)

Discover some of the concrete actions we have taken to reduce our carbon footprint:

Maud VIMEUX- souriante et pro

At Pierre Fabre, we believe that equality between women and men is more than an objective, it is a condition for our success. This is why we are proud today to have achieved perfect parity in the management of our subsidiary within the International BU (13 F/13 M). In France, we have achieved a score of 90/100 on the Gender Equality Index (+1 point compared to last year) which reflects our actions to reduce the pay gap and our ongoing efforts in terms of diversity.

Maud Vimeux
Deputy General Manager in charge of Human Resources Worldwide

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