What we're doing to preserve the world around us

Klorane Institute

The Klorane Institute is above all the commitment to and passion for plants. Since 1994, this company foundation has been striving to protect and enhance the value of plant heritage through three missions:

  • Protect
  • Explore
  • Educate

Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre

A certified approach for the responsible development of innovative, safe and effective plant-based active ingredients.

Diagnosis to improve the preservation of biodiversity

  • We have carried out an inventory on the biodiversity on our sites, in Soual, Gaillac, Lavaur, Avène, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Cahors, Puylaurens and our R&D Center Toulouse-Oncopole (France).
  • Plant species:
    • A partial flora inventory carried out on the Sakara (a small river that runs through Pierre Fabre's land) natural reserve in Madagascar led to the identification of 234 species, 35 of which are protected by international legislation.
    • The joint venture with Sovanmoly Hul, an Asian plant specialist and conservation manager for the National Herbarium at the National Natural History Museum in Paris, allowed the identification of three new plant species,Curculigo fabrei Hul, Solanum sakhanii Hul and Ardisia bakoriensis Hul.
    • The collective work on Cambodian flora, which includes 2,000 photographs representing 524 species, is the result of a joint project with the phytochemistry laboratory at the Phnom Penh pharmacy faculty
  • Marine species: The partnership initiated in 1998 with the Arago laboratory in Banyuls-sur-mer and the work accomplished as part of the mixed research team created in 2002 with the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI) and the CNRS in 2002 were designed to study marine microorganisms. This work improves the characterization of this biodiversity, which still remains relatively unknown.

Take action to conserve biodiversity

Because conservation means taking action, the Group's work involves respecting conventions but also implementing partnerships and original actions. 

Respecting conventions

  • Respecting the principles of the Rio Convention as well as local regulations in terms of access to biodiversity and the sharing of benefits
  • Respecting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Original creations

  • Creation of a CITES-approved botanical conservatory where almost 1,200 plant species are represented, 40% of which are protected, according to current international lists
  • Creation of an arboretum and protected reserve in Madagascar
  • Definition of non-cultivable plant collection management plans in order to maintain the longevity of the resource
  • "Refuge for the protection of birds" labeling for the Terre d'Avoine (France) site in September 2015.

Contribution to reforestation

With a vision of offsetting our carbon footprint, we have put projects into place that aim to reduce our impact on the environment.

Madagascar :

  • reforestation_madagascar.jpg20,000 trees have been planted each year in Madagascar since 2014 in order to offset our carbon footprint generated by the annual production of our anti-cancer drugs Navelbine and Javlor.
  • This project contributes to the national fight against deforestation and the improvement in food safety through the plantation of fruit trees
  • This project creates seasonal employment opportunities (plantation, maintenance)
  • Project certified  "Reforestation solidaire"  (relief reforestation) by Ecocert

Mali :

  • Offsetting 100% of the GHG emissions produced by the manufacturing of Ducray Extra-Doux Shampoo by planting trees in Mali as part of the Zanbal project

France :

  • Gradual offsetting of 120 tons of CO2 by planting 1 km of countryside hedgerows, which represents the annual emissions for the manufacturing and commercialization of  A-Derma's Exomega range

In addition, the Group is taking part in the  "Great Green Wall"  project in Africa.