Our Sustainable Development Policy

Being environmentally-friendly, reducing our carbon footprint and supporting our communities, while delivering safe and effective 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 well-being.

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. 

In 2022, the group chose the Engagé RSE label from AFNOR Certification to affirm its contribution to sustainable development. We are certified at the exemplary level of Engagé RSE and Responsibility Europe label from AFNOR Certification. 

For us, it is a concrete way to measure the performance of our CSR approach to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the international standard ISO 26000.

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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. 

of 2 products of the Group's product catalog will be eco-designed by 2023

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social and environmental commitment linked to each brand

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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 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 in Burkina Faso, henna leaves in Morocco, pfaffia in Brasil and camelia oil in France, all these supply chains are developped for René Furterer.

Over 180 ha 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 indicators.


  Our organization


ISO 9001 certification is a stringent standard to which the Pierre Fabre Group is committed, proving that our organization has established a customer culture and is fostering innovation.

Our Gaillac industrial sites are certified per international standard OHSAS 18001, which recognizes 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.
  Our buildings and gardens
The HQE Green Building certification awarded to five Pierre Fabre sites is related to reducing a building's impacts on the environment in addition to optimizing 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 for A-DERMA.
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:

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Employment of disabled people

Since 1989, the Pierre Fabre Group has been committed to integrating and employing disabled workers. Every three years, the company's Handi'Cap policy is renegotiated and signed by the social partners. Our employment rate for disabled workers was 5.93% in 2022, compared with the national average of 4%.

We take care of life by designing and developing innovative solutions inspired by consumers and patients, and contributing to the well-being of everyone from health to beauty.