ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES OF THE CENTURY
Protecting biodiversity and natural resources is one of the challenges of the century. For its part, our company takes up this challenge by ensuring that our activities respect ecological services and resources used, whether they are of plant, mineral or micro-organism origin. This is testified by our Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre for the responsible development of active plant substances as well as actions taken by our brands, the Water Laboratory at Avène or the Klorane Institute for the protection of plant heritage.
Nature offers us a wonderful field of exploration and creates a treasure to be preserved: approximately 40% of our turnover today comes from plant-based resources. More than 220 plant species are used in the group’s products, nearly 11,000 plant species and close to 20,000 plant samples are studied in research programs, and nearly 1,200 are represented at our Botanical Conservatory. Preservation of the plant heritage is a major aspect of the Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre approach.
Since 1994, within the Klorane Institute, we are committed to making 50 years of medicinal plant research run by the Pierre Fabre Laboratories available to all.
As a business foundation for the protection and use of plant heritage, the Klorane Institute has put in place concrete actions that revolve around three missions: Protect, Explore and Educate.
CONSERVATORIES AND GARDENS
We take part in the preservation and protection of plants. The Pierre Fabre Botanical Conservatory at Soual (Tarn) and the Ranopiso Arboretum in Madagascar are examples of this.
In addition to its protection and research missions, the Water Laboratory aims to share its knowledge and discoveries about Avène thermal spring water and the properties of water in general, with the public at large, whether healthcare specialists (pharmacists, dermatologists), patients or school children.
BRANDS AND BIODIVERSITY
Several of our brands are deeply involved in preserving biodiversity and the environment: Galénic protects argan trees in Morocco, René Furterer protects shea butter production in Burkina Faso, and Ducray runs a carbon compensation project in Mali.
SITES AND BIODIVERSITY
In 2010 and 2011, an ornithological diagnosis and analysis of flora, insects and habitats were carried out at the sites of Pierre Fabre Botanical Conservatory and the Soual factory. In 2012, an inventory of flora and insects was also made at the Pierre Fabre Research Center located on the Toulouse Oncopole campus. Since 2013, we have participated as voluntary farmers in the wild pollinator observation protocol for the Observatoire Agricole de la Biodiversité (OAB - Biodiversity Agricultural Observatory) at our Soual, Gaillac and Terre d’Avoine sites. Furthermore, we have carried out biodiversity diagnoses at the Gaillac and Avène sites.